One of the reasons we were able to pack up our apartment so quickly is because we didn’t have to clean out and purge the stuff we didn’t want. Living in an apartment we always know there’s going to be a move-out date in our future, and being limited on space means that we don’t store things up for a garage sale some day.
Instead of waiting for a big clean-out, we can give away our stuff at any time, whenever we notice something we don’t want anymore. It goes in the giveaway box while we think about it instead of letting it mingle back in with the rest of the stuff we do want to keep. It’s no effort to do a little at a time. When the box is full, we donate it.
Maybe you have a box in the garage. Ours is high up on a shelf out of the way. Whatever you do, don’t use a see-through plastic tote.
Like Don Mae said in the comments the other day, “When deciding to part with something you aren’t really using or need, my experience has been I am sad for about a minute. Close your eyes, drop it in the donation box or the trash can. Out of sight. Out of mind. You won’t think of it again.”
I feel like that, too. I’m sad for a minute, but then I’m glad it’s gone. Instead of spending weeks purging stuff from my home, I dropped off a couple of bags from the front seat of my car to the Goodwill on my way out of town. So simple.
Continuing to send things out the door is one part of simplifying, and the other part is to stop bringing in more, but that’s a topic for another day.