What’s The Ideal Time To De-Clutter?
There’s an easy answer to this question – as soon as possible! What you don’t want to do is waste money and energy transporting everything you own to your new home, only to quickly realise that you don’t need or want a lot of it.
Therefore, you’ll be much better off if you get started as soon as you can. This gives you more time to consider your options carefully and narrow it down to just the things you really want to take with you when you move.
To make a start and complete the process properly, try working through the following:
1. First, make sure you’re in the right mindset for clearing out your possessions. Relax and even try meditation to clear your mind before you start.
2. You need to stay focused and not get distracted going through everything – there will be plenty of time for that later when you’ve moved into your new place. If you know something is special and worth keeping, great – set it aside and move on.
3. Start in one defined room and work through that until you’re finished. Now is not the time to start moving things between rooms and deciding where to put things, as you’ll only get distracted. Stay put until it’s all organised, then tackle the next area.
4. Set up different areas on your floor for different categories of items. You might put things you’re definitely throwing out in one area, things you probably should get rid of in another, and things that you can consider selling in another.
5. Leave your fully-organised possessions in storage somewhere for a while, if you have time. If you realise you actually miss something, you have the chance to rescue it. More likely, you might find that you don’t even remember what these items are, in which case they have to go.
6. Repeat the process until you are satisfied! Often this gets easier once you get into the process and realise that parting with your clutter feels a lot better than hanging on to everything just in case. This is one of the best things you can do to get ready for moving into a new place and reduce your stress levels, now and in the future.
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