Get Organized for Moving
So You’re Moving?
Whether you are in the beginning stages of looking for a house or you’ve already found one and you are prepping to put your house on the market, the excitement may quickly fade when you look at your long to do list to get ready for the big move.
When To Start
Right now! Even if you know that you won’t be moving for a year, you can still start to declutter and organize your belongings so you will be ready to go once you start packing. Another bonus to getting started early is being able to have a yard sale or have time to sell items online that you no longer need and get some extra money!
Labels are going to be your best friend! My favorite are the ones that are multicolored and have the room name printed on them. Depending on the size of your house and the amount of boxes, you can determine what bundle works best for you.
Boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, tape, sharpies, and garbage bags are a must. Home Depot, Lowe’s, U-Haul, The Container Store, or a local moving store are great places to purchase all your packing supplies. Also check liquor stores and neighborhood groups on Facebook for free boxes.
How To Start
You should first understand what your goal is here. It is to get EVERYTHING out of your house that you don’t want, use, or love! Yes, it’s a daunting task, but it’s one that is needed and will make moving much easier and save you money and time!
Now when you start going through your belongings, you will be putting them into five different categories: KEEP, STORE, DONATE, SELL, TRASH.
KEEP is what you will be keeping in your home before your move.
STORE is what you want to keep, but will not need before you move. These items can go ahead and be boxed up and stored in your garage/basement/offsite at a storage facility or storage pod. If you are unable to start packing before your move because of room, just skip this category.
DONATE is what you do not want or need and do not want to sell. Look for a Goodwill, Salvation Army, or local non-profit in your area that you can drop off donations. For larger items like furniture, many non-profits have free pickups, just contact your store for details. If you are in a Buy Nothing neighborhood group, you could put your items on there to see if anyone is in need.
SELL is what you want to bring to the consignment shop, try to sell in a yard sale, or online like eBay, ThreadUp, Poshmark, or Facebook Marketplace.
TRASH is simple- anything that you aren’t able to donate should be disposed of properly.
Where to Start
If you are planning on storing packed up boxes in your garage or basement, I would suggest starting in those areas. Otherwise, start in any room!
One Room at a Time
Make a plan to finish one room completely before you move on to the next. This will help keep things organized and you on track. The process is the same in each room. Get some boxes or trash bags. Label them DONATE, SELL, TRASH. If you are going to start packing up stuff and storing, then assemble some boxes so they are ready to go. As you pick up an item, decide what are you going to do with it and put it in the appropriate bag or box.
A few things to consider:
Items that are broken- Is it usable? Will you fix it? No? Get rid of it!
Items that are expired- Is it already opened? Will you ever use it? No? Get rid of it!
Items that don’t fit/aren’t comfortable- When was the last time you wore it? Would you buy it again? No? Get rid of it!
Items that are stained or ripped- Would you offer them to a guest? No? Get rid of it!
Going through your stuff can be physically, mentally, and emotionally draining. That is why it is great if you can start early so you can pace yourself!