People tend to collect items the longer they live in a home. If you have lived in your household for more than a couple of years, it is likely you are surrounded by a lot of unused items. Until you begin to prepare for a move, you do not realize the amount of stuff you have accumulated. People tend to accumulate electronics, electric appliances, and even furniture. These items usually get stuffed into the back of a closet or cabinet. If it is a large item, it may be shoved in the attic, basement, or garage. Before you move, it is important to declutter and remove items that you no longer use or want. This can make moving and packing a lot easier.
The simplest way to declutter is to go room by room. This allows you to stay in one place and focus on your items. If you haven’t used an item in a year, you probably do not need to keep it. Broken items should be thrown out immediately. It is important never to feel guilty about decluttering your home. Removing items from your life can create less stress.
Once you have completed the rooms, you will need to decide if you want to donate items or sell them. There is no right or wrong answer. If you want some extra money, you have a garage sale, list items on a for sale site, or ask friends if they would like to buy. If you don’t want the extra hassle, donate the items to a shelter or church. Many will even come to pick up items.
When looking through items, you should keep items that you need and ones that are special or sentimental. By doing this, you will declutter your home and make moving easier and cheaper, because you will not need extra moving supplies and room for all the items you got rid of!