No one likes moving. It’s stressful and time consuming, but there is one benefit: downsizing. We all tend to collect things we don’t need – whether because it was on sale, we accidentally bought two of them, or we just really like snow globes. Because we slowly accumulate these things over the years, we often don’t realize just how much stuff we have until it’s time to pack it all up and move it to a new home.
If you’re struggling to figure out what to keep and what to donate/throw away, we have some tips to help you out:
Keep Your New Space in Mind
The first thing you need to do is consider your new space. Whether it’s smaller or larger than your current living situation, you’ll need to consider what will fit where. For example, if you’re going from a family room to a formal living room, you’ll need to find a new home for the family room furniture or a way to repurpose it.
Get Rid of the Junk
Look at every item in your home individually. Can you remember the last time you used it? Does it even function anymore? If you answered no to one or both of those questions, toss it.
Along with getting rid of the junk should be getting rid of duplicates. No one needs two blenders or a laptop and a desktop. If you bought something to replace an older item, but have yet to getting around to getting rid of the older item, now is the time to take care of that.
Keep, Donate, Discard
Create three piles: items that are going with you, items to be donated, and items to be discarded. Be ruthless. Only the things you’ve used in the past year should come with you. Everything else gets donated or thrown out.
Throw Out the Outgrown Kid’s Clothes
Kids outgrow their clothes quickly. Unless a younger sibling can use it now or in the near future, get rid of it. The same goes for toys that have either been broken or neglected for so long that they’ve started gathering dust.
Recycle Old Electronics
Does your house look like a graveyard for electronics? Because they need to be recycled, rather than thrown in the trash, we tend to get lazy and hang on to outdated computers and cracked cell phones long after they’ve outlived their usefulness. If you’re moving, consider this the perfect opportunity to gather them all up and take them to your nearest electronic recycling site.
Pack an “Open-First Box”
This box should be kept in an easy-to-access location and be filled with all the stuff you’ll need on your first night in your new place – things like toiletries and bed sheets – so you don’t have to worry about digging through all your boxes in order to find them. Just getting all the boxes into your new place will be exhausting enough to make it a lifesaver when you only have to open one box to get everything you need and call it a night.