This is part 1 of the Moving Prep series.
I’m not sure if you have noticed, but I’m a big fan of purging. Get rid of the unnecessary and make room for growth. I’m also a person who likes to hoard items, and it takes a lot for me to part with something unless it’s completely useless, and I may still try to find a reason to keep it.
But, when you are moving, you really must ask yourself if you want to drag the unnecessary with you. I’ve been there; Carrying everything with me just because I didn’t want to part with things and being a college student and keeping notes only if I need them next semester. It’s a big waste of time, energy, and money to pack things you will end up getting rid of at some point. The clutter can also add to your stress when you don’t get around dealing with it and have to find time to go through it.
My husband and I are moving not only to a new apartment but also to an all-new city. We are starting a new life with a host of opportunities, just in time for the new year. We are currently in the purge stage and getting rid of anything that is not essential or needed to be replaced and won’t need to be used within a few weeks of transplanting. It’s been quite refreshing.
We are young and have the opportunity to go to the bare bones of our needs and reinvent our personal and combined styles.
But that is beside the point.
Let’s talk about what to do with a moving purge.
- Start by going room to room, going through your items, and deciding if something is for keeps, donation, or trash.
- Trash anything that is broken, and you know you won’t fix or have repaired.
- Determine what you need and want. If it’s not an essential item, can you find a home for it, easily organize it, or will it just cause unnecessary clutter? Why do you want it? Can you realistically organize it three months after the move ( And to me, that is giving much extra time)?
- Sell items you don’t want or donate them, especially clothes. It’s wintertime, so shelters are definitely in need, and thrift stores offer an alternative for many.
You’ll feel so much better and have a chance to rediscover old loves and see the infinite possibilities for new ones.