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clock September 24, 2012 20:31 by author Janet Corniel


Downsizing in preparation for a move is essential. Downsizing will make all the difference in a successful move.  It will help with cost, preparing for your new place and the size and scope of your relocation.  Moving offers an excellent opportunity to weed through all of your things and prioritize what you need and what you don’t.  You definitely want to take these steps as soon as you find out you are moving.  Before you have estimates, you want to go from room to room and decide what you will be taking with you, what you will be giving away and what you will sell or store.  This is important because it will help you prepare and tackle the tasks incrementally.  Once you have identified your items, then take steps to act upon your plans.  This way you are not paying to move items you never intended on bringing with you in the first place.  It will save you money and it may even offer you an opportunity to make a little cash to finance your impending move.

You may discover lots of little treasures you have forgotten you had.  This will allow you to store these sentimental things carefully and revisiting your insurance coverage to see if you have them adequately covered.  When cleaning out closets, a good rule of thumb is to identify things that don’t fit, are out of style or you have not used in at least two seasons.  This will make it easier for you to get rid of the clothes and shoes you no longer use or need. If it has been three years and you still are not in your skinny jeans, just get rid of it.  If you have trouble getting rid of things, have a friend or family member help you.  Sometimes having that neutral party can help you part with the things you really don’t need.   


Getting Rid of the Clutter

clock December 5, 2011 18:19 by author Janet Corniel


As you are preparing for your move, getting rid of the clutter will not only save you time but also money.  Weeding through your things and eliminating clutter before your move will save you time by avoiding packing things you do not need and save you money by not having to pay to transport them.

Getting rid of the clutter is especially helpful this time of year.  Donating your extra items will qualify you for tax deductions next year.  It will also help you help others by providing things they may need during the holiday season.  If you have non-perishable food that you do not want or can move with you, consider donating it to your local food bank or contacting a great organization called Move for Hunger.  They will work with local movers in your area to collect your non-perishable food while they pack.  They will then deliver your food to your local food bank.  It is a great time to give back to the community before you leave.

Making the extra time to go through your things will be worth it in the long run.  Furthermore, the extra time constraint may get you to part with things faster.