Let's admit, all of our homes are stuffed with items that we never even glance at for the second time. There's just too much stuff – dusty attics crammed up with old clothes and holiday decorations, garages full of equipment that we've hardly tried our hands on, basement packed with old furniture, heirlooms – you name it! All that junk which once you considered your prized possession lies there for years until it's time to move to a new home. Moving offers a chance to clear out all the excess unwanted items from your home and life.
Grab this opportunity for a fresh start and start decluttering!Figure Out that Your Valuables Have an Emotional Footprint
Decluttering is hard – and one of the major reasons behind this is the emotional touch or some happy memory attached with the belongings. Maybe you keep extras of some items for safety. Or maybe you want to throw away the old hand me downs given by your mother but simply can't do it because of that guilt. They are more than mere objects for you. Figure out the reason why you just can't let go of such stuff.Play by the Rules
Sorting is a crucial part of the entire moving process. Prepare a set of rules to decide what's clutter and what's not. For instance, everyday items like utensils or technical gadgets are a must-have in your new home. On the other hand, it's time to part ways with stuff that you haven't used for months.Realize Each Object Demands Time
If you are having a hard time throwing away excessive junk, think about the time commitment required for each item you own. Come to terms with the fact that some of your stuff is simply a time suck. De-junk all the stuff that you don't require or doesn't serve your purpose anymore. It's time you bid farewell to them.Aim for the Low-Hanging Fruit
Often people find decluttering overwhelming simply because they don't know where to start. Clearing out easy stuff offers a great head start to the entire decluttering project. For instance, to declutter your old clothes, you can go through your laundry basket first. Moreover, you can sort the items in 3 piles – one to keep, second to throw away, and third to donate.Don’t Hang Onto Stuff Out of Obligation
Just because you got it as a gift doesn’t mean you have to keep it forever. You are not obligated to hang on to that bright and glittery “FRIENDS FOREVER” locket even when you don't love it. Surely it was a really nice gesture on your friend's part, but the best idea is to donate it. Pen down all the memories and emotions attached to the gift items before giving them away.