Whether you're a college student who is used to moving frequently, or you've been living at your current family home for over 20 years, we all accumulate stuff and could use help in de-cluttering our homes. 

It's not easy to have a minimalist approach when it comes to our possessions, especially those with sentimental value, but it makes moving day a lot easier. Below are some tips on how to get rid of things you don’t need and lighten your load before a move.

Set Goals and Deadlines

Come up with a plan as early as possible for how you want to go through your things before you actually start packing. It can be helpful to go room by room, and decide whether you want to donate, sell, or throw out your things. 

If you give yourself enough time, you can even try to have a garage sale for an easier way to clear things out. 

Sort Through Belongings

Choose different categories for your belongings, and go through your home placing each item into one of them. For everything you decide not to keep, some options for categories would be donate, sell, or throw away. Of course, as you go along, more categories may be added as needed. 

De-Clutter Before Packing

It can be challenging to throw out or get rid of things that we think we may use one day or that have sentimental value. Once you get the hang of it though, you'll realize getting rid of these things will not only lighten your physical load, but mentally you will feel lighter and less anxious. 

A good rule to follow is, if you haven't used something in a year, it's safe to be thrown away. 

Find Temporary Storage

If there are things that you come across that you know you don't use or need, but just can't get yourself to throw out, consider temporary storage. Place anything you're on the fence about in a box and out of sight. If you notice yourself forgetting about it, or not even missing it, after a few months it will be easier to actually give it up. 

Moving is never easy, especially when you have to think about all of the organizing, packing, and unpacking you'll have to do. Daniel's Moving and Storage offers a variety of moving services for any of your individual needs. From residential to long-distance movers, we will help with your move at an affordable price. 

If you're interested in learning more about our moving services, contact one of our moving specialists by phone or through our online form for a free quote today.