Moving is one of the most stressful experiences anyone can go through. You have so much stuff that you need to pack, but you have no idea where to start. It might be a good time to re-evaluate your belonging and start figuring out what you need, what you want, and what can go. Here are some tips for getting rids of things before you move.
1. Figure what stays and what goes
The first step is to determine your needs when it comes to your stuff. Make three lists, one for things you need and use every day, one for things that are sentimental or emotionally important, and one for things you have not used within the last six months to a year. The key to this is to be honest with yourself and be willing to part with things you may have had for years.
2. Sell, donate, recycle, or trash
Once you have a list of things you have not used in a long time, it is time to determine what you can do with them. Things that are well made and still in good condition could be used to raise a little cash for your move. Clothes that you do not wear or do not fit anymore can be donated to a thrift store. Things made of recyclable materials that you can’t sell could be recycled for a little cash. Anything worn out, broken, irreparable, or not working should be thrown away.
3. Alternate ways to get rid of stuff
Anything you could not sell or donate that is still in good shape can still be eliminated in other ways. You can have an indoor yard sale by inviting friends over to make bids on your stuff. Or if you do not feel comfortable selling things to them, have a reverse birthday party and turn your belongings into gifts for your friends.
4. Getting rid of consumable items
Another thing you must worry about is what to do with your food. Anything perishable should be eaten or used well before you move. Things like canned goods, dry goods, and other non-perishable food can be donated to a local food bank. Just make sure the food is in date. An alternative could be to use the food and serve it at the going away party.
Once you remove things you no longer need from your belongings, packing and moving will be much easier. Not only that, but you ensure your things go to people who need or want them, improving the lives of your friends and those in need. You can move knowing you helped your own life stay organized while helping the people around you.