Decluttering before moving is a great way to save money and to practice minimalism.
Many of us accumulate stuff in our homes and often forget about them, chucking them in a corner.
When it’s time to move then you finally realize how much stuff you really have and that you can get rid of most of this stuff without batting an eye.
Plus, by lightening the load, your moving costs will be lower and you can even make some extra cash by selling your items.
Let’s get into a few tips you can use to start decluttering before moving…
Get Into A Minimalist Mindset
The most important tip to start decluttering is to get into a minimalist mindset.
Without getting into this mindset, you will never choose to get rid of things you don’t need because you will believe that you need everything!
The reality is that you don’t need most of the stuff you have and you can live off of less and be equally as happy or even happier.
You need to create a strong motivating reason to change. So before you even attempt to declutter, you’ve got to figure a few things out.
What bothers you most? What do you want more of? Maybe you’ve got too much stuff lying around, or maybe you want more time in the morning to add meditation to your routine.
For me, I had grown tired and unhappy of being a slave to stuff and wasting time and energy. It’s exhausting and emotionally draining having too much stuff laying around.
The goal is to find contentment. You must be happy with what you have. You must realize you have abundance and there is no need for more. It’s the only way you’ll be intentional with future purchases.
Now that we got into the mindset, let’s check out some tips you can use to start decluttering before moving…
Start With The Necessities
To start decluttering simply pick out all the things you definitely need and pack those away first.
The key here is, to be honest with yourself, don’t tell yourself you need certain items because you like them, this tip is only about things you need!
Before you move, take everything you need and put them in a pile to be packed away.
These items are things you will be definitely taking with you on the move so pack them away so you can start focusing on the other items you have.
Remember to be honest with yourself, I can’t say this enough because many people think they need certain items when they really don’t.
This is a great time to get into the minimalistic mindset and start relying on fewer things, you will thank yourself later on!
Get Rid Of The Unneeded Or Unwanted Items
The second step you need to do for decluttering before moving is to get rid of all the items you don’t need or want.
Take all the items you don’t need or want anymore and put them aside. These are the items that you are going to get rid of.
This helps you save money because by getting rid of things you don’t want or need, you will have to bring fewer items with you when you are moving.
This means you can get a smaller truck or hire fewer people to assist you with the move.
For the items that you don’t need don’t just throw them away, sell the items that are in good condition and then donate other items that you feel won’t sell.
If you need a fast way to get rid of these items then you can host a yard sale and have people stop by to purchase items from you.
While this is the fastest way to make money, you won’t make as much money as you would with other methods because yard sales usually have items that are extremely discounted.
If you have some time to sell your items then I recommend checking out apps like OfferUp, Facebook Marketplace, Poshmark, Craigslist, Mercari, etc…
With these selling apps, you can make more money than you would with a yard sale but it will take some more time to sell your items.
Don’t just throw your unwanted items away, make some money from them!
Review The Remaining Items
In this decluttering before moving process, you have put together all the items you need and got rid of your unwanted items, now it’s time to handle the “wanted” items.
I put quotes around wanted because a lot of people think they still want certain items but they haven’t been used in years! So why keep them?!
This is the time where you review these items and really decide if you want to keep certain items or not.
I’ll say this again… be honest with yourself! Really think about what you want to keep and not, or else you will end up with a lot of items stuffed away in the back of the closet.
Use your values to guide your decluttering.
What matters most to you in life? Is it dressing well? Traveling the world? Your creativity?
Who you are and what you do will dictate what you keep and what you toss. It is about keeping the meaningful items and ditching the energy-draining items.
Don’t feel guilty in letting go of things. Know when it’s time to let go, trust me, you will feel better in the long run.
This will help you decide if you want to keep or get rid of the last remaining items before your move.
Pack away the items you choose to keep and then sell or donate the items you want to get rid of.
Continue With Minimalism
That’s pretty much it about decluttering before moving but this is not the end of the road.
Yes, it’s great to declutter before a move but you shouldn’t acquire useless items, to begin with.
This is why you should continue to think about minimalism and only purchase items you need or really want.
Not only will this save you money, but it will also give you a sense of peace knowing that you don’t have clutter laying around.
I am not saying you should become an extreme minimalist that can fit everything they own into a backpack (even though there nothing is wrong with this), I am saying that you should be mindful about your purchases.
You should second guess every purchase to make sure it’s something that you need or want.
End Result Of Decluttering
Decluttering is not complex nor is it a hard thing to do so why do so many people acquire a lot of things over the years?
The simple answer is that it’s all in the mind, a lot of us think we need or want things so we either keep things around the house that is never used or acquire new things.
You now have the necessary tips to start decluttering before moving and in general!
After you finish decluttering you will feel free from all the material items around you and experience a sense of freedom that comes with practicing minimalism.
The hardest part is getting started but after you get past the initial hurdle it will become easier and you will thank yourself!
Here are some frequently asked questions when it comes to decluttering before moving…
The word declutter means to get rid of clutter, which are items that are not needed or wanted and are just taking up space.
The best way to declutter is to first put all your needed items in one pile to keep and then put all the items that you definitely don’t need or want in a pile to get rid of. Then review all of your remaining items to decide what you will keep and what you will get rid of.
It is important to declutter because it is a method of self-care. By decluttering you are getting rid of the unwanted and unneeded items in your life to provide clarity and improved mental health.
The best way to declutter when overwhelmed is to start small. Just get rid of a few items at a time to build up a habit and then you will find that decluttering is not hard to do at all and you will find it to be a rewarding process.
Deciding what to throw away when decluttering is personal but you should throw away items that are broken, unneeded, or unwanted. Some examples are, old documents, unused electronics, unwanted clothes, etc…
Items you should not declutter are items that you need that are used regularly and items that you really want to keep.
Minimalism is about choices. About living life intentionally. Instead of accumulating tons of crap you never use, only keep items you can truly appreciate and that enhance your life.
If you are going to a new place then these tips on decluttering before moving can help you get rid of a lot of unwanted items that can also help you save on moving costs.
Plus, remember the saying of “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, so just don’t toss all of your unwanted items in the trash. If the item is in good condition then try selling it to get some money.
Do you have an easy method for decluttering? What are your tips for creating a mindset for decluttering?