Minimalist Moving: How to De-Clutter for a Lighter Load

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Most of us can admit we have way too much stuff. Whether you collect mementoes from important milestones, treasures from a bygone era, clothes you can’t seem to part with, or books and magazines, all that stuff is taking up far too much room.

From attics full of dusty holiday ornaments that never get put up to garages full of camping gear that never gets used, it’s time to de-clutter your home. If you’re facing a residential move in the near future, there’s never been a better time to try minimalism. It will make your move go faster and easier, plus you’ll save money on lighter loads to transport.

Here, we’ll help you clear out those unwanted items and part with the old toys, collectibles, furniture and everything else that no longer serves a purpose in your life.

Decide What’s Clutter—and What’s Not

Sorting your stuff is a vital first step in the process. But first, you’ll have to come up with some rules about what goes into the trash and what you will take with you. Anything that brings you true joy should go with you, but you have to be really discerning about what actually makes you happy. Aside from those subjective items, you’ll need to keep practical items as well, such as kitchen utensils or electronic gadgets. But avoid bringing duplicates. One spatula is fine; you don’t need seven. And as for all those old laptops, tablets and gaming systems you don’t use, give them away or recycle them.

Remember: More Stuff Equals More Time

One method that can help you de-junk is to recognize the time-suck each item you own brings you. Consider the time commitment each object will demand from you and has demanded from you in the past. Remember, every figurine, statue and trophy must be maintained and dusted, plus you have to pay to have it moved. Does a particular object swallow too much of your time? If so, pitch it.

Start with the Easy Stuff

Starting the de-cluttering process early is key so you don’t get overwhelmed. As you go, separate your stuff into three piles: one to keep, one to toss, and one to donate. Dispense of the piles as soon as you can so they don’t start piling up. Work room by room, and divide large areas such as the basement or attic into a few days’ work.

Avoid Keeping Stuff Out of Guilt or Obligation

Just because it was a gift doesn’t mean you have to keep it forever. If you must, take a photo pf the memento and toss it, or write down all the memories and emotions behind those cherished items, then get rid of them. This is a way to honor friendships and express gratitude without keeping lots of stuff that you really don’t need.

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