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The fewer items you have to move come moving day then unpack when you settle down, the easier the move will be on your mind and body. Getting rid of items before you move can be tricky for a variety of reasons. Some of us get overly attached to materialistic items. Others just don’t have the time or willpower to think about purging the house of items when we have one million other things to do with family and work. The following methods offer various approaches that you can take to clear out the stuff you no longer need.

Set Goals 

set goalsSetting exact goals as to how much stuff you want to get rid of can be a bit on the tricky side. You can’t really know exactly what you want to get rid of, but you can set some abstract goals as to how much you want to clear out. Your goal could be as small as purging five items or as large as purging a room’s worth of stuff. It helps before you get started knowing exactly what you are getting yourself into.

Motivational Quotes

Are you one of those people who needs constant reminders/motivation to get things done? Plastering motivational quotes, preferably about minimalism or something like that, will not only inspire you to start chucking items, but it will also serve as friendly reminders that you still need to complete this task. Put the quotes on the fridge, bathroom mirrors, bedroom doors, nightstands or anywhere else that you’ll definitely notice them.

Box/Bag Game 

This game is simple to play, but it can really help you clear out a lot of stuff for those of you who like games. The rules or simple: you start with a bag or box then it must be filled with stuff you are getting rid of before you stop. You can choose to play this game once or several times until you feel as if you’ve cleared out a satisfactory amount of junk. It also gives you a convenient place to store this stuff until you decided what exactly to do with it.

Get the Kids Involved 

kids packingOf course you do not want the kids making decisions as to what you should keep around most of the house, but they can be in charge of getting rid of old toys, clothes, etc. in their own rooms. Some children may be reluctant to part with old toys, but try to motivate them by donating the toys at the end of the process. If the kids know their toys will help other kids in need, it may make them feel more generous about parting with toys they no longer use.

Offer or Give Yourself Incentives 

There is nothing wrong with a little bit of positive reinforcement to help get things done. Motivate yourself and family members by offering small rewards for starting to cleanse the house of items. A nice meal, ice cream, a movie, video games or whatever helps ease the process along.


Once you’ve picked out items that you want to get rid of, consider which of these items have any re-sale value. Although extra money is always nice, the time and labor involved in posting something for sale need to offer a good bit of money to make it worth your while. Craigslist is a simple way to sell a bunch of items that is free. We recommend putting up a picture on your ads to help make the sales.


Free markets and the Freecycle website is a great way to give people the chance to turn your trash into their treasures. Research in your area these types of programs, so that you are offering a little bit something back to the community. The Freecycle website is a great place to start to offer items for free to people in your area.


Obviously giving unused items to charity like Good Will lets your unused objects help someone in need. Just make sure that the quality of the items is high enough that you don’t just end up creating work for the people at the charities who will then have chuck your items for garbage for you.


recycle itemsThis is always an option. Sometimes we just run out of time to deal with getting rid of items. Throwing some things in the garbage isn’t the end of the world really, and it certainly is better than wasting the time and energy moving it from one place to the next.

Yard Sale

Yard sales are a whole lot of work, and sometimes they do not pay off. Not only do you have to spend the time hauling everything inside and outside, you then have to spend a day or two in your yard dealing with random strange Personally, I am not a huge fan of hosting yard sales, so this is why this goes at the bottom of the list. It may work for you though, so don’t let me hold you back!