Moving house is a great opportunity for a ruthless de-clutter – books, clothes, shoes, ancient paperwork (including decades old birthday cards!), old notebooks (not all though – revisiting old lists is a favourite pastime!), the odds and ends drawer/cupboard(s), the bathroom cabinet, under the stairs, the attic etc. all require a thorough sorting out in order to not literally carry old baggage into the new house.
Today I am making a start on our pre-moving ruthless de-clutter and I am excited to do so! I enjoy neatness anyway, so streamlining things further makes me happy and gives me a feeling of accomplishment.
I began a ruthless de-clutter for other reasons in the summer – my family and I cleared my dad’s house after his death and it was so cathartic I cleared out all the clutter in my own house too. It may be an element of the grieving process but moving forward often involves leaving something behind/clearing space for future possibilities (physically and mentally), so clearing my house helped me regain a sense of order amidst unexpected chaos.
Now we are moving I get to de-clutter yet again!
Our new house has an abundance of space compared to our current house, yet extra space should not equal extra useless/pointless clutter. To quote William Morris:
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
Advice I shall definitely be heeding.