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How To Declutter And Pack For A Move


Moving is an exciting chapter of life, whether or not this was something you prepared for or one that came as a surprise. Beyond all the positive emotions, however, there’s no denying the anxiety and hard work accompanying it. Packing your home for the move isn’t like packing a suitcase for a temporary holiday; the former takes much more planning and preparation.

 

 

Decluttering before the big moving day is more than just about getting this in order. The less you take with you, the higher the chances that each of those items is what you only need. There’s nothing more stressful than arriving in your new location to unload and open box after box and then finding out many of those can’t be of use anymore. On top of that, there’s the expense, too. The less you bring, the less you’ll pay. Decluttering and packing for a move, therefore, go hand in hand. This article gives you a guide on how best to do it.

Hire Professional Movers

First things first: once your moving date is final, take this also as a signal to hire professional movers. Even expert packers can benefit from the moving company’s equipment, expertise, trucks, and others. So, if you want your move to be as smooth as possible, this is your best bet.

 

Hiring professional movers can be more expensive than if you do it yourself. But if you also have a lot of other obligations in your belt on the days leading up to the move, the movers can save you a lot of your sanity. Book this as early as possible so you’ll have access to no less than the best movers in your area.

 

To get this right, the key is to compare the available options. Check the rates, as well as the services offered. And most importantly, go through their reputation and feedback, as those enable you to get more information about the mover. That way, you don’t risk working with a company that otherwise has a questionable reputation.

Sell Some Items

Do you still have some time to sell things? If yes, then do it! Not only will you have fewer belongings to bring, but you’ll also be able to rack up some cash to help with the moving expenses. And if you can sell quite a lot, who knows, you may even have extra to bring with you for the move. This can help cover the expenses of new furniture and other things you’ll have to pay for when you arrive in your new home.

 

As you declutter room by room, have a box ready for items to sell. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so trying doesn’t hurt. Whatever’s left unsold can then be given to family or friends or donated to charity.

Set A Deadline

Setting a deadline may not be for everybody, but this works for those who work best under pressure. The more you’re reminded of the coming deadline, the more motivated you’ll be to finish things.

 

Remember, the deadline isn’t the moving day itself. Set the deadline for decluttering as early as you can. This buys you enough time to hold yard sales and then pack and send to the movers those left for you to take in the move.

 

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Bring A Trash Bag With You

Decluttering for a move also brings an opportunity to learn the art of letting go. This is quite difficult for many homeowners, especially those who’ve succumbed to commercialism and materialism. You have twenty lipsticks, thirty blushes, and twenty more cologne bottles at any time. At some point, you’re sure to have so many items in your vanity, among other places, that are expired.

 

There’s no other destination for those expired items but the bins. The same applies to spices, sauces, pasta, canned goods, and cleaning products that have exceeded their shelf life. Those aren’t worthy of donating anymore.

 

So, as hard as it may be for you, it’s time to let go and throw them away. And while you’re at it, make a mental note to remember to apply a change of habits in your new home. Buy only what you need.

Stop Buying More Clutter

Once you’ve started decluttering for your move, stop bringing in even more clutter to your home. This can be difficult to do, especially for those who love shopping. Say, on the days before your move, a sale comes up. Then, you’re off repurchasing many things, thinking those would look great in your home.

 

 

Before giving in to temptation, stop. Always remember that you won’t be in that same place anymore for long. Once you make it to your new location, another sale season will always be.

 

If you keep buying more things because your home looks empty, it’s like starting from square one. Instead of making progress, you have something new to pack. It adds up to your to-do list, as well as to the moving expense.

Work One Room At A Time

It’s easy to get tangled in all the stress of decluttering and packing if you don’t have a system. This need not be any big, fancy kind of system. It’s as simple as working on one room at a time. Once a specific room is finished, lock it up so you know it’s an area you’ve finally completed in your home.

 

Decluttering and packing room by room also gives you a sense of daily accomplishment, no matter how small it may be. This can help give you the right amount of motivation to keep going, especially when there’s so much to do and juggle.

 

 

Bottomline

As homeowners live their lives and settle into their homes, eventually, it’s normal to start accumulating some belongings. If you’re careful with what you buy, many of those are things you need. But for self-confessed hoarders, much of what’s in your home could be things you’ll never even use.

 

Once it’s time for another move, you have no choice but to face everything you have. It can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t always have to be. Start one room at a time, phone in your trusted moving company, and start packing those boxes, whether it’s to take with you, sell, donate, or give away.

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