Moving homes is not only emotionally taxing, but the physical task of hauling all your belongings from one place to another is just downright exhuasting. Have a look at the following decluttering directions, whether you’re thinking of making a move soon, or simply want to get a jump of your spring-cleaning.
Recognize that going through your belongings and sorting them into “keep” versus “sell/donate/toss” piles always takes longer than you think it will. If you’re planning to sell items, whether via a garage sale or online, you’ll also need to give yourself time to not only set the items aside and price them properly, but (if selling online) coordinate pickups and deliveries too. Even if you’re planning to donate much of your extra furniture and belongings, some charities require a week or two notice to schedule pickups.
Besides items that won’t fit into your new place or that you simply won’t need in your new home, what else probably isn’t worth making the effort to move?
Consider your major appliances — your washer, dryer, fridge, stove and dishwasher. How old are they? Appliances are big, heavy and awkward to move, and may not be worth the cost to move if they’ve already given you a number of years of service. New appliances that can be delivered directly to your new home by the retailer make for an easier move and, with most of today’s models built to more energy efficient standards, you can probably justify the immediate upfront cost of new appliances with a future of lower long-term operating costs.
Furniture is also a major moving concern, so before you base the size of your moving truck on every last stick of it, have a good look around to contemplate what’s really worth brining with you. Many households still have their “starter” furniture floating around. While your older furniture may have some sentimental value, you may want to weigh in objectively about its remaining life, and in fact if it might even be worse for wear at the end of your move. The same goes for well-used furniture that blends with your current surroundings, but may look shabby or out of place in your new environment.
Take everything out of your closet, set aside the clothes and footwear you use the most, then purge or donate the items that either don’t fit anymore or that you simply don’t wear. The same goes for children’s toys that they’ve outgrown or don’t play with anymore. It’s not an easy task — it’s difficult getting rid of “pretty good” stuff — but by donating it you should feel good that somebody, somewhere, is going to liberate those items from a dark closet to enjoy and appreciate!
The benefits of downsizing your belongings are many, from simply having less to move — and therefore less to have to pay movers to move — to getting extra cash in your pocket to buy new things for your new place, to an emotional lightening of the pressures of moving! #cbrmr