In today’s world it can be hard to get rid of stuff that we no longer need. However moving is the perfect time to focus on the items we really can live without. Save yourself some time energy and money by getting rid of unneeded items before you pack up the moving truck! Less things means less time spent packing and less energy moving heavy boxes of clutter You also might save some money if you’re able to get a smaller moving truck for you lightened load!

A perfect example of some things we don’t really need and that take up time are magazines. Often times we allow keep renewing the subscriptions but we never get a chance to read those magazines or they just get thrown into the recycle bin. Impulse purchasing when in a clothing store department store and even the grocery store. What is clutter costing you?  It could be time money and STRESS? Go through your belongings as much as you possibly can and get rid of the clutter once and for all!

  1. Get Real: Make a list of the things you really need to purchase on a weekly basis and focus on sticking to your shopping list. The savings will be alarming when you see what you really can do without. Those impulse purchases at the checkout can add up.

  2. Cull: Get rid of all those junk drawers and make a home for each item within those drawers. My rule for clients is only one junk drawer allowed in a home.

  3. Quality: Favor quality over quantity ever time! If you buy the best that you can afford you will save money in the long run from having to purchase duplicate items of the less expensive version. Less maintenance is always a plus.

  4. Entertainment Purge: How many books do you have that you’ve already read? Instead of hoarding all those books CD’s and DVD’s consider taking them to a resale shop or donate the ones you no longer need. These items can pile up quickly and become dust collectors.

  5. Cancellations: We can all live without all the premium channels on our cable television subscription. With all the new electronic devices like the I-pad nook etc we can now cut all the paper clutter and TV clutter from our lives. When setting up services at your new home consider what services you truly can live without.

Set a goal for yourself right now: You are going to act on cutting out things you really don’t need and purging through the entertainment area of your home. However set a realistic goal such as going through your books or magazines for one hour on a Saturday. If you set your expectations too high such as getting your entire study done in one day you will only disappoint yourself. Start small and move to a more complex project when you are ready.  If you want your new home to feel less cluttered give yourself a head start before the move.  By the time you get into your new home you’ll have less to unpack and you’ll have learned a simpler lifestyle allowing you to live with less! This will help you reflect on how much you really don’t need. Remember less is MORE!

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Tonia Tomlin is the Founder and President of Sorted Out™ and Sorted Out Publishing. Tonia is an author publisher speaker and mother of twin girls. She has been featured on HGTV’s Mission: Organization and is the author of the book Chaos 2 Calm: The Moms-of-Multiples’ Guide to an Organized Family.