So, moving day is finally here. On one hand, you’re excited over the thought of beginning a new adventure. On the other hand, you know very well that things are going to be extremely stressful unless everything you’ve planned (and unplanned) run smoothly like a sweeping hand of a well made Swiss-made watch.
Stressful moving day?
What could be one of the worst scenarios that could happen? You’ve already commenced your first steps of moving your house by start packing. If you haven’t already, you’ll be going through the countless number of wardrobes, drawers, dusty old boxes you thought you left behind and more. However, it soon dawns on you that you do not have enough boxes and there isn’t enough time in a day for you to move all your items. What would you do now? Call in sick tomorrow for work and call in your removalists again the next day? Do you quickly run down to the supply store and spend a couple of hundred dollars of boxes? However you look at it, you’re going to be stressed emotionally, physically and financially.
Being a minimalist makes your moving day easy
Had you taken a minimalist approach, you could easily save yourself from being in such predicament, making your packing and moving experience panic-free and even presenting the possibility of saving many on packaging materials. Perhaps following these simple tips, you may even de-clutter your life and be able to focus on more meaningful and valuable activities in life.
Some easy to follow moving tips
This are some of the easy to follow moving tips which will streamline the whole moving experience:
Step 1: Divide and conquer
This step is all about splitting all your belonging into three groups; Nonessential, Clothes and footwear, and Essential and Sentimental groups
This group largely consists of infrequently used items among seasonal items that are no essential to your daily lives. Some examples are books, collectables, seasonal, décor, outdoor furniture, hobby supplies, tools, toys, games, and other seasonal items
- Clothes and footwear
This group is quite self-explanatory
- Essential and sentimental
This group consist of items and perishables which you require on a daily basis, or has a sentimental value to you and your family.
Step 2: Evaluation – Use it or lose it!
For each of the items, you need to ask a set of questions to determine whether you should be packing the item with you to take to your new home, or saying goodbye.
- When was the last time I used/wore this item?
- How often do I use/wear the item?
- When will I use/wear the item next?
If your answer was “greater than 6 months,” it would be best for you to part ways with the items. (Unsure what to do with your unwanted or barely used items? Perhaps this guide will help you, it may potentially pay for your move – What to do with your unwanted items) Of course, this rule should not apply to seasonal and sentimental items, such as Christmas decorations, winter clothes and your family heirloom. On the flip side of things, if you’ve answered “less than 6 months,” then you should pack, and take it with you.
For most people, this will be the most difficult step. It’s so easy to develop a sentimental connection with items and clothing or fall into the old “what if I need it again in the future” trap. Perhaps you feel bad to throw an item because it was a gift (don’t worry you can always find ways to make unwanted items turn into cash and pay for your next move, or pass it onto others in a meaningful way).
Benefits of applying a minimalist approach
Once get past the old “what if I need it again” trap, you can fully realize the benefits of applying a minimalist approach. It may help you leave a clutter-free life, giving you more time and the space to enjoy things which makes you truly happy. Getting rid of items doesn’t mean you’re losing them, you can turn them into cash to offset the cost of living or even your next holiday. By reducing items to pack you will significantly reduce the number of boxes, meaning that you will save on packaging materials and also the removalist bill. Once you’ve identified and separated the items which you want to take with you, you may start packing them into boxes.