I’m making the move to a (much nicer) new apartment next week and am in the process of going through all of my belongings. By my count, this is 8 moves in 8 years. I’m getting pretty good at getting rid of all of the clutter each time so I don’t need to lug stuff around that I don’t use. Even if you don’t move as frequently as I do, going through your belongings once a year can be a very beneficial exercise. Not only do you free up some space and minimize clutter, but you can also make some extra cash and/or give your unused stuff to people who really need it.
Below is a quick flow chart I put together of the process I use to decide whether or not I should keep something. I built it using the awesome (free) web app Lovely Charts – a big improvement from other flow charting software I’ve used.
I’m interested to hear what you guys think. How frequently do you do a “Spring cleaning”? Do you go through a similar process? Did I leave something out? What do you do differently?