26 May Downsizing During a Move – Five Tips
Even if you’re moving from a small home to a larger one, moving is a great opportunity to get rid of items that you don’t need. Downsizing can simplify your life, and feel very freeing. There’s really no better time to do it when when you’re already going through everything during the moving process!
The best Monarch Beach moving companies charge by weight, so you may even save some money if you downsize on your stuff before you move. Wondering how to go about doing this? Here are just five tips:
1.Ask your mover
Some of the best Monarch Beach movers will actually haul away donation items for free as part of your moving process. Ask if your movers will do this. If not, you might ask them about local charities who will haul donations away for free. If you decide to have a charity come pick up your belongings, be sure to schedule a few weeks in advance. These services can get booked up very quickly!
2. Tackle one room at a time
The best way to begin a big project like sorting through all of your worldly goods is in pieces. For this project, the best option is to go room by room. Set yourself a schedule several weeks before the move, and aim to tackle one to two rooms a week.
Depending on your personality, the hardest room might be your bedroom – with all those clothes that sort-of-not-really fit – or the living room, where you keep all your keepsakes. You might want to get the most difficult room out of the way first. Or you may want to tackle it last. You may find that getting rid of things is so freeing, you’ve built up momentum by the time you’re finished!
3. Use the three box method
The best way to decide what to keep and what to get rid of is to divide things into three piles or three boxes. One is for items you definitely want to keep, and one is for items you definitely want to get rid of. The third is for items that you may or may not keep. This last pile is likely to be the largest, and you’ll have to go back through it to decide whether or not to ultimately keep items in this pile.
Your keep pile should be filled with things you use at least weekly or that are highly sentimental. Your donate pile will quickly fill up with items you haven’t used in months, or things that you just don’t actually like. That middle pile will be full of items that are somewhere in between, and you’ll want to take care when sorting back through it.
4. Think about it
As you sort back through the “maybe” pile, the goal is to divide everything between the other two piles. It can be difficult to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. As you’re going through the process, ask yourself a few questions:
- When was the last time I used or wore this item?
- Do I really love it? How does it make me feel?
- What would my life look like if this item wasn’t here?
- Can I picture this item in my new home? Where would I put it?
Going through these questions can be difficult. And it can take some time. Give yourself some grace for this process, but be serious about it. If you are, you’ll wind up with a new, clutter-free home full of items that you absolutely love and use regularly. And you’ll be happier for it!
5. Keep moving forward
Once you’ve been through this process, you’ll be amazed at how much stuff you can get rid of. You’ll love this, especially since it can let you hire the best Monarch Beach moving company for a lower fee. Once you get to this place, though, you want to stay there. This takes more work!
The best option is to implement a rule that any time you buy something, you have to get rid of something else. If you stick to this at least most of the time, you won’t wind up cluttering up your new home and having to go through this whole process all over again a few years down the road!