When it comes to moving house, it is usually then we see how much we have managed to accumulate over the previous years. As your family grows, so does the amount of stuff you have. Toys, clothing, books – not to mention the nick-nacks that seem to fill up the drawers and cupboards.
So if you have a move planned, the first thing you should do is call professional movers, and the second is to start the clear out.
This can be a lot of fun, grab some post-it notes in different colors. Pink, yellow, blue, and green are usually great options. Start in the busiest room and take the color pad that is for ‘keep.’ Walk around and put some post-it notes on everything that you want to keep. Usually, this is bigger furniture like sofas and heirlooms. Use blue for things that you want to throw away – but make sure it is because they can’t be used by anyone else. Green for things you are going to sell and yellow for items that you will donate. The best way to make this more fun is to put some music on and get other people involved.
Many people have more clothing than they will ever need – or wear. And in fact, by accident, most people have created a capsule wardrobe – simply by buying and not wearing other things. Take a look at what you actually wear over the next few weeks, and the chances are you love a select set of clothing. Haul out all of your clothing on to a bed and get some bags ready. A bag for donating and a bag for trash. Pick up each item of clothing and decide if it is getting kept, donated, or isn’t good enough for anyone to wear. Everyone in the family should do this so that you trim down all of the extra bulk. This is even more important if you are downsizing.
You have to start selling as early on as possible. eBay, Freecycle, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace are great options for selling your goods. Remember, with eBay, you will have to pay fees, and unless you’re a dab hand at it, you might find things aren’t selling or taking too long and need to be relisted more than once. If you have the space in the front yard (and live by other people), you can have a garage sale. Advertise it in the local paper and make a note of a few things you have that might be of interest to other people.
When it comes to smaller items and kitchen equipment, if you don’t love it or use it – then let it go. We take things with us that we think we need, or we don’t want to offend Aunt Maggie if we ditch the bread marker. But everything you take takes up valuable space in your new home. So only take what makes you happy to your new home.