Tips to help SIMPLIFY the moving process

Tips to help SIMPLIFY the moving process

Is it time to move?  Have no fear, we have tips to make this a little easier on you.  Now just to be clear, you don’t necessarily want to move every last bit of the clutter you’ve had hanging around your soon-to-be-former residence for years. De-cluttering can help make your move easier and your new place set-up much simpler, open and enjoyable!  Yes, we said, “Enjoyable!”

Here are some tips for de-cluttering in advance of a move.  Let’s get started…

Make a list of your rooms/spaces/To-Do’s…

For most people having a tangible list to set your objectives before you start that you can physically check off when completed, can bring with it a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.  Don’t look at the list with how much you have to do in mind, rather, look at it with how much you are accomplishing every time you check something off your list as DONE!

Having Supplies Ready…

You’ll want heavy duty trash bags, a shredder or scissors for old papers, a permanent marker and labels for labeling your boxes and/or containers.  If you plan on donating, rather than trashing, which can be a great write-off as well, you will want to have some boxes handy for those items to be transported & dropped off as well.  One person’s trash can be another person’s treasure.

Start in the bathroom…

Why the bathroom? Let us tell you why…if you start with your bedroom or office, you may end up looking at old photographs, souvenirs, or documents and deciding you’re not sure if you can let go of those sentiments that take up space just yet.  Your bathroom is less likely to have treasured photographs and more likely to have expired medicines, cosmetics, ¾ empty product bottles, stray this and that and old washcloths/towels, etc.  This is stuff you won’t want to spend time moving anyway, right? And you get to check it off.  Win, Win!

Don’t de-clutter ALL rooms at once…

This is where getting started months ahead of time can be a great stress reliever as it allows you to take your time and not be in complete overwhelm.  However, if you don’t have a lot of time, getting rid of excess stuff in even one room will make your move a little shorter and less expensive. Try blocking out a short period of time to tackle, say, one closet or bedroom drawer, and work from there. Start small as you get a handle on how long the de-cluttering task will take.  Complete de-cluttering, cleaning, packing up what you don’t use everyday and stage each space/room at a time.  This will give you a clear picture of what needs to go, move or refurbish to the next place.

Take pictures…

Why take pictures?  Let us tell you.  This can be especially useful for clothes you no longer wear but which still have sentimental value or memory of that piece.   For example, a photograph of that ragged T-shirt will remind you how you bought it on the boardwalk during that memorable week of vacation… however, the photograph will take up a lot less space in your closet!  True story right there!

Keep the move top of mind when de-cluttering…

If you can’t decide on an item, picture yourself pulling it out of a moving truck at the end of the day when you’re exhausted and simply want to sit down, relax and have a meal and then having to try to find the right place to put this item when all you see is a sea of boxes and stuff. Is it worth it?

When in serious doubt, lay it aside for now…

If you really can’t bring yourself to throw something away or donate it, but don’t know when you’ll next use it, put it in a box, seal the box, and give yourself a future date to open it.  Any time from two weeks to a year after your move. If the deadline comes and you haven’t opened the box yet, throw out or donate its contents.  This avoids emotional stress, headaches, snap decisions and regret.

Expect your new life to be much like your old one

If you didn’t use that blender in your old apartment/home, you probably won’t do much blending in your new home… This can be a tough one.  I remember my grandma always having projects, unfinished, laying around that she wanted to get to and because “she paid good money” she couldn’t part with it.   Try to remember that someone could use your item and how long has it been paid for?  Then try your best to consider it done and donate, donate, donate!

Allow for a little overwhelm…

De-cluttering won’t automatically make you feel free and easy; it can be stressful. Give yourself a little reward after a de-cluttering session, such as doing something you enjoy & brings you peace or going out for a nice dinner.  (Food works right? Ha Ha)

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