Cutting Back on Clutter

Preparing for a move is a great time to cut back on the clutter. Why pack and move something you never use when you could get rid of it instead? But cutting back on clutter is more than just getting rid of unused items.

Change your mindset

Eliminating clutter is an entire lifestyle shift. Not only should each item have a home, but each item should “live” in its respective home when it’s not in use. Yes, this means as soon as you finish eating, you put your plate in the dishwasher (not the sink). As soon as you finish flipping through the mail, you toss anything that isn’t worthy of keeping and file everything else. Expect a percentage of your day to be dedicated to maintenance and it won’t feel like such a drudgery.

No pressure

If you’re not moving, you can take a laid-back approach to clutter. As you go throughout your day and notice things you no longer need, put them in a box for goodwill. If you see something out of place, put it in its proper home immediately. Create order as you go about daily tasks, and eventually every area of your home will be clutter-free and organized.

Full speed ahead

If you are moving and you don’t have the time to organize as you go, it’s time to get ruthless. Put bins or boxes in the middle of the room labeled “Keep,” “Trash,” “Giveaway,” and “To Be Decided.” Make your way around the room and sort items as quickly as possible. Set a timer or turn on some upbeat music if you need some extra motivation. Have back-up boxes already labeled and set aside so you can immediately replace the filled ones. The quicker you decide, the better. Sometimes we get hung up on “am I going to need this?” questions. The more you have to think about it the less likely it is that you actually need it. Put question mark items in the “to be decided” or “giveaway pile; you can always go through them again later.