Moving can seem like a big hassle on the surface, but there is a least one silver lining throughout this strenuous process: the opportunity to de-clutter and purge your home of unnecessary belongings!
Here are some simple tips for starting fresh in your new home:
Pack with purpose
When rushed during a big move, it’s easy to throw everything into boxes and call it a day. Don’t make that mistake! Give yourself ample time to pack thoughtfully. Start packing things you aren’t currently using (e.g., Christmas decorations and winter coats if you’re moving in July), and as moving day nears, start packing your everyday items like towels and cookware. This will give you ample time to take a thorough inventory of your belongings and allow you to envision how they will fit in your new place.
Don’t move with anything you won’t use
This tip may require some willpower, but don’t drag any useless or obsolete items with you when you move. Purge, purge, purge! Go through your closet and donate any pieces you haven’t worn recently or don’t fit. Likewise, donate or throw out any furniture, household appliances or miscellaneous items that you won’t use in the future. And be honest with yourself—if you haven’t touched your golf clubs in 10 years, it may be time to free yourself from the clutter and pass them along to someone who will actually use them. Remember—donation to organization like Goodwill or Salvation Army can be tax deductible, so the benefits are twofold!
Just as you packed with purpose, unpack with those same intentions. Use this as an opportunity to throw out or donate any items that didn’t make the first cut. Now that you have moved and you are in your new home, you can get a feel for how your belongings are going to fit. Maybe you realize you don’t need your old bookcases since your new house has built-ins. Rather than throwing your unused furniture in the basement or attic, save yourself the clutter and put them on Craigslist for $10 (or free).