Whether you’re hiring a professional mover or making the move yourself, packing lighter will make your move 10,000 times easier. But how do you actually go about “packing lighter”?
Minimalism is the idea that you can live better with less things. While most of us imagine a room without color or personality, you can have a home packed with personality and not be hoarding boxes and boxes of things you never use and only sort of enjoy having in your home. So without any further delay, here’s the top three secrets for how to move like a minimalist and pack not only lighter, but also a little smarter. Ready? Let’s go!
Make a Game Plan
Being a minimalist is all about taking inventory and figuring out what you know you’ll use, what you love and what you don’t need or love. Moving is a perfect opportunity to go room by room and get rid of what you don’t need, don’t want and don’t love. Make a list as you pack and take inventory. Later, as you’re unpacking, you’ll have a clear idea of what you have, where it goes and what else you might be able to weed out. You’ll want to start this process at least six weeks before your move and move towards more “can’t live without” items as you get closer to your move. If you can’t go by room, move by item. Start with out of season clothes or books instead of the office, for example.
Don’t Need It? Toss it.
One of the worst things you can do when it comes to decluttering is holding onto things just because you feel like you should, it was a gift from a friend or because you’ve had it for a long time. When you’re sorting through difficult things like this, just remember: it doesn’t matter how long you’ve had something or who gave it to you. What does matter is if it holds legitimate value and is useful. When it comes to being the minimalist mover, this is a step you just can’t skip. If you don’t love it, toss it.
Set Attainable Goals
If you thought about it long enough, you could probably think of a “use” for everything in your house; even the things you don’t love and never use. In order to keep yourself from holding onto things you don’t need, set attainable goals and follow through. Have a friend help you out and support you in the process. Bounce ideas off of each other. Maybe make a goal to get rid of ⅓ of your clothing, or fill three trash bags and three donation bins. Your reward? Less things to move and worry about later!
Being a minimalist mover can be both stressful and exciting. But in the end, the rewards are endless. You’ll be happier, feel lighter and you’ll know without one shout of a doubt that everything in your home is loved and serves a real purpose. Moving like a minimalist can reduce stress and mean less to pack if you ever move again. Oh, and cleaning will be 10,000 times easier, we guarantee it!