If your home is like many, it might be more than a little bit cluttered. This can make moving a whole lot more difficult, so it's smart to focus on de-cluttering first before you start packing things into boxes. Otherwise, the actual process of packing up and moving your belongings can become a lot more time-consuming and overwhelming. Luckily, following these three tips can make it easier for you to get rid of clutter in your home before you start packing your boxes.
1. Get Rid of the Garbage First
Before you start worrying about packing things up into boxes or sorting things out, you'll need to get rid of garbage first. Paper clutter and trash should be disposed of in a large garbage bag. Consider grabbing a large, black lawn and leaf bag -- it'll be stronger and bigger, which will make it easier for you to get rid of more "stuff," and you won't have to worry about your family members being able to see through it and potentially make a fuss about what is being thrown away. Work quickly, and don't give yourself too much time to think about each item; otherwise, you might keep things that you shouldn't. If it looks and feels like trash when you first pick it up, it should generally be tossed. Taking this step alone can help you get rid of a lot of clutter in the home and can make it that much easier for you to sort and pack up your belongings.
2. Look for Ways to Make Cash
Getting rid of stuff can be painful, but it can be made a whole lot easier and more pleasant if you're getting cash for it. Plus, you might be able to use some extra cash right now, while you're dealing with extra moving expenses. Consider posting advertisements for unwanted items on online classified lists, or take the time to schedule a yard sale. Once you see the cash rolling in for your unwanted and unused stuff, you're sure to not regret getting rid of it.
3. Handle the Sentimental Stuff Later
It can be easy to get caught up looking at old photographs and other sentimental items. Then you might find yourself doing nothing but going down memory lane rather than cleaning and organizing. When you're in de-cluttering mode, keep sentimental items aside so that you can go through them later. Then, you won't get stuck looking through things, and you also won't risk throwing away something that you don't mean to toss while you're going on your de-cluttering spree.
It's best to tackle the clutter in the house before you start packing and moving. Luckily, following these steps will help make the process a whole lot easier.
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