Now that you have a new place and you’re about to move all your belongings to your new home, haven’t you taken a moment to contemplate just how much stuff you’ll be bringing with you?
Comic legend George Carlin once said, “a house is a just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff.”
So take a good hard look at everything around you, as well as a good hard look around the house. You might just get overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you might have to bring with you.
Everything must go. But do they all have to come with you?
Moving out is a great opportunity for you to start decluttering. Take this time to figure out which of your stuff is important, and which ones you can give away, sell, or leave behind.
Without a doubt, moving homes is a stressful affair. It’s a disruption of your environment, causing anxiety and uncertainty.
But one thing is certain: you can make your life a lot easier if you decide to take only the most important things with you on your move.
Bringing less stuff means you won’t be packing, organizing, hauling, and unpacking as much. Here are five things to help you declutter as you’re about to move out:
1. Evaluate everything
Remember: you’ll soon be lifting boxes full of stuff. So go ahead and ask yourself: “Is all this stuff really worth hauling on this trip and bringing with me to my new place?”
You’ll be surprised at just how much stuff you can get rid of in this manner. Go through your wardrobe. Go through storage. Go through your cupboards. Go through your electronics.
Right away, you’ll know which ones are really important to you (so go ahead and bring those along with you). But for everything else, you might want to consider leaving those behind.
2. Scan for dust
If some stuff of yours is just accumulating dust right now, what are the chances they’ll just be gathering more dust in your new place?
Besides, wouldn’t you rather make room in your new place for things you might actually use?
For things you’ve hardly used in the last several months, you might want to consider leaving behind.
3. Challenge the tendency to collect and hoard
This is a tough one, but very necessary. Understandably, there might be a collection or two you’ve been building over the years, and that’s OK.
Still, it’s a good time to re-evaluate your collections—old clothes you think you’ll fit into again one day, old work files, even old electronics or old furniture in storage.
If you feel you’re not getting any value or joy from that collection of yours, maybe it’s time to leave that behind as well?
4. Learn to let go
Sometimes we put too many emotional attachments or sentimentality to some of the things we own. And so learning to let go can be hard for some people.
Know that such is the way of our belongings. At some point, letting go is the more sensible option as it opens us to newer things (and therefore, new experiences).
5. Donate and sell
If you think somebody can make better use of some of your stuff, go right ahead and give it away. For everything else, you can hold a garage sale, sell online via eBay or Craigslist, and donate the rest to charity.
Don’t you think it’s about time you let go of your old couch? It won’t go well with the interiors of your new place anyway.
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Sources: 1. https://www.forbes.com/sites/joshuabecker/2017/08/03/six-ways-to-delutter-when-you-move/#112da0d93d38 2. https://www.styleathome.com/how-to/real-estate/article/21-tips-for-an-easy-move 3. https://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/brilliant-moving-tips