Moving, Decluttering & Storage Tips

Published on 2/13/2023

Moving can be an exciting and chaotic experience. It's a time to start fresh and make a change, but it can also be overwhelming to think about packing up all of your belongings and getting them from one place to another. One of the best ways to make your move more manageable is by decluttering before you pack. This way, you'll have fewer things to worry about and more space to work with in your new home. Here are some tips to help you declutter and make the most of your move.

  1. Start early The earlier you start, the more time you have to sort through your things and make decisions about what to keep and what to let go of. Don't wait until the last minute or you'll be scrambling to get everything done. Give yourself plenty of time to declutter and make arrangements for storage or donation.

  2. Make a plan Create a list of items that you want to keep and those that you're ready to get rid of. Make a plan for how you will dispose of items that you don't need anymore. You may want to consider having a yard sale, donating items to a local charity, or giving them to friends and family.

  3. Be honest with yourself When you're decluttering, it can be tempting to hold onto things that you don't really need, just because they have sentimental value or you think you might use them in the future. But the reality is, if you haven't used an item in the past year, you probably won't use it in the future. Be honest with yourself and only keep what you truly need and use.

  4. Room by room Decluttering can be overwhelming, so break it down into smaller, manageable tasks. Start by focusing on one room at a time and work your way through your home. This will make the process less overwhelming and help you to see progress as you go.

  5. Use the one-year rule When deciding whether to keep or get rid of an item, ask yourself if you've used it in the past year. If the answer is no, it's time to let it go.

  6. Get organized Once you've decluttered, it's important to get organized. Use storage containers, boxes, and bins to help you keep everything neat and tidy. Label everything so you know what's in each box, and make sure to label the boxes clearly with the contents and the room it belongs to.

  7. Store items you don't need If you have items that you're not ready to part with, but don't need in your new home, consider storing them. Renting a storage unit can be a great solution for keeping items that you don't need on a daily basis, but still want to keep.

  8. Make use of vertical space In your new home, make use of vertical space to maximize storage. Consider installing shelves and adding hooks to the walls. This can help you to keep things organized and off the floor, freeing up valuable space in your home.

  9. Think outside the box When it comes to storage, think outside the box. Use furniture with built-in storage, like ottomans or bed frames with drawers. Utilize the space under your bed by storing items in containers or bins.

  10. Get rid of duplicates If you have multiple items that serve the same purpose, consider getting rid of the duplicates. For example, if you have multiple sets of sheets or towels, keep only the ones that you use the most and get rid of the rest.

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