Declutter Before You Move
When it comes to your next move, less is more. Trust us. It may seem like it’s easier to simply pack away all of your stuff into boxes and transfer it to your new home, but it’s really not. You can end up bringing along broken or useless items that drain a lot of energy on the big day and take up valuable space in your house. Though it may take a little bit of extra time in planning, setting aside a few evenings during which you can go through your things to de-clutter is one of the most often overlooked ways to simplify your move. You can cut down on your belongings, start fresh in your new location, and even do some good in the world.
Proper time management is an essential part of any effective move, and the same goes for de-cluttering. Start early and create a logical plan to go through each of your rooms one by one. By giving yourself enough time before the big day, you can go through your things without feeling pressured by the ticking of the clock. You can assess your belongings and consider them properly before deciding to keep or discard them. It also means you aren’t overwhelmed during the final weeks or even days leading up to the big day.
It doesn’t matter where you start, just so long as you start at all. Whether it’s the kitchen or the den, you’ll want to divide your things into four categories: keep, sell, donate, and discard. Anything that’s broken, non-functional, or expired should be readied to throw out. It’s easy to chuck expired pantry items or broken toys in with the garbage, but you may not be able to put larger items out for your municipality’s weekly pickup. Search out the nearest dump for their hours of operation and prices, and enlist a friend who owns a van to transport these items out of your home.
If you’re anything like the average person, you’ll still have a lot of belongings left in your home even after you’ve discarded any broken items. But that’s okay. We can still thin the herd. Anything that you own multiples of can be placed in your sell or donate piles. Don’t feel as though you need to hang on to anything, especially if you have more than two of it. Some things you just don’t need multiples of. Be ruthless and get rid of it. You can also add any clothing or items you haven’t used in over a year. It may be difficult to let these things go, but if you haven’t used them in the last 12 months, you’re unlikely going to need them in the next 12 months.
Eventually, as you donate bags of clothing and sell off unnecessary kitchen appliances, you’ll find you’re left with considerably less stuff. Take a deep breath and revel in it, as all of your preparations will pay off in the future. The less stuff you have means there’s less you need to pack up and less you need to worry about getting from point A to point B.
Of course, another simple way to eliminate the stress you feel about your move is by contacting us, your local moving professionals. We have a team of consultants, packers, and movers who can streamline your move into a smooth and hassle-free experience. We can pack things quickly and efficiently, and we’ll ensure all of your items get transferred safely to your new home. It’s a simple and affordable way to guarantee the most successful move.
As your upcoming move approaches, take the time to de-clutter your living space. Once you’re done, give us a call. We’ll send out a moving consultant to assess your belongings so we can develop a thorough moving plan for your stuff. Together, we’ll make sure your future move is your easiest one yet.