Let’s face it. Moving isn’t fun. In fact, it can be one of the most stressful experiences in your life – especially if you’ve spent years accumulating lots of stuff. The thought of packing up all of your belongings, schlepping them to your new place and then having to unpack and organize everything can be overwhelming. By removing some of that excess clutter in advance of your move, you’ll take some of that extra weight off your shoulders and the moving truck.

Not sure where to begin? Mesa Moving and Storage has got you covered. Read on.

Step 1: Give yourself time.

We get it. You’ve got a lot on your plate. But if you wait until the last minute to start packing and prepping, you’ll make the process much harder than it needs to be. If you plan on getting rid of some of the stuff you don’t need, be sure to give yourself plenty of time so you can do so without feeling overwhelmed. Setting aside a little time each day for decluttering will make it much more manageable. And remember – the sooner you start, the better – especially if you’re selling your home. A clean, uncluttered property will be much more attractive to potential buyers.

Step 2: Start with what heaviest and easiest.

Beginning with your larger, bulkier items or those that are heaviest can make it easier to work through at a faster rate. Logically speaking, the items that are the heaviest will cost more to move. If they’re big and bulky, they’ll also take up more room at your new place. In addition to heavier items, focus on things that don’t require a ton of time to make a decision. For instance, sifting through books or kitchen appliances is much faster than, say, going through clothing that you might want to try on.

Here’s a list of items we recommend you start with first:

  • Books/Magazines
  • Furniture
  • Appliances
  • Dishware
  • Décor
  • Outdoor/Sporting Equipment
  • Toys
  • Holiday Items

Step 3: Tackle one category at a time.

Many people make the mistake of tackling one room at a time, but when it comes to decluttering, it’s actually more efficient to focus on a category of items than an entire room of stuff. That may mean going through your home and gathering every book or tagging each appliance. It may seem counterproductive, but it will actually make the sorting process easier in the long run, which means you’ll get a lot more done in a shorter amount of time.

Step 4: Set up a station.

Before you start going through your stuff, grab three boxes – one for packing, one for selling and one for donating – along with a large trash bag for anything you decide to toss. Go through your items one at a time and ask yourself honestly whether or not you really need or want each one. When is the last time you used it? Can you live without it? Is it really worth the extra effort of moving it with you? Pack away the stuff you want to keep, put the things that you no longer want or need in the other boxes and toss the rest.

If you find yourself struggling with letting things go, it might be helpful to ask a friend to come and work through the process with you. Having someone who is level-headed and isn’t emotionally attached to your items can help motivate you and keep you on the right track.

Step 5: Start purging.

Once you’ve divvied up what you want to bring with you to your new home, the next step is getting the items you aren’t keeping to appropriate destinations. For the things you’d like to sell, you can list them online or, if you have enough items (and the time to do so), hold a yard sale. Determine where you’d like your donated items to go and either schedule a pickup or make time to deliver them. Lastly, toss the trash.

Moving can be an arduous process, and the more stuff you have, the more complicated things will be. By following the five tips above, you’ll be able to trim down your collection, making the entire process much faster, easier and less stressful. That way you can enjoy a fresh start at your new place.

Uncluttered and ready to make your big move? Mesa Moving and Storage can help get you, your family and your belongings safely to your new destination and settled in. Get in touch today and let our seasoned experts help make your move a success!

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