If you’re like most people who are preparing for an upcoming move, you likely have two pressing concerns: saving money and reducing the hassles commonly associated with moving.
Budget concerns are a common worry associated with a move because, let’s face it, moving your household goods can be expensive – even if the new place is just across town. Not to mention the time and energy it takes to organize, pack and unpack when you reach your destination.
Decluttering in advance of a move is one of the most effective ways to address both of these concerns. Here’s why.
The Benefits of Decluttering Before a Move
The most obvious benefit of cutting down on the clutter in your home is that you’ll have less stuff to pack, move and unpack. That translates to reduced costs for packing materials and the time of your professional movers. You’ll also have less to unpack and put away upon arrival, saving even more of your time.
The factor you might not have considered is the mental and emotional benefit of decluttering. Psychologists tell us that decluttering provides us with increased confidence and a sense of accomplishment. It reduces anxiety in both the short- and long-term, as organizing your home will be easier and more efficient in the future.
And, really, who doesn’t think that simplifying your life can only lead to good things?
Planning for the Pre-Move Decluttering
The American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) recommends making a plan for decluttering before a home move. A critical part of your plan means deciding whether you’re going to sell or donate anything you don’t want to keep or recycle/toss. If you’re going to try to sell some of your stuff, make a plan for how, when and where. If you’re going to donate, make sure you work the details out ahead of time, as COVID has affected the way that some organizations accept donations today.
AMSA recommends giving yourself one to two days for getting rid of the clutter in each room in your house, so make sure you start well before your scheduled moving day.
Tackling the Clutter Like a Boss
The step-by-step process of decluttering is complex enough that we’ll tackle the details another day. Suffice it to say that you should adopt a general rule of getting rid of anything you haven’t used in one or two years. Start with the easiest room first. That way you’ll give yourself a sense of accomplishment as you work up to the harder parts of your home.
Get your family onboard with the process too. Kids can make a preliminary pass of their room, sorting items into piles of “keep,” “donate” and “toss,” then you can go through the piles later to verify.
Experts recommend that you shoot for getting rid of a third of your belongings. Clutter builds up quickly and, if you’ve been in your home for even just a few years, that should be an easy target to hit.
If you’re planning a home or commercial move from anywhere in the western U.S., including Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Montana, call on Mesa Moving and Storage to make the process as easy and affordable as possible for you. Contact us now to get a free quote for your upcoming residential move.