Have you Decided to Downsize? Tips for Decluttering Before Your Move

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Are you thinking about downsizing your home? Whether you are moving to a condo, an apartment, or a townhouse, decluttering is the easiest way to organize for a move. Having less stuff means fewer things to pack and transport. Thus, decluttering is vital if you want a stress-free and inexpensive moving day. But before you think of moving, do you know where you are going? Make sure that you find new housing.

Why you should declutter before moving

Decluttering before moving day will help you save money, you will make money by selling the things you don’t need, and you will not bring the clutter with you to your new house. Moving involves a lot of work and is hectic. However, getting rid of clutter will save you energy because you will not be moving everything.

By decluttering, you will save money since you will need fewer packing supplies and boxes, and if you were going to hire movers, you would save on the expenses as there will be few items to be moved.

In addition, if you declutter before moving, organizing your new home will be much easier, quicker, and stress-free.

Tips for decluttering before moving

Start early

This is one of the most effective ways to declutter before your moving day. Beginning the decluttering process early means that you will make well-thought choices. If you wait until it is too close to the moving day, you are more likely to feel rushed, stressed, and pressured to declutter. This means you won’t have enough time and, more importantly, won’t have the capacity to make a thoughtful decision regarding your decluttering plan. You will then end up carrying everything, including items that you should have donated or sold.

Clear out new items

Before you begin the decluttering process, check your belongings and look for items you have and do not need but still haven’t gotten rid of them. These items might be new or hold a sentimental value. They might be old baby blankets, unused appliances, things you bought on impulse, and gifts that never pleased you. Sell or donate anything in good shape and toss the broken ones.

Have a plan

Most people tend to miscalculate the duration of the decluttering process. This is mainly because most of them have many things to sort through. They can only start getting tired halfway and stop making good choices. That is why you should have a plan.

An excellent decluttering plan will play a significant role in helping you accomplish the process faster. Having a decluttering plan will help you know what you need and plan for the time you need to complete.

Also, a decluttering plan will help you avoid some common obstacles, for instance, what to do with the things you don’t need, losing your motivation, and forgetting to cover some spaces, among others.

Use up edibles

This is a simple way to have fewer items when moving. So, as soon as you know you are moving out, start using the items in your pantry. You can also use personal items like lotion, body wash, and shampoo. That way, you will have fewer things to move. Also, if you have prepared early for the move, try reading some books and passing them along.

Go digital

Digitizing everything you need is another simple way to declutter. Things like files, photos, and movies can be scanned and be transferred to a computer. Keep a copy of the images you feel are vital together with any papers you need for legal reasons or tax, and digitize everything else.

Summing up

The above tips will help simplify the decluttering process and allow you to get rid of the things that you don’t need. You will also be able to make well-thought decisions and enjoy a clutter-free new home.

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