Moving from one home to another is a good time to take stock of everything you own. If you’ve decided that it’s time to downsize then this inventory is crucial. Many couples and families have decided that for the foreseeable future downsizing makes more sense. Living in a smaller, more manageable environment will help you save for retirement. On the other hand, if you’re ready for that retirement the last thing you want to deal with is upkeep in a huge home. To begin the downsizing process, you need to “thin out” your stuff.
This process should begin several months before you move. There should be no rush to get rid of your stuff. Keep in mind that you don’t want to bring anything with you that would be considered junk or clutter into your new home where storage space will be at a premium. You can begin with tackling a closet clean-up one weekend. The next weekend go for the basement and so on. As you make the rounds in your home you’ll quickly find you’ve got plenty to take with you that you can’t live without but there could be just as much (if not more) of stuff you can get rid of. Start making a pile.
Once you’ve got the closets and other storage areas cleared out of the small stuff, think about the big items. Will you need that extra mattress that nobody will sleep on because it’s so old? Will you need all that baby furniture that is busted up? Will you need all the sleds, toboggans or other winter equipment? If you’re moving to Florida you sure won’t! There are probably a lot of these types of belongings that can be toss into that pile.
Now move onto the really big stuff like appliances or old televisions or computers. You don’t want to bring that into the new home so into the pile. By now, that pile of yours could be looking rather huge. Have no fear. All you need to do is schedule an appointment with a team of professional junk haulers like Junk King Kansas City to show up with their huge empty truck. In a blink of the eye, that once empty truck will be filled with all your clutter and hauled away.
Remember that just because you’re not taking something with you doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be junked. You could try selling off some valuable antiques to a local dealer. Even if you put those on consignment it is better than having to drag them along. Some items you might want to donate to charity but make sure you’re not passing along anything that is useless. That belongs in the junk pile! Be sure also to ask your junk haulers where they’ll be taking your stuff. Hopefully, they’ll be able to dump a lot of that at some of the Kansas City recycling centers around town. And yes, that would qualify towards reducing your carbon footprint!