My first thing to attack in the basement was all those boxes of odds and ends that got packed in a hurry at the end of every move we ever moved. They all get dumped in a box and then never get unpacked, just stored. I made myself a rule, I had to keep packing until I had a full bag of garbage from things that I felt we no longer needed.
My rules were simple
- If I haven't needed it in years and it isn't special to me - throw it out!
- If I couldn't figure out what it is - throw it out!
- If I couldn't think of any reason we would need it - throw it out!
- Basically, unless these junk boxes had important stuff in them, most of it was simple to deal with - throw it out!