It does not matter how long you live in your house or apartment — stuff accumulates. This is what has happened with my nephew, Jim. He claims to be a minimalist and he is, to a certain degree, but he likes his ‘toys’ and other stuff which has accumulated. He is also an excellent cook with a small kitchen that is loaded with gadgets and stuff. Wearing a Navy uniform you would think would limit the amount of clothing he has but he has succeeded in filling a few closets of clothing with uniforms, civilian, and workout clothing. So he has some work to do before moving.
Being a loving, helpful and hopefully not nagging Aunt, I started giving a few pointers on what he could do prior to having the movers pack.
- Go through all the ‘toys’ electronic or otherwise and determine what you are using, what is broken, and what you will never use again. When finished doing that assessment, for all the items not working and out of date proceed to throw away the non-electronic items and find proper disposal sites for the electronic items. For the items that will be moving, decide if you will have the movers handle them or will they be taken with you. Make sure you have all the right cords and charging stations. If you are carrying them with you, put them someplace so they will not get inadvertently packed by the movers.
- Go through the kitchen cabinets and drawers yourself before the packers arrive. Eliminate duplicates and broken items. If broken, throw them out, if duplicate and still good — donate. That includes all the gadgets, dishes, glasses, and pots & pans. If these items are in good, usable condition they can be donated to a worthy charity. Whatever is remaining in the drawers and cabinets are ready for the packers to do their thing.
- Go through clothing. Put uniforms in one area so when they are packed in wardrobe cartons they will be clearly marked and visible – no searching. Bring the uniforms you will need with you until the movers arrive with your belongings. Civilian clothing, both dress and casual, should be culled. If you have items not worn for a year, in good condition, donate them to a shelter. This includes shoes! My nephew has at least 30 pairs of running shoes, still wearable, but not for running marathons. Someplace like Soles for Souls is an excellent place to donate used shoes of all kinds.
Doing these three things will make Jim’s (or your) move go smoother. The more you pare down prior to moving, the easier it will be to settle in to your new home. Do not bring unwanted or unneeded items to your new home and have it become cluttered before you even get settled.