Moving day can be a hectic time. You have a million things to organize and coordinate. You need to pack and clean. You need to ensure everyone has what they need for the move and for the first few days in your new place. Having less “stuff” to move can really cut down on the stress you feel while packing and moving. Here are 7 ways you can scale back the amount of stuff before you start packing.
- Purge trinkets and knick knacks. If you have things you feel you can’t part with for sentimental reasons, consider taking photos of them and creating a single album of keepsake photos.
- Go through all clothing and toss out anything that is ripped, worn out or just doesn’t fit anymore. The exception: hand me downs for younger siblings. It’s great to hold onto clothes for younger kids in your family but go through them and make sure they are all in good condition and then contain them and label them so you know when to take them out again.
- Towels and blankets seem to multiply in the linen cabinet. Before your move, get rid of sheets and blankets that are stained or torn, or don’t fit on beds you own. We all have our favorite bath towels too, but if yours look like they belong in a car wash bucket, it’s probably time to spring for some new ones.
- Makeup and other beauty products have shelf lives, but after spending money on so many things, it’s often difficult to part with them, even if they don’t work as expected. Before moving day, cull your shelves and throw out any expired products or products you never use. You’ve already lost the money on the purchase, don’t spend more now to move them.
- Movies, books and CDs can weigh a lot and take up a lot of space when you move. It’s best to keep your favorites and donate the rest to a good cause.
- Documents and paperwork, everything from bank statements to contracts and tax returns need to be kept for a specific amount of time. You should be reviewing your files on a regular basis, at least once per year. It’s also a good idea to purge these papers just before you move and shred them for security.
- Remember that whole chicken roaster you got as a wedding gift 15 years ago and haven’t used, like ever? Don’t pay to move that, or the slew of other small appliances you have lurking in the underbelly of your kitchen cabinets. Consider donating these items to ReStore or another great cause.
Small changes can make a big difference. Especially if you’re paying movers to pack and move your belongings, you want to move as efficiently as possible. Get rid of anything you don’t need to move and take only the things you know you’ll want and need in your new home.
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