Moving into a new home is often exciting but can also be exhausting and time-consuming. Fortunately, a little preparation goes a long way toward reducing relocation stress. The key is organizing belongings before packing. Everything should be sorted into categories. The simplest way to organize is to divide things into those that will be kept, thrown away, or donated. Items that are valuable can even be sold to generate extra cash.
Tossing Unwanted Items Is the First Step
Relocating to a new home is the ideal time to get rid of things that have outlived their usefulness. Most people collect a surprising number of unnecessary and unused things. A good rule of thumb is to toss anything that hasn’t been used in 4-6 months. It is important to be ruthless when deciding what to trash. Nearly everyone has broken knick-knacks, furniture, and even appliances that serve no purpose. Getting rid of them leaves less to pack and move.
Unwanted Things Make Ideal Donations
Moving is also a great chance to help others by donating usable but unwanted belongings. For instance, clothes that do not fit, impulse purchases that never quite worked out, and those “awkward” gifts could all be treasures for someone else. Once they are organized in donation boxes, it is easy to find organizations that eagerly accept things like clothes, books, and furniture. Some are specific about what they take, so it is a good idea to check first. There are also moving services pick up donations and drop them off at Goodwill.
Many Things Can Be Sold
Ideally preparations for a move begin weeks or even months before the event which leaves lots of time to identify and sell items that have value. Belongings like gently used quality clothing and shoes sell well on sites like Poshmark and in consignment stores. Many furniture pieces fetch excellent prices online at AptDeco. Ebay is the ideal place to sell unique items like designer handbags.
The simplest way to reduce moving stress is to prepare early and toss out unwanted items. It is also a good time to donate usable things that might benefit someone else. Selling more valuable items online or at consignment stores also reduces the amount of things that need to be packed and moved.