There’s no denying that moving, whether moving into a new house or out of an old one, is a big pain in the neck. Of course, one of the benefits of moving is that it kind of forces you tackle another pain – getting rid of unnecessary clutter in your home.
That ever-growing mountain of unwanted and outdated items in your home is probably already getting on your nerves, but moving is the ideal time to sort through it all and move into your new place with a lot less stuff and a lot more space.
Moving is expensive, time-consuming, and exhausting, so lighten up the load by tackling these tips to ditching all the excess clutter and starting anew in your new house.
Give Yourself Time to Sort
A big move without a plan in place is the easiest way to create unbridled chaos in your life. If you are planning to declutter your home, be sure to add it to your moving timeline so you can stay on track and on task, especially if you are thinking of hosting a garage sale before you move.
Depending on the size of your home and how often you clean it out, it can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to properly sort through your things and organize them into sections.
Make Some Tough Decisions
Some clutter decisions are easy to make, like when your child has outgrown their toys, books, and clothes. Other things in the home, especially those with sentimental value, can be harder to part with, even if they are consistently packed away in a box in your garage.
Take a heartfelt look at your items and remember that anything you choose to keep you will have to pack and move into your new home, costing you extra time, money, and space.
Organize It All
You’ll soon have a pile of unwanted items on your hands to deal with, so sort them into three sections: sell, donate, and throw away.
Whether you sell your items on eBay, Craigslist, a consignment store, or at a garage sale, you’ll likely scrape together some extra cash which you can put toward your move, a special celebratory dinner, or a housewarming gift for yourself.
Donating clothing and household goods is a fast and easy way to do a whole lot of good for yourself and others. If you are unsure which items are suitable for donation, household goods should be in good, working order, have no breaks or tears, and still function as they were designed to. Clothing should be in like-new condition and have no holes, tears, worn elastic, or obvious signs of use.
Anything that you want to get rid of that does not fall into the sell or donate categories, feel free to toss them in the trash according to their proper disposal methods.
There is nothing quite like the feeling that you’ve made big strides with your move, and even if you only got rid of a small portion of things that are cluttering up your home, you’ll make room in your new house to grow and create some new memories.