A move is the perfect time to simplify your life and de-clutter your belongings. As you organize your home into groups of things you’ll pack, donate, sell, recycle, or throw away, it can be tempting to let sentiment override your logic. If your emotions are causing you to throw that jean jacket from the 9th grade in your “keep” pile, pause to ask yourself these 4 questions before you pack anything else.
1. When is the last time I used this?
If you’ve used an item within the last 12 months, odds are good you’ll want it again when you arrive to your new place. However, if an entire winter season has passed without you choosing that pair of mittens from the pile, let them move onto a new home as you move onto yours.
2. Is this a duplicate?
Do you really need two hair dryers or vegetable peelers or copies of The Hunger Games? If you’re not sure of the answer, here’s a hint: no, you do not. Anytime you own duplicates, pick one item to keep and sell, donate, recycle, or trash the other.
3. Is it time for a new one?
Couches take up a lot of room. If your roommate’s cat tore this one to shreds, save some space in the moving van by getting rid of it before moving day. As long as you have the funds to replace whatever you leave behind, a move is the perfect time to let go of anything on its last leg.
4. Does this carry sentimental value?
You may come across an item or two that should be tossed according to the last three questions, but you just can’t seem to place it in the giveaway pile. If an item carries sentimental value for you or your family, it’s okay to make some space in the moving truck for those must-keep pieces. Don’t use this as an excuse to keep everything—memories take up no space at all, and you’ll still have those even when you get rid of that gumball machine ring from your middle school boyfriend.
Using the weeks before your move to reduce the number of boxes you’ll have to pack, transport, and store is a great way to save time and manpower on the day of your big move. Use these 4 questions to ensure that only those things you truly need will make the trip with you.
Once you’ve simplified your life and packed up the necessities, book your move with FAVEO for an easy way to get all of your belongings to your new home, safe and sound.