So you’re planning to move to an apartment in Raleigh, NC or maybe you simply need to de-clutter, but it’s hard to part with so many things, especially if they bring fond memories. How to do it?
Downsizing is an emotional process. You will discover items you haven’t seen in years, and you will have to decide what to do with them. Give yourself some time to reminisce, and then make a decision.
Five de-cluttering tips to consider:
Do one room at a time, a little bit each day. Think of it as “editing” a room: Start in the upper left-hand corner of one wall and start ‘reading’ from left to right and from top to bottom. If you start to stray to another part of the room, stop yourself and return to where you were.
Get rid of multiples. Example: Own several coffee pots? Keep one. If you can only use one at a time, you don’t need to keep both.
When you look at an item, consider: Will you use it? If you haven’t used it in the past year, it’s likely you never will. Donate unused exercise equipment and rarely used small appliances. Get rid of those multiple vases, Bundt pans and plastic containers with missing lids. Take a hard look at old shoes, clothes you've never worn, socks missing a mate and expired makeup.
As you go through your things, follow a strict yes/no policy – no “maybes.” Either you will keep it or ditch it.
If you aren’t convinced the item deserves a yes, then it’s a no.
Keep in mind the limited space of your new place.
If you get rid of the clutter, you can fill your new place with the things you really love, making it feel like home.