Moving out of state is a delicate matter that requires a lot of planning and preparation. It can be pretty stressful to move to a new property out of state and when you factor in having to pack all your belongings and planning to safely move them, it can become even more challenging.
Because of this, it’s a good idea to declutter you’re home before you move out as by doing this, you will have less to pack, reduced number of items to transport, and less to unpack. Preparing in advance is the key when it comes to decluttering before moving out.
Following are some tips that will help you efficiently declutter before moving out of state:
Proper planning is required for a big task like this. So, it is recommended that you first figure out what is classified as clutter and what isn’t. It would also be a good idea to categorize your moving boxes in three types i.e. keep, donate, or sell.
Start with One Room at a Time
This is one of the best ways to make the process of decluttering easier. The task can become quite overwhelming if you try and declutter multiple rooms at once. So, it’s best to start at the top of your home and work your way down as you go.
Implement the 12-Month Rule
Sometimes it can be difficult to determine what to keep and what to get rid of. In such a scenario, the 12-month rule can be very useful. If you are not sure whether or not you want to keep a certain item, simply ask yourself if you have used it at all in the past 12 months. It is worth keeping if you have.
Sell What You Don’t Want
If you don’t want to keep certain items, sell them. If an item is worth some money, selling it is a great way to get rid of it. In this way, you will increase your savings and reduce the clutter at the same time. It’s a win-win situation.
Clear Out That Junk Mail
While holding onto bank statements and letters for future reference is all well and good, there’s a limit to how much paperwork you should hold onto. File away all the key documents in a filing case and bin anything else. Bank statements are not necessary anymore because you can always access an electronic copy, if you ever need it.
Have a Clothing Clear Out
Don’t hold onto clothing that doesn’t fit you or you no longer need to wear. While it may be tempting to hold onto certain pieces of clothing, it is not beneficial to do so. Opt to donate them to worthy causes instead.
Get Rid of Old/Damaged Furniture
Take a moment to consider what you would like your new home to look and feel alike. If you think that your old/damaged piece of furniture won’t fit well into your new home, then now is the time to get rid of it.
Store Items You Want to Keep but Don’t Need Right Now
It is best to store items that you still want to keep but don’t need at the moment. In this way, you won’t have to get rid of them for good but you can get them out of the way for the time being. Opt to use a budget-friendly, professional storage service if you do choose to store items.
Leave Your Sentimental Items in the Past
When decluttering before moving out, it would be a good idea to get rid of sentimental clutter that is no longer worth keeping. Go through your sentimental items and keep the ones that hold great value for you and throw away the rest. Some examples include old photographs, toys, textbooks, holiday cards, baby clothes, etc. If you don’t want to give up items of sentimental value, pass them down to family members or relatives who are willing to store them.
Pack an “Essentials” Box
During your decluttering session, set aside an “essentials” box for instant access to your most needed items on moving day. This box generally consists of cleaning supplies, toilet paper, a hammer and nails, and other necessary items. Don’t forget to properly label the box so that you can easily distinguish it from your other moving boxes when unloading the moving truck.
Preparing to move house is not an easy task as there is a lot to think about. However, taking the time to declutter your home in a timely manner can help make this process a bit less stressful. With the help of the above-listed tips, you will be able to declutter more efficiently and prepare yourself for your move out of state.