We moved five months ago, but our decluttering process started over a year ago. In anticipation of our move, we were forced to take stock of absolutely everything in our home. Moving tends to help in that regard. We knew were were downsizing, so the need to get rid of a lot of items was a must. We held a yard sale and we also used Craigslist to get rid of larger items. All of our efforts paid off, and, in the end, we downsized our home and reduced the amount of clutter in our lives.
I thought of all the clutter that we had to inventory when I read this article in the Ireland edition of The Independent. The author forced himself to declutter during his fifth move in as many years. Moving is a great motivational event that should lead to getting rid of tons of clutter. From the article:
I’m discovering that, despite all that to-ing and fro-ing between places over the past half-decade, I’ve never properly culled my mountain of possessions. Instead, I’ve just created a lot of work for myself and the unlucky slave labour I recruited for each move by hauling all this stuff around with me each time …
My guiding rule this time out is: if I haven’t worn it since I moved last time, then it’s getting tossed. I’ve been surprisingly faithful to that guiding maxim, ignoring that little voice in my head that says: “Hey, those X-Works jeans and boot runners could be considered vintage next week, hang onto them!”
Everyone moves, but some of us don’t take advantage of this situation and needlessly transport clutter from one location to another. Make sure you take stock of everything you have, and ask the question, “Do I really need this in my new home?”