October 14, 2015
Home Moving Advice
Moving home can be a stressful time. There is a lot to arrange and organise, and it can be difficult to co-ordinate everything effectively. The key is in the preparation and planning. Making sure that you begin to ready your home for the move well in advance goes a long way to ensuring your big day goes smoothly.
Clearing Out Your Junk
No matter how long you have lived at your current address, be it just a few years or a lifetime, you will have collected a huge amount of useless clutter. Moving represents the perfect opportunity to get rid of it all. A change of residence is the ideal time to start from scratch by removing any items that serve no useful or sentimental purpose from your life.
There are a lot of benefits to de-cluttering your home. As well as making your house cleaner and easier to tidy, you are also lightening your load and preparing for the process of selling your home. The fewer material possessions you have, the less you need to worry about and maintain. You may look around your home and wonder how you could possibly manage without all your knick-knacks and collections, but once they’re gone, it’s surprisingly mentally freeing. Less clutter leads to less stress, and that can only be a good thing.
Even if you’re convinced of the advantages of a de-cluttered home, it can be difficult to know how to start. The most important step is to set a date to begin. Pick a time around a month before your move when you’ll have no outside distractions or visitors. You should also set a deadline for completion too as working under pressure generally makes you more productive.
Prepare yourself mentally to embrace the experience and set yourself ground rules for your purge that you must adhere to. Walk around your home and list everything you need to get rid of, no matter how challenging that decision may be.
When the day for de-cluttering arrives, target one room at a time, and empty every cupboard, drawer and container. Begin with binning unnecessary paperwork and then separate items into things to dump, things to recycle, items to give away and items that can be sold. Offer serviceable unwanted items to friends and family, or donate them to charity.
If you think you have time and could make a profit, why not try selling them on Craigslist or on eBay? When you’re done, your home will be reduced to the essentials and the next step is to begin packing.
Watch this video for some great tips for de-cluttering before your move.