Living in a home for years often means collecting many treasured personal items. However, it also inevitably leads to accumulating a number of belongings that are unused or unnecessary. Moving into a new home is already overwhelming without the added stress of sorting through keepsakes and throw-aways; here’s how to simplify the process of decluttering.
Many homeowners spend weeks to months seeking the right home before they move. The interim between making the choice to move and finding a home is a great time to start decluttering. Putting off the process can mean making hasty, rushed decisions, like keeping items that are insignificant or throwing away prized possessions. Start early to reduce stress and keep a level head while decluttering.
Use the 12-month Rule
It’s easy to hold on to possessions by telling oneself they may come in handy “someday.” However, while waiting for this “someday” to come, these items are still adding to the clutter during a move. To combat this, try the 12-month rule: when deciding whether to keep an item, homeowners should honestly ask themselves if they have used the item within the last year. If the answer is no, the item should be disposed of.
Sell, Gift, and Donate Items
Knowing that once-cherished possessions may end up in a dumpster may make it even more difficult to part with them. Instead, plan to sell, gift, or donate items that are still in good condition. This can result in extra income, reduced moving costs, easy gifts to loved ones, or a sense of giving back, while making it easier to part with items that are only adding to the clutter. Set up three boxes for “sell,” “gift,” and “donate” to streamline the process before packing.
Create and Stick to a Plan
Organizing one room is difficult enough, but decluttering a whole home at once can seem too overwhelming to start. Before beginning, create a plan to go room by room with time-specific deadlines. Ask for help when necessary and stay motivated by setting up rewards for achieving certain benchmarks on the moving timeline, such as an afternoon off after finishing each room.
Decluttering can be as emotionally exhausting as it is physically exhausting, so it’s important to have the right partners during the moving process. For more information about Tate The Great Moving Company, LLC and our packing, moving, and delivery services, call us at (770) 833-6603 today.