Moving is always a good time to reassess your possessions. It makes no sense to pay to move items you no longer use. We are all guilty of keeping boxes full of things we never use. We even collect pieces of furniture we don't need or use. One of the first big pre-move tasks to accomplish is to declutter.
What is decluttering? Simply put, it is getting rid of anything you do not use or that does not hold true sentimental value. I know it can be stressful to feel like you are throwing away a lifetime worth of possessions, but ultimately you will feel better for it. Remember, you can always gift items to friends and family (if they want them) or take pictures for yourself!
Go area by area -- every closet, pantry, cubby, dresser, basement, attic, mudroom, garage, or storage area. Start by getting rid of obvious trash -- old newspapers and magazines (you can cut out articles and scan them), boxes, unrepairable items, and unusable old clothing. The only things left should be those you plan to take with you.
Get a good number of large, sturdy boxes, label them, and sort items into categories:
KEEP -- to be packed to move with you. (These can be put back in the room where they were found, to be packed when the time comes. You will need a number of boxes for this.)
SELL -- items to be sold in a yard sale, on E-Bay, Craigslist, or advertised. (Try your local Nextdoor.com.)
CHARITY -- still in good condition but no longer useful to you. Donate to your local charity. Make regular trips to get these items out of the way and to avoid needing to make numerous trips when you have finished. Keep your boxes. (Remember to get a tax-deductible receipt.)
Your local library may be interested in your unneeded books.
THROW AWAY -- Not necessarily trash, but items you no longer use that cannot be donated. (Empty when full and reuse.)
RECYCLE -- Items that can be recycled rather than trashed. (Empty when full and reuse.)
Deliver hazardous materials (paint, car oil, large batteries, etc.) to a local facility for that purpose. They should not be trashed or recycled.
Once you’ve decluttered, packing will be much quicker and easier (and will save you money on packing materials and moving costs), and you will feel much more organized when it comes time to unpack at your new home!
See my other Blog articles on moving.
Do you need help organizing your pre-move, move or assistance with decluttering and packing? Will you need help unpacking and organizing on the other end? I can help! Simply contact me by emailing, calling or using the form on my Contact page!