Clearing Out Unneeded Items Before a Move
Moving to a new home welcomes the opportunity to start fresh and to get rid of unwanted, unused, and unnecessary items. By lightening your load you’ll save the time of packing and un-packing, plus the cost of paying movers to pack, transport, and unload these extra items.
Here are some simple ways to declutter before your move:
1) First, consider decluttering a few weeks before the moving day, so that you don’t have to decide last minute what you will move to a new home and what will be left out—a sure way to add unneeded stress into your life. Minimize your possessions to ensure smooth packing and unpacking. Find the no-longer-needed items that shouldn’t follow you to your new home. For example:
- Things that don’t fit you in size, taste, or style—anything from furniture to clothing— should be sorted into categories: keep, donate, sell, and throw-away piles.
- Donate non-expired food items to a local food pantry or shelter.
- Burn or shred unneeded documents that contain personal information and is more than seven years old. Recycle any other paperwork.
- Donate old magazines and books to a friend, library, shelter, or school (if appropriate). If you have the time you can get some extra cash by taking your old books to a used book store.
2) Next, scan each room for things you no longer use or want, such as an extra set of dishes you don’t like, excess plastic cups, old tools, toys your kids no longer play with, and so on.
3) The last step is to have a garage sale or sell some of your unnecessary items online for a low price. Remember that your main goal is not to earn a lot of money, but to get rid of those items as soon as possible. Or, if you prefer, donate your belongings to a favorite charity. Keep receipts and create an itemized list so you can claim your donations at tax time.
This is a great opportunity to create a new home filled only with items you truly use, need, and love. Good luck with the move!