It’s no secret that most of us have too much clutter in our lives. Nothing makes us realize just how must stuff we have like having to move. This forces us to confront our attic that’s full of old holiday decorations, the garage full of old camping equipment, and the basement brimming with heirlooms.
If you are about to move and can see this clutter-confrontation on your horizon, there’s hope. This is your opportunity to clear unwanted items and part with stuff that no longer has value in your life. In today’s blog post, we would like to share with you some tips on how to do this. If you are in the Fort Worth area and would like the help of professional movers, contact us today. Check out our full list of moving services here.
Acknowledge The Emotional Footprint
One of the biggest reasons it is so difficult to declutter and part ways with objects is that our belongings become more than things — they become tokens and stand-ins for different emotions and periods of life. Whether it’s old hand-me-downs your mother gave you or ten of the same thing, these items have like created an emotional footprint. Recognizing that your things are more than things to you can help you identify the underlying cause of this behavior, thereby making it easier to part ways.
Separate Clutter From Valuables
Before you begin sorting through all of the clutter and separating items in boxes, establish some rules. Specifically, try to come up with a system that allows you to assess what is valuable and what is just junk. Although this sounds much easier than it is, it is possible to do. For example, maybe you decide to adhere to the rule of if you haven’t touched it in over a year, it’s time to pitch it or give it away. Remember that you can always borrow or buy new stuff you need.
When faced with a heaping pile of clutter or, worse, a basement full of junk, you may be tempted to put it off until right before you move. It seems that once a room reaches a certain critical mass, the thought of addressing it can feel so overwhelming. Don’t give in to this pressure. Instead, start early and work as you go. Start separating your things into piles — keep, pitch, and give away, for example. Similarly, when facing a big area, divide the job into multiple jobs. This is why it’s important to not wait until the last day.
Don’t Keep Things Out Of Guilt
Just because it was a gift doesn’t mean you have to keep it. Yeah, it was a nice gesture when your friend got you a big “Best Friends” poster, but it’s not getting much use stacked on the shelf in your garage. Instead of keeping it, maybe get a journal, write down all the memories the memento conveys, and then pitch it. This way you can pay homage to the memory, preserve it, and also reduce clutter.
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