Removals offer a great opportunity to go through your possessions and get rid of what you don't need. In fact, many moving guides recommend purging unwanted or unused possessions before you start packing, but these guides often lack tips on how to purge. If you want to streamline and speed up the process, here are five tips to help as you go through your possessions.
1. Work Through Your Home in Sections
Purging and packing a home is a huge job, and to make it manageable, you may want to divide your big job down into lots of tiny tasks. Make a checklist if it helps you stay organised, or just divide the home into sections mentally. For the greatest ease, you may want to subdivide each room as well.
For instance, instead of writing "pack the garage" on your to-do list, you may want to write several tasks such as "clean out the rafters", "pack garage shelves", or "go through tools". That can be especially helpful if you don't have a lot of time and you want to be able to tackle little tasks when you can.
2. Decide Right Away
Typically, as you pack each room, you should sort possessions into a few categories: pack, throw away, donate, and keep out until the last minute. It can be tempting to create a "decide later" pile, but that just builds up the work. As you go through your possessions, commit to making decisions right away. That allows you to definitely check off each room, closet, or shelf in your home as done, rather than leaving a to-do-later list in your wake.
3. Start With the Easy Stuff
Purging your possessions isn't always easy, especially when you're dealing with family heirlooms or other items with emotional significance. To make the process easier, start packing and purging the least emotional areas of your home first. For instance, pack up the laundry room or the bathroom before you hit your child's chest of drawers or the dining room hutch full of antiques. The idea behind this method is that by the time you hit the items with sentimental value, you'll be a seasoned pro at purging.
4. Use a Metric to Help You
When purging, it can help to use a metric or a guideline. There's no one-size-fits all metric that works for everybody, so you'll have to create guidelines that appeal to you personally. Some ideas to try out include getting rid of possessions that you haven't used in a year or eliminating possessions that don't bring you joy. For instance, if you haven't worn your "favourite" sweater for two years, you may just want to let it go.
5. Cut Down Trips to Charity Shops
Ultimately, the items you purge need to be sold, donated, or thrown away. If you are donating items, you should try to avoid multiple trips to the charity shops. This can waste time. Instead, you may want to contact your local charity shops and ask if they offer pick-up services.
Depending on your schedule, you may want to arrange a pick-up to get rid of stuff midway through the packing process and again somewhere near the end of the removal. You may even want to schedule a pick-up the day before your move so you can get absolutely everything you want to donate into that last pick-up.
Once you've decided what to get rid of and what to take with, a professional can help you with the rest. At Price's Removals and Storage, we can handle every aspect of your next move for you. Contact us today for a quote.