What are the Tips On How To De-Clutter Your House Before The Move?
It’s time, and you have to move. You have a whole load of luggage to pack and move, and this will take time. Having been in the same house for a decade or so would mean that you have acquired several items. But do you need to move all of them? An objective question that everyone moving should ask themselves. You will realize that you don’t need to carry everything; some you could sell while others belong to the dustbin.
Tips to help you de-clutter and only move what you require
Get to know why you need to de-clutter
You are not just doing it just for the sake, some of the things you would want to do away with cost you quite some amount; but are they worth keeping? For example, moving that fridge will add substantial weight and might increase the moving cost to more than what a new one would cost.
You better dispose it at a lower price and buy another once at your destination. Some things may never be used anymore; the old newspapers, those grade one books which were used by your daughter now in the university may not be of any use. Be as choosy as you can and save space and the cost that comes with weight.
Give yourself quality time to de-clutter
You need to separate what to set on fire and what to resell, what to give to a neighbor or a friend because you may not need it anymore. That will take time. How do you give out the washing machine that you bought from your a hundred days’ lunch savings? The cost of shipping that car may be much more than selling it and purchasing an equivalent at your destination. Taking sufficient time will ensure you move what is necessary and leave behind what you don’t need.
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Remain focused and be consistent
Make a schedule where every room is allocated its own time. Moving from room-to-room will help you remain focused and be consistent. Make it as enjoyable as possible and allow for breaks. Don’t kill yourself with a program that runs from daylight to dusk; this will discourage you and thus might lead to procrastination. Let there be tea breaks, lunch breaks while maintaining your focus on timelines.
Don’t do it alone
Most of what is in your house are not your items, somethings that are not important to you are dear to your loved ones. That old newspaper you think is just adding to the weight is vital to your husband for that project he is beginning next season. If not checked, de-cluttering could lead to unnecessary heartbreaks. Make it as consultative as possible.
Cut on cost, by decluttering which helps in creating more space, and reducing weight when moving. Do not rush the process, take your time and selectively choose what you are keeping and what you are discarding. You are bound to make some savings just by doing this.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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