Someone I was working with recently told me that she hated the idea of tossing things out because the stuff would end up in a land-fill. This kept her from even taking a look at the things in her home.
I said that some things could be recycled, and some donated, but, yes, some would end up in a land-fill. But if those particular things stayed in her home, then her home becomes a land-fill. It's either trash in her home, or trash in a garbage dump. The kinder thing to do would be to make her home a clean, beautiful and enjoyable place.
She liked this new choice. She opened up and began letting things go.
I encourage my clients to go for the kinder option.