If you are planning a move because you sold your Zionsville, IN home, you may have an overwhelming urge to throw all your possessions into boxes, tape them shut and think, “I’ll deal with this after moving!” But, now is the time to declutter. There’s no better time to get rid of unnecessary stuff than right before a move. You have to go though everything already, and if you follow through, you’ll start life at your new home with less junk and a stronger connection to the items you decided to hold onto before moving.
Sounds great, but how do you do it?
Category by Category. Think about your past attempts to tidy up or simplify your physical space. Odds are you went about it room by room. This time, try category by category. For example, if you keep some dinner plates in the kitchen and others in the dining room, put them all together in one place before going through them and deciding what to keep. Same for clothes, books, athletic equipment and so on throughout the house.
Don’t focus on what you’re discarding. Rather, focus on the things you are choosing to keep in your new Zionsville, IN home: This makes the process feel more positive.
Handle Everything. Organization experts suggest touching everything you own in order to determine if you truly want and need it. Take clothes, for example, remove all your clothes from your closet and dresser, physically hold them and decide one-by-one if you want to keep each item. You might be tempted to just flip through your shirts as they hang in your closet. According to the experts, that’s a no-no. You have to get everything out of its place to determine if you want it—and if it truly brings you joy.
Find the Joy. It’s all about keeping the items that do offer joy and getting rid of everything that doesn’t. Of course, the standard doesn’t work for each and every item in a household. A plunger isn’t likely to “spark joy”—but having one around is still a good idea.
Make Moving an Event. Most people believe tidying is something you need to work at, something that requires upkeep. Instead of doing a little tidying up here and a little there whenever you have time, make your clean-up an event—something you spend a weekend doing with friends and family. In short, think of this method as a marathon that ends rather than daily sprints that go on and on.
Rodney & Amanda Heard
Heard Real Estate Team