Good day ya’ll!
Today I thought we could talk about de-cluttering your home before you move to make packing easier and then some ideas of what you can do with all those things you no longer want or need. & I thought I’d help you out a bit too if you find yourself in the situation of getting ready to move with yet another printable. 😉
So, first, make a game plan! If you’re anything like me you write lists for E.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. It drives my husband completely crazy. He doesn’t understand why instead of just starting and getting things done, that i HAVE to sit down and write a list about what I have to do. I swear it works. I am so much more productive when i have a list in front of my face. Writing everything down, gets it all out there so you can see what you need to do, what order you should work in, and if you don’t finish everything, you can refer back to what you still need to work on. Oh, and crossing things off just feels soo good!
Start there! Decide what space or things you don’t use as much. For us, it was the basement, closets, general “clutter”, and the attic. I know, you’re thinking “Those places are the worst, I don’t want to start there.” But, right now, you have the most energy & are the most inspired to start packing so start in the worst place first so you don’t run out of steam. From there, I went through home decor (after the staging photos), the kitchen, living room, bathrooms, and our rooms.
You have your list, now how do you actually start? Make sure the space where you are going through your things is cleaned up. A clean space will make going through everything a little less overwhelming because there isn’t a load of laundry staring at you saying “fold me” while you’re supposed to be de-cluttering. Go through everything, every box, every paper, every everything and think.. “have i used this in the last year?” “do I use it at holidays or get togethers?” “does it still make me happy?” “has my family outgrown it?” “do i want to keep this for my kids when they’re older?” “do i still need this?” “does it still work?” These are the kinds of things you should think about when you’re going though things. Now is also a really good time to make sure things are with like-things and Christmas decorations aren’t being stored in a box with size newborn clothes..
While going through your things, have a pile or box for everything you want to get rid of. And, start packing what you can! You already went through it, you might as well pack up the stuff you aren’t currently needing or will need within the near future. While I did this, I packed all our winter/fall things thinking we would surely be in our new home before fall. Jokes on me, not there yet & all of our seasonal things are packed away in our storage unit. 🙂 But hey, Target has cute $10 sweatshirts for kids right now so I guess its fine I have to buy everyone new outerwear! #positivethinking
Now you have your list written. You went through your holiday decorations, sports equipment, that random doctor print out from your kids appointment, and all the DVDs you don’t use anymore. (Hello Netflix!) You have a pile of things to get rid of and things you’re not currently using packed up & ready to move. You’re doing great!
What do you do with all the “giveaway” stuff?
- Create an online “yardsale” group on your facebook. Make it public and make sure to post it on all the marketplace sale sites to get more views! You can take photos, list them all for what your asking & people can look at everything you have for sale in one place.
- Have an actual yardsale.. if you still have some things left over and want to try seeing if anyone will stop by to pick through. Do it!
- Take them to a local thrift shop that will give you a percentage of what your belongings sell for! There are quite a few in my area for kids stuff and home decor.
- Have a “shop your closet” get together with some friends! Make some yummy food and ask them to bring something to share. They can bring things they want to get rid of and you all can (“shop”) trade goodies! And have a good time with your buddies!
- You’ve tried to sell you’re things and there’s still some things left over. They are still in good condition but not your style anymore. Now what? Donation. There’s obviously Goodwill and Community Aide BUT there’s also women’s shelters or other organizations for women escaping abusive relationships. Many times they must rebuild their lives completely, even leaving most of their clothes and children’s toys behind. Sometimes these organizations will even accept furniture and home decor.. This is a design blog, so homemaking is near and dear to my heart. Could you imagine how it would feel to have to leave all of your belongings? Everything that feels like “home” to you behind? And to maybe not be able to make a space cozy for your kiddos and you right away? I think for me that would crush my spirit so, knowing I could give some gently used blankets, toys, clothes, extra kitchen utensils that have been collecting dust, and other home goodies to another woman taking steps to make her life safer or more stable for herself and kiddos, makes me feel really good (& makes me cry a little bit because I’m too empathetic for my own good.)
There it is! My first tips on moving. Prepare: Write a list, clean your work space. Start: de-clutter, making a giveaway pile, throwing trash away, and packing what you are not currently using. Finish: Try to sell your things on your own Facebook group page, try a real yard sale, take it to a thrift shop, have a shop my closet party, and lastly look into donating your things to a women’s shelter or an organization that helps women rebuild their lives. You just might make someone’s day. I hope this post gives you a place to start and don’t forget to check out my “Decluttering Checklist” if you too, need something to physically cross off. 😉 I’m so excited for where you’re heading next!! Keep a look out for more moving posts in the next few weeks.
Until next time,