Accumulating items and steadily increasing the volume of household goods and personal effects you own is inevitable – this is likely to be the case if you have lived in your home for a couple of years, but it's especially the case if you have resided in your home for five or ten years or more.
This does not necessarily mean everyone who lives with a few possessions and comforts is a potential chronic hoarder, far from it. Our personal possessions often reflect our passions and define who we are, and where we have been.
However, the important thing to note is moving provides a perfect opportunity to reflect, refocus and in most cases de-clutter.
Moving, particularly international moving, can be an expensive business and since, in most cases, the volume of your belongings has a major bearing on the overall cost of your move, then reducing the number of items you want to include in the move has a clear financial benefit.
Whether you decide to recycle donate or sell items it is important to get organized as early as possible, ideally a few weeks before the movers due to arrive.
Deal with one room at a time, ideally prioritizing the most densely filled rooms.
Sort out the big items first, (electric appliances, furniture, anything bulky), then move on to the smaller items (clothes, contents, books, pictures, ornaments, bathrooms, etc).
Form a simple categorizing method in order to accelerate the sorting process. An example would be 4 clearly defined, groups
Well done! You have made some brave decisions and have taken a major step towards reducing your volume as part of a well-planned move to your new destination.