If you haven’t used it in a year or more, get rid of it! This was the mantra I tried to use when we were packing up our house for the move and worked on reducing clutter in our life.
We lived in our house for just over 10 years and we had amassed a TON of stuff (40 tons to be more exact). I’m not exactly a hoarder, but Cory was starting to joke about it, so, it was time to reduce the clutter in our lives.
Did I really need 7 pie pans? Who are we kidding? I’m not a baker! As soon as I started realizing that I could simplify my life by simplifying what we owned/stored/crammed into the nooks and crannies of our house. It was liberating to move out the clutter!
I mentioned in my recap post of past years that we filled a 40 yard dumpster to the top in our mission to declutter! It wasn’t really that expensive to rent a dumpster considering how much better I feel about not having as much crap in the house and in my life. Cory reminded me over and over again how I couldn’t just stash things away and call it decluttered. He always brings reality to my life!
There are other ways to reduce clutter in your life. We went to Goodwill at least a dozen times during the 2 months that we packed and moved. We sold many items to friends and family.
I also made a list of simple habits to keep life clutter free. I wanted to be sure I didn’t bring the same cluttered habits to our new home!
We ran out of time to go through everything before the move, so now there are boxes sitting in our garage waiting for me to go through them thoroughly as I unpack. It has been a struggle to dig through boxes to find printer paper, last year’s tax returns, and so on. But I refuse to unpack them until I can really take the time to throw things away as I unpack.