Moving to a new home can be both exciting and challenging at once. Most people are surprised by the amount of stuff that they’ve managed to accumulate throughout the years, particularly once they begin cleaning out basements, attics, cabinets, closets and pantries. Before you start feeling exhausted and overwhelmed, however, you can take advantage of the following tips for getting a truly fresh start in your new home.
Implement The Two-Year Rule
Apart from old, family photographs and other items of sentimental value, most things that you haven’t taken out and appreciated or actually used in two years, probably won’t get used at all. As such, there is no feasible or good reason for you to hold onto them. These things are taking up space in your current residence and they won’t provide any additional benefits in your new home. These can include:
– Old board games that the family has outgrown
– Clothes that no longer fit
– Clothes or furnishings that need serious repairs
– Print publications like dated journals and newspapers that you have no intention of re-reading
Tossing these things out will make you feel lighter and a lot less stressed out. Not only will this limit the amount of clutter in your life, but it will also lessen the size of the load that you have to haul when transporting your belongings. This can also lead to a significant reduction in your overall moving costs, particularly if you happen to be using professional removalists.
There’s a lot of tangible stuff that people are hauling around and storing, despite the fact that there is absolutely no value in having them. For instance, you might have a smart TV and streaming services but continue to hold onto your massive DVD collection. With an expansive and ever-accessible, digital library of movies, these films are taking up unnecessary space. Think about selling them, culling your collection down to just a few, favorite or limited-release films or simply giving them away. You can also start scanning in old photos, important documents and other things that won’t lose intrinsic or sentimental value as the result of being converted.
Inspect Your Furnishings
Transporting furnishing from one home to another is a very costly endeavor, particularly for those who are moving long-distance. Sadly, however, these efforts are rarely worthwhile. In the hands of even the most talented and experienced removalists, dated items that were on the verge of falling apart at the start of a move will be notably less appealing and less functional after. It is usually cheaper and better to simply replace these things rather than haul them along. This is true of items that have wobbly legs, missing hardware, broken shelves, and drawers or an overall threadbare look.
While you might part with a number of things at the start of your move, this will give you both the space and the motivation for creating an entirely new environment in your new home. This is the ideal way to get an absolutely fresh start. You can use furniture rental services, local consignment shops and many other platforms and suppliers to build your living environment at a pace that feels right for you.