Moving home is usually accompanied by the daunting task of decluttering. It’s hard to have missed Marie Kondo’s mantra when it comes to getting rid of excess; If it doesn’t spark joy, get rid of it. Not all of us have the tenacity of Miss Kondo when it comes to ridding our homes of clutter. Instead of shaking each item like an eight ball and hoping it will pop up with a helpful joy or no joy there are a few options to take the anxiety out of offloading.

When it comes to souvenirs, don’t underestimate the value of a good photo. Wollongong has a number of local professional photographers. Splurge on a few hours with a professional who can capture family moments in your favourite places. Images of your family preparing a meal in the kitchen or playing cricket in the backyard will become treasured memories to hang above the mantel piece.

Sheri Koones found a solution for keeping precious mementos using her camera.

“I snapped photos of old notes and drawings and stored them on my computer. Then I tossed the items. I got rid of about 90 percent of everything I owned and feel totally liberated.” she says.

Before you move get the family involved. Take on the 30 days of decluttering game as a team. By the end of the month you’ll have rid yourself of 500 items, each.

Now that sounds like a fresh start.