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Nearly everybody accumulates too much clutter in their lives.  Whether it be in their house, their car, of their office (or cubicle), clutter simply becomes.  And it grows.

For years, the IT department here at work was housed in one building.  Eventually it grew to where they started renting out suites of the second building in the complex as those tenants closed up shop.  Finally, they decided to take over the second building altogether, at which point they decided to completely gut and renovate the two buildings.  They're doing it in multiple phases, beginning with the space that was formerly occupied with others.  We just moved into that new space last month to clear the next part that will then be renovated, at which point they'll move over to the other building, and so on.

Even though everybody was moving just a couple of hundred feet away, the mere act of having to pack up everything for the move created an enormous reduction in clutter.  This was obvious by the shredding buckets that got filled daily, as well as the massive accumulation near the big garbage cans.

Bottom line, when it's time to move, it forces you to go through things and reduce the clutter.

So, if you have too much clutter around your house, here's the suggestion:


Now if that's too drastic, well, then use your imagination and pretend you're going to move.  Go in and take everything out of a closet and only put back what you would put in a box should you be packing for a move.

Go down in the basement or storage room and go through piece by piece of whatever is there, and if you wouldn't want it going on a moving truck and to a new house, then put it in the pile to get rid of.

Junk drawers.  Desk drawers.  Garage shelves. Empty them and put them back pretending you're packing the stuff in a box.  Move all around the house.  I guarantee you'll get rid of so much stuff, you'd be amazed.  You'll find things you never knew you still had (and certainly don't need).

And, hey, if you then decide to move at any point in the near future, you're already one step ahead of the game, right? 🙂