I despise moving, but we have done it often enough that I have some great tips to share. In the next few weeks, I plan to take a break from the household notebook to allow you into our home to watch the process.
First things first. Purge before you pack. I know that seems simplistic, but I can’t tell you the number of times we reached our destination and I wondered why a particular item (or many items) made the trip with us. So, before packing your things, think about what you really need to take with you. Family heirlooms most definitely need to be packed. But what about that set of glasses you haven’t used in three or four years? Or consider the books that have made their way into your home, which ones do you really need and which ones can be left behind? Here’s a list to consider as you purge your stuff:
- plastic food containers
- threadbare towels and wash cloths
- excess bedding
- kitchen gadgets seldom (if ever) used
- flower vases
- extra throw rugs
- old files
- cookbooks (the ones you don’t ever use)
- clothing (if it doesn’t fit, why pack it?)
- extra winter coats, hats, mittens and scarves
- toys (if they have outgrown it, toss it)
- extra afghans (I know your favorite aunt made them, but do you really need 10?)
- McD’s and BK toys and glasses
As you purge your stuff, consider what’s worth donating and what is really worth pitching. Donate good quality items to the charity of your choice. If you wouldn’t buy it, chances are someone else won’t either. If it’s not in good shape, just toss it in the dumpster and free yourself from the guilt of doing so. Please be environmentally conscious when you do throw things away. Recycle what you can, remove rechargeable lithium batteries (really, all batteries) and dispose of things properly. If you are really ambitious, you can organize your sale-worthy items into a garage sale before you move. I don’t have that kind of energy – but you might.
Then, as you pack your things, be mindful of whether or not you really need each item. Purge as you pack. When you arrive at your new home, you will have fewer things to unpack and you can start off with a clutter-free home. That is something to celebrate!