You have decided that you want to move, now what? The accumulation of appliances, gifts, clothes, furniture, kitchen gadgets etc. over the last X number of years can make organizing your life, pre-move, seem unbearably overwhelming. You need to declutter. Here are some simple and effective tips you can use to declutter your house and make your move simple and easy.
Don’t procrastinate. Packing and coordinating a move is going to take up the bulk of your time, as it should, so having a head start on sifting through your belongings to see what will make the cut and what will be cut is key. It can be very stressful if you wait until you are actually boxing up items to start deciding what you want to take and what needs to be donated or gotten rid of.
Understand you have options. Just because something is of no use to you anymore, it does not necessarily follow that it is not of use to someone else. Donating items like old clothing, especially children’s clothing, to local shelters or international charities can not only help you downsize, but may mean a shirt on the back for someone less fortunate. Most Salvation Army locations arrange wonderful pickup and drop-off services. If you can’t sell old electronics like televisions or computers, recycle them. Simply enter in the keywords “recycle electronics” and your home town or city and there should be multiple options. Unrecycled electronics pile up in landfills, poisoning the earth, all over the world each year, unable to biodegrade and that is where they will stay for thousands more if not properly disposed of.
Know how to say goodbye. There is an old saying about assigning importance to things in retrospect. Don’t do it! Knowing what is going to be useful and add value to your life in your new home from what is not will make things so much easier. Clothing you don’t wear, kitchen knick-knacks you never used, these are things we need to let go of. Obviously there are going to be some things with sentimental value which you will want to bring that, though not always, don’t serve any immediate needs. Family heirlooms which are going to be collecting dust regardless of where you are, but nevertheless are part of your family’s history, can be given a free pass.
Method to the madness. Room by room, closet by closet, pantry by pantry is how the process of elimination should be conducted. Haphazardly trying to do a bit here and a bit there will likely mean that you are expending unnecessary time and energy trying to make the tough choices and that just means added stress.
Moving is only as stressful as the items you need to move. A picnic blanket with some books in it tied to a stick would be ideal. But this is 2015. We all have way more stuff than that to move. Sort through your belongings well in advance and decide what you really need. It will make your move and your life so much more pleasant.