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Many of Action Moving & Storage articles have discussed the importance of cutting down on one’s supply of unneeded or unnecessary items prior to moving – but few have gone into much detail on how to do it. While uncluttering your home may seem like a no-brainer activity, it can actually be quite the arduous task for some. Lots of people will even make the mistake of trying to move all of their possessions, without downsizing in the slightest.

Even if you are not planning on moving, there is a good chance that you have accumulated a lot of…stuff over the years. From old holiday packaging to broken camping equipment, it is too easy to allow everything to pile up. Once you follow the tips below, you’ll be looking at your newly uncluttered space, scratching your head, wondering, ‘why do I need an attic in the first place?’

The icing on the cake is that you will have a lot less work to do when it comes to moving time. Simpler is often better, especially when you don’t have to break your back moving overflowing boxes full of junk.

  • If you are planning on moving house, start your uncluttering routine by sorting through everything that you own and plan on bringing with you. Right out the gate, you should be able to easily determine what you want to keep, and what is not worth bringing for the ride. To make things easier, consider how often you use the item in question. Kitchen utensils and appliances are probably keepers, but your VHS collection may not be.
  • One handy tip to streamline your decision to keep, donate, or throw away, is to take into consideration the time that it will take you to pack and unpack each and every belonging.  Time is a precious resource, particularly when you are hitting the grind and moving house. Even after you have completed the process, you shouldn’t forget that you will have to take care of these items long after you have completed the move – dusting off your old shoe collection starts to get obnoxious after a while.
  • Going through all of your stuff so that you can pick and choose what to take may cause stress for some people. This is a perfectly normal reaction when faced with an immense task! To ease the workload, start light. Sift through possessions that you know will be easy to get rid of, such as old letters or clothes. Once you start getting serious with your sorting, start organizing everything into different areas. One area for keepers, one for things you want to throw away, and one for items that you plan on donating.
  • One of the chief reasons why people have such difficulty ridding themselves of their possessions is due to the emotional bonds that they form with these inanimate objects. Understandably, it can be very difficult to part with a gift that a close friend gave you years ago. Fortunately, you almost certainly should not have this sort of attachment to many of your assets. While uncluttering, try to distance yourself from the backstory of each item. By doing this, you will detach all ties to these objects, making them easier to throw away or donate. If there is an item that bears some truly important value within the context of your life, such as a family heirloom, you should be able to recognize it right away and ensure that it gets safely packed up before the move.

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