It’s no secret that most of us have too many things. The houses are stuffed: granaries filled with dusty holiday decorations that we never use, garages filled with camping gear, beach gear and sports gear, basements full of old furniture, furniture and family objects.

We hardly think of all the unnecessary waste – until it’s time to move. Then, it is clear how much more of a headache these collections of possessions will be, complicating an already long list of things to do. But at Modernize, we are passionate about helping you make your home your sanctuary – and simplifying your move is part of the journey.

If you’re ready to adjust your point of view a bit, moving can be a chance for a fresh start – for your business as much as for you. This is your chance to empty unwanted items and separate yourself from old toys, collectibles and anything that no longer serves your life. Here’s how you can unwrap the luggage around what you own, so you can pack easily when it’s time.

Recognize that our belongings have an emotional imprint

One of the main reasons why it is so difficult to disconnect is that our belongings are usually more than just objects: they are substitutes for different emotions. Maybe you’d like to have a couple of extras of everything – what you’re really saying is that this extra stuff represents the concept of security for you. Or maybe you do not want to keep all the old gifts that your mother has given you, but you can not bear to part with them because you feel guilty every time you try to throw them away. Recognizing that your business is more than just things will help you address some of the underlying causes for which you can not seem to let go.

Decide on the clutter and what is not

Sorting your stuff is an important part of the travel process, but before you start, you need to decide on some rules for what’s going on and what’s left, especially if you’re hoping to make a serious reduction. In La Vie, which changes the magic of storage, Marie Kondo advises you to get rid of everything except objects that “bring joy”, but frankly, it’s a little more complicated than that. Practical items like cooking utensils or technical gadgets should be things you use every day, so if you have not touched it for more than six months, give it away or present it. Remember, you can always borrow friends or neighbors if you need this spare roasting dish somewhere down the line. The same goes for clothes that do not fit, or shoes that you did not wear last year. You can always buy new pants if you lose or gain weight in the future.

Recognize that more stuff equals more time

One thing that can help you unravel is to be aware of what your time may be. Joshua Becker, who runs the Becoming Minimalist site, advises you to think about the commitment of time required by each object you own. This is particularly the case if you have trouble separating yourself from something you do not use. Every thing has to be dusted, maintained, and as now moved, so that it can really drain your life if it does not add practical value or real satisfaction. By noticing that your business tends to swallow your time, it will be easier to say sayonara.

Start with the easy stuff first

That’s why so many people are putting out decluttering projects until it’s time to move. Once it reaches a certain critical mass, cleaning can seem like an overwhelming task. The best advice is to start early, and hit the fruit at hand first. You can sort the old mail or go through a laundry basket in an hour or two, and this is a first step on the way to the clearing. As you work, be sure to separate your belongings into three piles: keep, throw, and donate, and bring it to the trash can or donation center as soon as possible. This will prevent the batteries from becoming another inaccessible mess. Prepare a plan to attack the rest of your home and divide large areas, such as the basement or attic, into a few days of work. After weeks like this, you’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish – and you will not feel like you’re taking two years of your life.