While moving to a new place, it is vital to downsize. While you might think that you have no clutter in your home, it would not be surprising that you have a bunch of clothes that you have not worn for over a year or even food items that are past their prime. What this tells you is that there is a need to declutter your home.
Decluttering will save you from transporting huge luggage of unnecessary stuff to your new home. Moreover, it will save you a lot of moving costs. And did you know that it is also a therapeutic thing to do? That said, here are a few tips that will help you downsize before moving to your new home;
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1. Come up with a list
Working with a list is always helpful. Categorize your list in terms of size and the importance of what you will need to carry. This will at least give you a picture of how you can do the decluttering. Write down all electronics and household items that you have and will be bringing in your new home, as well as some of the small stuff that you will be carrying.
2. Start early
Waiting for the last minute to downsize can be stressful. Having the Herlihy Movingteam at your door waiting to transport the luggage for you, and yet you have not finished decluttering, may make you throw things that you do not need in the boxes. Therefore, it is imperative to start the decluttering process well in advance. You can start decluttering as early as 90 days to the moving date. Also, do not overwork yourself; you need to work smart. You can declutter a room at a time.
3. Label the packaging boxes
Labeling your packaging boxes is really helpful when downsizing for the move. In every room that you go to, carry three boxes; one for the stuff you will be keeping, one for the ones you will be throwing away, and the last one for the items you will be selling, giving, or donating. This makes it easier to identify your stuff after the whole process is done. Needless to say, you also need to have a necessities box. This is where you will put all the stuff you will be using the first three days after the move.
Let’s face it, after moving into your new home, you can take up to a week to unpack. It is, therefore, less of a hustle to have a necessities box set aside where you can easily access all you need before you finish unpacking.
4. Sell or donate some items
Lastly, you want to either sell or donate the clutter in your home. You can give to charity some of the things and give some to your friends and family. Selling some of the stuff is also a great option as it is a great way to get more money to help you with the move.
There you have it! Following the tips mentioned above will make your decluttering process easier and less stressful.