The Purge (No, Not the Ethan Hawke Movie)

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.

Want more tips on how to purge? Check out Marie Kondō’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing


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