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Moving? Preparing to sell your home? You have things tucked away in closets, extra rooms and in-house storage that may have been collected for a long time. There is an old phrase that clutter takes on a life of its own. It is not planned or organized you will cause stress and disorder, which will lead to higher emotions.

So, start with organizing and categorizing each item in to one of the following groups.

  • Trash
  • Give away
  • Yard Sale
  • Storage
  • Daily use

When packing always mark clearly on each box what you have packed inside and what room that it came from. Then later you can assign it a destination room in the future.

Great Opportunities:

  • Weed-out items we no longer wish to keep or store
  • Store the items that are out, but no longer in every day use.

Organizing your packing will make the moving process much faster. You won't have boxes spread all over the house in every single room and closet. You will have more empty spaces then full ones. It is never too early to begin packing for a move.

Things To Remember

  • Items are not equivalent to memories of the person who gave them to you.
  • Pruning items with an emotional attachment can be very difficult. Consider carefully if you need the item to have the memory or emotionally attachment.
  • If you’re not sure, consider storing items on a trial basis, or giving them to another family member for safekeeping.
  • If you really feel the need to keep an item, don’t fight it.
  • Get rid of old clothing even if it is the size you used to be and hope to return to. Think about instead rewarding yourself with a new items
  • Don’t force yourself to keep sets if you only use part of the set. If you cannot break up a set, at least store the portions you do not use.
  • Keeping things just because you might need them someday may seem like a good reason for clogging your closets. Remind yourself that what you really need is space and organization.