Decluttering and “tidying” are the buzzwords of the year, with gurus telling us how to create a more peaceful, happier home by minimizing the “stuff” and being sure everything has a place that it belongs within your space.

But how is this relevant when you are getting ready to move? Why should you bother decluttering when you are already stressed with the hassles of address changes, setting up utilities, realtor meetings, and financial paperwork?

Believe it or not, decluttering now can help you feel less stressed in the long run, even if it feels tedious in the moment. Here are 4 ways decluttering before you move should be a priority.

Save Yourself Some Cash

Just packing it all up and dealing with it “later” seems like an easier road, but it can cost you. The fewer items you have to move, the lower the cost of your move will be.

Get rid of unnecessary stuff now so your move will take less time and fewer packing materials – saving you money on your move that you can use for upgrades on your new home.

Make Some Cash

If you have the time, and you have items that might be worth trying to sell, now is a great time to make it happen. Selling your stuff is easy in today’s social media world. Facebook Marketplace, Poshmark, and Craigslist are great outlets to sell just about anything.

Make Your Move Less Stressful

By going through and eliminating all of the stuff you don’t want and ensuring items are in the spaces that make sense to you for packing purposes, you’ll make the back end of your move much smoother.

Nothing is more draining when moving in than finding boxes full of stuff that you should have gotten rid of years ago, and wasting time having to sort through boxes as you unpack and figure out where things really should belong.

Helps Others in Need

As you sort through and find duplicate sets of dishes, extra furniture that doesn’t suit your new home, kids’ items, etc, and you don’t want to spend the time and energy to sell, consider donating them to a charity. Many organizations like AMVETS of Tennessee will even pick up your donations.

There are many different philosophies on how to most effectively declutter. Some advise sorting by category (all of the clothes, all of the books, etc), and some advise tackling one room at a time. Depending on your space and the amount of time you have before your move, both of these methods have their merits.

Choose the method that feels right for your family and make it happen. You’ll be glad you did. And when it comes time to make your move, On The Move offers everything from packing supplies for the DIY movers to full relocation services for both local and long-distance moves. Contact us today for a quote!