As with moving home, making way for a renter to take over the house you are vacating to take up a secondment or posting abroad is an ideal time to pare down your wardrobe and shorten the inventory of household goods, writes Joanne Hunter.
Streamlining your life sets you up for your next career move, lightens the load of a return home physically and emotionally, and certainly will save on storage costs.
It takes ruthlessness to attack the job of clearing out clutter that's built up over the years. New stuff is welcomed into the house while not so much is readily given its marching orders.
A wardrobe clear-out says goodbye to items which for years have been relegated to the sidelines. You can remember when this sharp-tailored suit used to clothe a hot-shot of the business world and how these once-loved 'smart casuals' were the epitome of 'cool', back then.
A keen and able decision-maker in the boardroom can find it hard to transfer that well-honed skill to their personal life and the home. But transferable, it is.
Can it really be so tough for that potential 'mover and shaker' or the person who's earned that attribution among their peers to move forward and shake out from the wardrobe all that gear that's not seen the light of day for years?
European and national lawmakers are calling business leaders to exercise the discipline to design strategies to reduce, recycle and reuse products and materials.
There are environmental, economic and social reasons to be more aware of how we behave as consumers in every of our lives.
Paring down the contents of the home is not so different to consolidating factory production or controlling stock levels.
A warehouse and wardrobe have much the same function, and avoiding the need to splash out on a new unit, in both cases, surely is a good thing.