Moving day is fast approaching (we sign the lease on our rental this Friday).
Nothing is packed.
Not one box. Nada. Zip. Everyone else seems more concerned than I am. I think it’s because we don’t actually close on our house for another 15 days, so it’s not like we have to evacuate immediately. Plus, we don’t have a lot of extranenous crap to decide the fate of come moving time.
No, I did a pretty good job a year and a half ago decluttering our house and becoming more mindful about what things we use, how we use things, and where we use things. I thank this book for getting me started in the right direction-
It’s All Too Much isn’t a book about how to get organized, but rather, a book about the reasons we accumulate and hold onto things. Peter Walsh makes several good points for getting rid of the crap that’s crowding your house (and probably your thoughts).
The book also has a section about room functions and really thinking about what that you use each room for, which is particularly helpful when organizing your belongings. Apartment Therapy posted a great article on this topic also.
I won’t tell you that I was able to minimize and thin out all the unneccessary stuff in our house in one go- it took some time. There were things I hesitated about and held onto for a few more months, until I was finally able to admit that I hadn’t touched them once and therefore, probably didn’t need.
Here are some tips I found helpful for decluttering thinning out the unneccessary stuff-
1. Giving things away to friends and family makes it easy to get rid of certain things. For me, books and art supplies were hard for me to let go of. Nevermind if it was a book I’d cracked open once (or NEVER!) or art and craft supplies for projects I no longer had the time or interest in pursuing. Giving stuff away to friends and family who would use those items though made it feel like I was giving them gifts, which made me feel better about letting things go.
2. DO NOT buy new storage containers until you’ve done your first major round of decluttering. I had so many containers freed up after I finished my major decluttering that I ended up giving some away; the containers themselves were creating clutter! I did keep some though, so I’d have less boxes to scrounge up come moving time!
3. Keep a box/bag in the garage or a closet for donation items. If you know you’re never going to wear those pants again or that paperback will never be reread, toss it in the bag/box. When the box is full, drop it off at a donation site. I find this extremely helpful to keep the clutter from creeping back in again.
Hope this all helps- I can’t tell you how much freer and lighter it feels not having all the extra crap weighing me down…or how much faster moving is going to go when we finally get around to packing!!
Got any good advice for organizing or decluttering? Leave a comment below!