and this is what you get:
verb. decline - deny - reject - repudiate - disallow - repulse
noun. trash - garbage - rubbish - waste - litter - offal
Is it not interesting? We need to refuse refuse!! That is we need to Just Say No to worthless items!
If we don't accept things that we don't need, that add no 'worth' and are hence 'worthless', to our lives and our homes we simplify our lives. We save our money and keep our houses cleaner.
I think that the only confusing part of this concept is the term 'worthless.'
I agree they could have been worn! If they had been patched and worn that would have been wonderful! keep them out of landfill, reduce resources used to produce and transport new pants, and saves some money! But once they have been replaced, and then squirreled off some place to take up space, they no longer have that value. They are worthless, and worse more resources are being used to house that item!
Now you can see by the documentary gentleman's house that he has applied his 'worth' theory to many, many, many items, and they have filled his home. So perhaps if we can teach ourselves more definitive theory of 'worth,'
we could find balance in order to simplify our lives. For me something has worth only if I am going to use it, if it is currently serving a purpose in my life. The most obvious use is utilitarian--something i use frequently in some way. Other purposes could be happiness, but here again the waters get murky. Many will claim the stuff makes them 'happy' of course that is another long post! For me, if seeing an item makes me happy, and that is it, I don't actually use it, then I take a picture and gleefully let go! I know that picture is there for me should i wish to enjoy it, and now get to have my space too!