Where did all this junk come from? The Junk Fairy!

Yes, there is really a being who travels house-to-house late at night distributing other people's junk to unsuspecting and otherwise neat folks. That's why attics bulge, garages have no room for cars, and storage unit rental is big business. The Junk Fairy is busily at work! (Kind of a demented Santa!)

What can you do to combat the Junk Fairy? You can start today to declutter your home, apartment, or other abode. If you have plenty of time before your move, begin to declutter your home as soon as you even think about moving. The longer you have lived in your current home, the more important this step.

Making Your Move

Get out! As the moving date draws near, reduce stress by regularly taking a break from the confusion and activity. Take an hour a day for yourself. Use it to exercise, go out for lunch, read a good book, or relax with a friend.

A few years ago, our family was stuck in a location it wanted to leave. Winters were too cold, summers too humid, and family too far. So we decided to make the move back "home" in the next year. The problem was that, in our five years in the middle of nowhere, we had accumulated stuff to keep us occupied. Lots of stuff. And we knew we would have to either move it or lose it.

So we had garage sales, trips to the recycling and donation centers. But we still had lots of just plain old junk that nobody wanted. Trash may be a better term. So we purchased a new 30-gallon trash can and promised to fill it up each week for the next year. That's 1,560 gallons of trash!

Well, maybe we only got rid of 1,000 gallons, but that was 1,000 gallons that we didn't have to move half-way across the country! And, years later, there wasn't one item that we wished we hadn't thrown or given away. We really didn't need it.

So how can you begin decluttering? If you are lucky enough to know about your move months in advance, you can begin examining your belongings to determine which are really valuable enough to move. If you have just a short time to prepare, getting rid of at least some of the big extras will simplify your job. Set up your own criteria for what to save, what to send to the dump, what to sell, and what to give away.

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