So, you’re moving! Congratulations. This is a great opportunity to take stock of what you have and decide what to do with it. It’s also an opportunity for some deep cleaning so the next person can enjoy your things as much as you did when they were new and necessary.
When you move, it can be hard to know what to do with your old furniture and “stuff”. You don’t want to throw it out, but the idea of dragging it across town to your new place is overwhelming. Fortunately, there are several options for dealing with these items that will make your transition easy and stress-free. Here are a few ideas:
- Donate: If there’s a charitable organization in your city that accepts donations, consider donating the items instead of selling or throwing them away
- Sell: Put an ad on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or ask friends if they’re interested in buying some pieces from you
- Give it away: Gather up all of your unwanted stuff and give it away to someone moving into a smaller place who might need some help getting their household in order. Freecycle is another local group that you can offer your things to, besides putting them out on the curb, which is not possible in some areas
- Store it in an offsite facility. Or not. This could be very helpful as a temporary solution until you make a decision on what to do with larger items
- Keep everything until you find the “right” spot for it — naaaaaaaah!
Moving sucks. It’s a lot of work, and it can be difficult to say goodbye to the life you’ve built in your current home. But don’t worry! In this post, I’m going to cover some ideas for how you can get creative with what goes inside those big boxes that will come out on moving day, so that you have room for everything from clothes and books to kitchenware and electronics. I’ll also go over packing tips like how not to pack too many dishes or pots and pans (you might need them at the new place), how important it is not leave anything behind (even if it just seems like junk), and how to start anew in your new home!
Think outside of the box when it comes to packing moving boxes. The more creative you get with what goes inside, the less stuff will spill out on your floor once they’re opened!
Packing up for a move can be so stressful and time-consuming that many people just want everything done as quickly as possible. But while saving yourself some hassle is great in theory, forgetting about using creativity during this process could lead to serious headaches and wasted space later down the line, which nobody wants! So make sure not only are you getting things organized now by sectioning off spaces like clothes from kitchenware or books from electronics, but also think about how all those different items might fit into one big cardboard box together before filling each individual container with its own items.
Begin by asking yourself, “What will I need to get through the first few days?” And then keep in mind that you should be able to pack and unpack everything within 10 minutes.
Sort through your belongings and decide what to keep. Get rid of anything that is broken, old, or no longer fits. Be realistic about how much space you have for storing things in your new place.-Make sure everything is labeled so it’s easy to find later on when unpacking (this includes labeling all of your boxes). When it comes time for finding your toothbrush, kitchen utensils and cleaning supplies, pack and label these things so they’re easy to find and put away in their new homes!
Also, it’s a good deed to clean up after yourself. Don’t leave trash and old, broken, discarded junk lying around for the new tenants. You’ll feel better about your move in the long run — and yourself!
Begin with a Clean Slate!
If possible, thoroughly clean and paint your new place prior to move-in day! Buy some plants or plant a small garden, if space permits. The freshness will make a huge difference. If your budget allows it, make or buy some new curtains, rugs, shower curtain, towels, etc. to commemorate and fit the new space and colors you’ve chosen. The newness will make you feel refreshed and relaxed in little ways, and can be a great way to get rid of old memories, clutter, change in financial status, geographical region — change is good!
And last but not least, make a good impression on your new neighbors and take the time to introduce yourself! You’ll be glad you did. People are more likely to welcome moving into their neighborhood if they know who lives there, what makes them special, and how you can contribute positively in the future of that community. Introduce yourself (or have someone do it for you) with a friendly smile, some snacks or drinks, and don’t forget to shake hands before leaving. Your kind gesture will not only make an impact on one person, but also potentially many others as word spreads about the great new neighbor who just moved in next door.
You’re not alone in your struggle to figure out what to do with the things you’ve accumulated. The hardest part of moving is deciding where all those items should go, and it’s often difficult to let them go because they have sentimental value or can be used again someday. Remember that for every item you give away, there will be another person who benefits from its use instead of throwing it out. Be grateful for these items as they show up in new homes, too! If this blog post has helped you make a decision about how best to handle your possessions when moving on, we would love if you shared it so others can benefit, too!