Sort belongings with the four-box method. Mark four boxes “Give away/sell,” “Storage,” “Trash,” and “Maybe.” As you go through items, place them in the appropriate boxes. Use the “Maybe” box sparingly.
Sell items to earn a little extra moving or fun money. Books, CDs, clothes, furniture and many other belongings can be sold online, in resale shops or at pawn shops. Selling items probably won’t earn a lot of money, but a little extra cash can help.
Set goals. Trying to tackle an entire house can be daunting, so setting small goals, such as a room a day, can help you get through the chaos and make order.
Consider belongings honestly. It is important to think about whether you need a belonging or merely enjoy having it. If you genuinely love owning something, it’s worth keeping, but if you merely like having it, think twice.
Recycle old magazines and newspapers.
Remove items of clothing that haven’t been worn in over a year. After a year, clothing may no longer fit, and styles have changed.
Donate whatever you can. Help the less fortunate by donating to Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or local charities.