If you’re like most people I know, the thought of moving can be exciting but, at the same time, daunting as the prospect of packing up and getting ready for the big day takes hold.

First there’s the excitement of finding your newest dream home. Once that’s done and the closing process is under way, the selling of your current home takes center stage. And, if you subscribe to the ideas we talk about here on this website, you’ll want to stage your current home to sell at the best possible price in the shortest period of time.

So the decluttering starts, but don’t be haphazard with that process. Instead of just throwing things into boxes and stacking them up somewhere out of sight, why not approach the decluttering process in a more organized manner. Organize as you would if you were going to move tomorrow. Decide what you’re going to keep and what won’t make the move. Put all the things from one room into boxes, label them, tape them shut, then move on to the next room.

Organizing this way kills two birds with the same stone. You’re on your way to a nicely staged home ready for potential buyers, and you’re getting ready — really ready — to move. You won’t have to reopen any boxes to decide what to throw away later on. All the boxes will be ready to go into the moving van with nary another thought until you arrive at your new home.

Of course, all the boxes need to go somewhere out of sight. If you have a storage shed, lovely. If not, maybe it makes sense to rent one for a short while and put all the boxes there temporarily.