When I take a look around my house right now I dread my upcoming move. I mean, I still have not unpacked boxes from the last move and that was five years ago! Needless to say, I have a lot of work ahead of me. Here are some helpful tips to get rid of your junk and make your move a lot easier:
- Mark what you use – The first thing I suggest doing is starting to mark what you use a few months to a year ahead of the move. You can attach a sticker, make a running list, or just do something to make sure you know you have used it. This works well for clothes. The old hanger or drawer trick works for me. I turn all the hangers backwards in my closet and then after a year anything that is still backwards I toss. In my drawers I have a system. One drawer starts out empty and as I wear and wash the clothes they go into the empty drawer. At the end of the season whatever is left in the starting drawer goes to charity.
- Replace – Another thing that has helped me to toss lots of junk is to keep in mind what is easy to replace. Do I really need to keep the half used pencil? How about the bent envelopes? The folding chairs with the paint chipping off? If it is easy and cheap to replace later then toss it. It will be much cheaper and easier in the long run to buy things for your new home rather than tote the old junk along with you.
- Memories – Memories are irreplaceable, but that does not mean they can’t be downsized. For years my mother kept my favorite rocking horse from when I was a very young child. The thing was huge! At last I convinced her to let me take it apart and I just saved the body, not the frame. Now the horse is a sort of art piece in her house and not an eyesore. By downsizing your keepsakes you can actually enjoy them more. You can also take photos or make scans of childhood report cards, art work and so on.
- Electronic storage–Speaking of scans, a lot of the junk we collect is paperwork. In an era of computers that is just silly. Ninety nine percent of the paper you have does not need to be kept. Of course there are exceptions like birth certificates and social security cards, but all in all most of your paper is better off stored safely and securely on a hard drive or USB device. You can even scan it and store the USB drive in a safety deposit box for sensitive documents.
- Entertainment – I am a book hog. I admit it. I used to have to buy every book I read, just in case I wanted to read it again. And many times I did. However now I have a Kindle and my books are heavy. Although it kills me sometimes, I have started to donate and sell those books I have not read in a while or the ones I have electronically. The same thing can be true for DVDs, VHS tapes, CDs and video games. Most of these have been replaced with something better that does not require moving or packing. Selling or giving away these treasures might be hard, but keep in mind you still have access to them online.
Moving does not have to be a huge struggle. The more you can get rid of before the movie the easier it will be. Take a look around your home and see what you can downsize on. You will usually find out that you really do not need or use that much.
This is article is contributed by Madoline Hatter. Madoline is a freelance writer and blog junkie from ChangeOfAddressForm.com. You can reach her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.