20 Feb 4 tips on getting rid of clutter before moving
To keep your moving day comforting and free from stress, declutter your life before you start packing. The good side of moving is that it forces you to get rid of things you do not need anymore or the stuff you didn’t even know you owned. Just remember that the fewer things you move,the cheaper it is, when hiring a moving company and easier if there’s less to pack if you move yourself.
- Sort through your belongings
Before starting the packing, our recommendation is to sort through your things so you don’t end up moving stuff that you don’t need and have never really used. Not only will it save you time in packing and unpacking, but it will also save you money; the more stuff you have to move, the more expensive it will be.
- Stuff you’ll keep
- stuff to throw away
- stuff to donate or sell
Have three parts to determine belongings, for every room:
- For example:
- Have I used this item in the past year?
- If I was shopping right now, would I buy this again?
- How much space does this item need?
- Am I saving this just in case?
- Could something else I own do the same job?
- Will this match my new decor?
- Do I feel obligated to keep this?
There’s something about going through someone else’s stuff, and most people can’t resist a garage sale. Garage sales are a great way to get rid of things you don’t want or need, to move. Invite your neighbors and friends and spend a fun time together! It’s also a great way to lighten your moving truck and make some money at the same time, money that can even pay off your move.
One more option is to sell your items online: Use e-Bay or Facebook Marketplace to post well-made pics of things that someone else might be needing!
Donate the items that you don’t wish to sell. Coats, blankets, gently used clothing, furniture, office equipment, and kitchen appliances can often find a new home.
When you’ve finished going through each item in your home, to make sure you’ll use it again, go back to your “Keep” pile and look at the items that you decided to keep. Go through each one to make sure you’ll use it again. If you’re hesitating, better add it to the “donate/sell” pile. Organize by type, in a room, the things you want to keep and move,and select the appropriately sized boxes. Label each moving box with the contents and destination room, that will help you so much for unpacking in your new space!