Moving house is stressful enough without having to think about which items to purge that you may end up regretting. We all know that the less you have to move, the cheaper and easier your move will be. So before you contact freight delivery companies or rent a moving truck, we will provide you with some tips to look over on how you can reduce the number of possessions you take with you, but you need to be prepared to be harsh.
You may have got some long distance moving quotes but before you are ready to pack to move, you need to make time to declutter. After all, the last thing you want to do is pack things which you will go through at a later date and this is especially if you are considering container homes. It’s likely that you won’t ever deal with these items and they will just sit in your new home, as they probably don’t really have a purpose. If you’re organised and declutter in advance, you’ll be able to get rid of items that you don’t need and reduce your removal costs as well as extra headache.
- Keep focused
You need to make two piles, one pile for the items that you plan to keep and another pile for items that you will get rid of. It’s key to keep focused when going through items and not to get distracted by looking at things from a sentimental point of view. It may even be worth asking a member of your family or a friend to help you to go through your things and keep you focused on the job in hand. Remember, if you are planning on keeping something, you don’t need to look through it now as you can do this at any point at a later date.
- Reduce space
You may be moving to a smaller house so it could be that you can only take so much. A good idea would be to purchase a particular amount of boxes and decide that once they are full, you will not be packing or taking anything else. By doing this you will make sure that you only pack and take with you the items that you need.
Don’t think that you will get everything sorted in a day. You need to do things in small steps and maybe work room by room. On day one, you might go through your CD or book collection and decide which ones you would like to keep and which ones you can get rid of. Next time, tackle your clothes or kitchen items.
Now that you have decluttered your home and have decided what you will keep and take with you, you end up at the question, what should you do with any items that you are not going to keep.
Consider giving these items to friends or family members who will be able to give these items a good home.
If you have children or a local school in the area, they will probably be happy to take items such as printers, computers, toys or craft related equipment off you.
Charity shops will also take items that you are getting rid of. If you decide that you need to get rid of furniture, there are probably charities that will come and take the furniture off you and save you a run to your local tip.
There are many ways that you can sell the items that you are not going to take with you. For instance, you could consider having a car boot sale. Car boot sales are a great way of raising some money as well as getting rid of all the stuff that you no longer need. Don’t expect to make a huge amount of money as, after all, the whole point of a car boot sale is to get rid of the things that are cluttering your home and you don’t want to take to your new home. Try and get rid of at least half of the things that you take to the car boot sale with you.
Another option would be to advertise your items online using websites such as eBay. If you do decide to use eBay, remember to take selling fees into account and also consider delivery fees and/or collection options.
If you decide that you just want to get rid of your items then you could consider hiring a skip. Skips are a very easy way of getting rid of items and they can be cost-effective. If you don’t require a full skip then ask your neighbours to see if they could use a skip and this way you could also share the cost too.
Another alternative would be to take your items down to your local tip. Many local tips also have the option to recycle items such as electrical equipment and furniture.
There are many ways of recycling items and there are companies that will allow you to post items to them free of charge and they will recycle these items for you. Alternatively, you can take your items to a local recycling centre. If you have an item that needs a bit of TLC then you could consider Upcycling them. You could use different materials or prints to cover a piece of furniture for example.
If you follow the advice that we have provided you above, you’ll be able to purge your excess possessions without regret. After all, you don’t want to move excess items to your new home, as this will just cost you money and cause you more headache in the long run.