I just finished up three moves in the past week (it’s very complicated, believe me). While sitting in a pile of bobble-heads, I was forced to remind myself of my purge tactics, and thought I’d share. It’s one simple question.
When buying something new, ask yourself: Would I want to pack this into a box and take it to a new apartment or house? If not, don’t buy it.
For stuff I already own, I ask myself if I’d want to pack the item up a second time for another future move. If I don’t, it goes in the donate pile.
This approach is oddly effective. It is certainly helpful if you move often to let you focus on how much stuff you truly need.