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Jeffrey Phillip, a professional organizer in New York, agreed that the boxes need to go.“In Manhattan, you’re working with a very limited amount of space, and any space is prime real estate,” Mr. Phillip said. “Even if you shove boxes into a closet thinking you’ll make the living space look good, you’re detracting from the storage space, which is another valuable asset.” You could move those things into a storage unit, he said, but “better yet, take that time to get organized.” Gearing up for a move is a “perfect time to really edit yourself down,” he said. There are a number of advantages to doing so: “You’re going to spend less money for someone to move you, and you’re also going to spend less money on storage.” Just “don’t expect to do it all in one weekend,” Mr. Phillip said. Give yourself a few weeks — or even months — to complete the task.
“It’s all about doing small projects, one at a time,” he said, rather than trying to tackle the entire home in one shot, which could be overwhelming. Some areas where you can get quick results include wardrobes, kitchen pantries and drawers, and collections of CDs and DVDs. For the latter, even adding the discs to a binder and doing away with the cases can clear a substantial amount of shelving. As Mr. Stockwell put it: “The rule of thumb is, be ruthless.” If you’re unsure about something, he added, “Get rid of it.”
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