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Posted on September 28, 2016
This is Part 2 in our Moving Guide series, here's Part 1: Finding Your New Home.
Remember those gaucho pants from 2004? You wore them once, before realizing they kind of look like baggy capris. Since then they’ve been buried in your closet right next to those Steve Madden high tops and denim overalls. Although some of your fashion and purchasing blunders can never be completely erased, moving provides the perfect opportunity to get rid of the old and start fresh with the new.
By taking the time to get organized and only moving with the things you really need and will use in your new place, your move will be easier, cheaper, and less stressful. But before you begin filling up donation bags and trash cans, here are a few useful steps for consolidating your life into a few boxes.
When moving, you really only have a few options for what to do with all your stuff. As you move through your different rooms, taking inventory of all your belongings, separate items into 3 piles: keep, donate/sell, or trash.
Pro tip: label items with different colored sticky notes to keep track of what 'pile' they belong in.
For hoarders like myself, this exercise requires a good amount of restraint and self-discipline. I know it can be tough to part ways with those high school participation medals or third grade art projects. With that said, consider the 6 month rule when deciding what to bring and what to leave behind…
It’s time to be honest with yourself. If you haven’t used or worn an item in the last six months, it most likely belongs in either the donate/sell or trash pile. I’m specifically talking about that old record player you bought two years ago with the hope of achieving a hipster lifestyle (guilty as charged).
While it may be tempting to keep more things than you toss, you probably don’t use (or need) as much as you think. Did you know most people only wear 20% of their wardrobe?? In many ways, moving is a time to start fresh. Hold yourself accountable and get rid of the stuff you don’t plan on wearing or using!
Obviously there are exceptions, like anything your Grandma gave you, your Spelling Bee trophy from the second grade, and other sentimental items.
Donate or trash? If you're asking yourself this question while looking at a worn out pair of shoes with holes in the bottom of them, then employ the friend rule. That is, if you wouldn’t pass it along to your friend, then trash it! Similarly, if any of your items are being held together by duck tape or glue, then they more than likely belong in the trash.
Be sure to follow your apartment’s/neighborhood’s guidelines for waste disposal. The last thing you need when you’re moving is a ticket for illegal dumping.
Depending on how much stuff you own, you may have small piles or entire rooms of your place marked with “donate/sell” or “trash” or “keep”. Here’s how to tackle each of them:
We hope this helps you cut down on some of your packing and makes you feel lighter as you get ready for your move. If you have any suggestions for services that weren’t mentioned or other thoughts, comments, or questions, please tweet them at us @DozeBeds.
Stay tuned for part #3 of the Moving Guide blog post series, where we’ll breakdown the actual packing process.