PACKING UP: DON'T MOVE IT IF YOU DON'T USE IT

March 18, 2011

Preparing to move is the perfect time to pare down what you own, even if you are moving to a home with more space.  Just because you have room for something, doesn't mean you have to keep it.  If you are packing to move yourself, you will most likely be touching every item you own as you place it in a box.  When you come across an item that you haven't used, haven't seen or don't remember that you own, ask yourself:

  • Do I really need this?
  • When was the last time I used it?
  • Is it expired or out dated?
  • Would someone else benefit from this more?
  • Is there a place in my new home I can put this so I will use this more?
  • Do I love this item?
If you are lucky enough to have a moving company packing your things for you, try to evaluate your closets, cupboards and storage spaces with these questions before you just let them pack it up.  Letting go of unused or unwanted items before your move will mean less packing, less unpacking and more breathing room in your new digs.  Most charitable organizations (thrift stores) will even come pick up your donations so you'll have even less moving to do when your moves comes.

A bit of preparation can go a long way in alleviating some of your moving related headaches.  That's why I will be focusing on preparing you and your family for smooth moves during the month of March.

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