Moving is the perfect time to purge all the clutter and unnecessary stuff you’ve been hanging on to. For some, tossing or donating unused items is simple, but for others, there is a huge block there. I am in the first group. If there is a box that hasn’t been opened in a year or so, I have no problem throwing away the entire thing without even cracking the lid. My husband, on the other hand, can get attached to things. There are some boxes that we have moved multiple times, even though they’ve never once been unpacked. What is in there? Programs from high school plays, angsty teenage journals, birthday cards from childhood friends, fabulous ’90s mix tapes, and on and on.
Moving is Your Chance to Deal with Clutter
We always try to reduce our clutter and not accumulate stuff we don’t need, but we use moving as an opportunity to really dig into junk drawers and basement corners to do some serious cleaning. Moving is a chance to break bad habits of being weighed down by stuff we don’t need and never look at.
Recently, my husband has had some revelations about living a bit more simply and getting our extra stuff under control. Hallelujah! If the six full trash bags in the basement are any indication, we are going to be leaner than ever when we are ready to move this time. If you need a bit of inspiration to get started on your hoards, here are a few resources that have been helpful to us.
1. This article about letting go of sentimental items. That entire blog is pretty great too.
2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. This book has been pretty revolutionary for a lot of folks.
3. Ten Creative Ways to Declutter over on Becoming Minimalist gives lots of ideas to get your started.