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What to do with All the “Stuff” When Moving?

According to Verywell Mind and many other sources, moving is one of the top five most stressful life events. Whether you’re moving across town or to another country, moving involves packing, unpacking, and adjusting to a new community, which can all be very stressful.

One way to decrease the stress of moving is to lessen the things you need to move. Moving is the perfect time to declutter. Decluttering before a move makes moving easier, faster, and less costly. Of course, you don’t need to wait to move before you begin decluttering your home. However, if you haven’t decluttered yet, moving is the perfect time to do it.

Remember, your new home may be smaller and less spacious than your current home, and it may not have the same storage capacity as well. So, any way you look at it, decluttering is a good idea.

If you can’t figure out which items to declutter, here are some easy tips:

  • If you haven’t worn something in a few years, you probably never will. If the clothing has no sentimental or monetary value to you, don’t keep it. You can sell a designer piece. If a dress was your favorite in college, you might want to keep it a little longer before you finally toss it.
  • Get rid of broken items. Don’t repair them because you’ve gone this long with them broken. If you fix it, you will be tempted to keep it, even if you last used it years ago.
  • Work methodically. Start in one room and go through all the items in this room before moving to another room.

Next, group your things into categories:

  • Sell: We’re sure you have items in your home that you don’t need or want anymore, but someone else will like them. You can sell them yourself online or in consignment shops. Furniture, unused appliances, and even unworn clothing can all be sold.
  • Donate: Many charities accept donations of all kinds. If you have many clothes you don’t have the time to sell and want others to benefit from, you can give them to Goodwill or The Salvation Army. If you have a specific item to donate, like a beaded ball dress, check out specialized organizations like Becca’s Closet, which provides free prom dresses to girls in need.
  • Throw: You probably have items that can no longer be sold or donated. Some places allow people to leave things on the curb for anyone to take and put a sign like “Feel free to take me.” Other areas will fine the homeowner for doing this. Ensure that you check your municipality’s rules. Freecycle.org is an online platform that allows people to post items free of charge, and other people in their area can pick them up for free.
  • Storage: Consider self-storage if you have items that don’t fit into any of the three categories above. Do your homework when choosing your self-storage unit. Ensure your storage units are easily accessible, locked, climate-controlled, and insured. Remember, this should be a short-term solution. If you put items into storage just because you can’t decide what to do with them, you might be spending on storage fees for years on items you will never use again.

Contact Wendy Gimpel in Stillwater Today!

If you’re planning to move soon, Wendy Gimpel Real Estate can help you find the perfect home in Stillwater, Minnesota. Contact us today to learn more about our services and to schedule a consultation.

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