Moving is traumatic in a bunch of different ways. Taking stock of our possessions is just one of them. I like to meet with a client BEFORE they move to help them really evaluate what they need to take with them but that is not always possible.
Here is an example of why the pre-move meeting is desirable.
This client has loads of beautiful clothes. This is the space available in her new home for her tops:
Even though she didn't measure the linear feet of her hanging tops ahead of time she managed to fit them all in - very tightly. But after settling in she realized she had too many things for her new home - clothes included - and decided to hold a yard sale.
These are the tops she discarded:
She had a yard sale before she moved. It was unfortunate that she had to give up an additional weekend morning having another. Also unfortunate was the time, money and energy she spent moving the things that didn't fit - resources she could have used having fun, being creative or following her passions.
But the happy outcome is that now her new closet is roomier, easier to navigate and, better yet, she absolutely loves everything in it.
The next time I see her I will teach her the "hanger trick."