Moving into a new home is an important milestone in the life of a family. It can also be a very stressful process since it involves a number of activities that can leave you feeling burned out. Carrying large boxes of books and cleaning supplies is only a part of it.
As you pack up for the big move, you also separate the essentials from the non-essentials. Like it or not, packing also means decluttering and organizing since you’re throwing away those items you no longer need so you can start life in your new home with less things to worry about.
But how do you get around to decluttering your home while packing up? Here are a few tips that will help.
1. Start early
Well before moving day arrives, start packing non-essential daily items like paintings and books. Starting early gives you more time to determine if certain items are worth keeping or not.
2. Learn to let go
It’s hard to let go of something that means a lot to you. It’s normal for people to see sentimental value in certain objects that have stayed with them for a long time. Unfortunately, there are some items that you may need to give up in order to save space. If you’ve lived in your home a long time, chances are you might have accumulated a fair amount of junk. Clearing some of it might seem like a daunting task but there are plenty of residential junk removal services around who can help you out. It’s easier said than done, but choosing to let go of some objects will help you a lot in transitioning to a new life in a new community.
3. Get help
Decluttering is hectic and it’s not something you can do alone. You can have friends and family members to help you sift through all your items and see if there are things you can bring along. As you focus on this activity, you should be able to look for a local moving company that can do the (literal) heavy work. If you’re in British Columbia, for instance, you can look for a Vancouver or Chilliwack moving company that can handle the more complex work while you and everyone else moves the lighter items like clothing.
4. Check all your documents
Much of the work in decluttering involves reducing the amount of paper you collect. Bills and discarded papers can be a big burden, especially if they are mixed with actual documents. That said, make sure to spend time checking the piles of paper you have lying around and see if there’s anything you might want to discard. Be careful with receipts though since you might need them at a later time.
5. Organize a yard sale
To make moving day less of a burden, you might want to sell your old stuff and things you don’t need through a yard sale. Not only does this help you reduce the amount of items to transfer, it also helps you generate extra cash, which could be enough for holding a pizza party in your new home.
Make moving day an easy milestone to achieve! Use the tips above, say goodbye to all your clutter, and say hello to your new house!