5 Tips for Saying Goodbye to Your Old Things While Packing for the Move to Your New Home

By Adam P. Newton, June 4, 2014, Moving

5 Tips for Saying Goodbye to Your Old Things while Packing for the Move to Your New Home

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For some people, getting rid of excess junk is one of the best things about moving into a new home. Others, however, might shudder at the mere thought of loading a dumpster. If you’re a pack rat, a sentimentalist or moving into a smaller place, you may have some tough decisions to face when determining what comes with you to your new home. The tips below can help make those decisions easier.

  1. Let technology be your friend. One of the great benefits of technology is its ability to efficiently store data. This can be invaluable when you move. Before you bring everything to your new home, look for ways technology can make your move easier. Instead of carrying box after box of heavy books up the stairs, look into a portable e-reading device. You can save digital files of your personal records instead of retaining paper statements. Modern iPods replace the need for CD collections, and you can save your favorite photos and images on a hard drive if you want to cut back on photo albums.
  2. 5 Tips for Saying Goodbye to Your Old Things while Packing for the Move to Your New HomeFind it a better home. Throwing away possessions with sentimental value can be hard to do, even if you don’t use them anymore. But what about donating them? As you pack your boxes, look at the items you are packing and ask yourself when was the last time you used them? Will you use them in your new home? If the answer is no, consider donating. The local youth center may appreciate your pool table, and the local high school might love your weight bench. Donating books you’ve already read to the local library is also a great idea.
  1. Host a sale. The traditional garage sale still has its place to help you make a little extra cash for the items you no longer use. Some items may be hard to part with, but planning a reward for the money you’ll earn will make the process easier. You can also consider donating the items to a church garage sale if this appeals to you. If setting up tables in your driveway doesn’t interest you, Facebook, eBay, Craigslist, and other online sites can help you sell your items.
  2. Take pictures. Sometimes items are kept in the home long past their prime because the sight of them triggers a memory. You can preserve this memory and save space by simply taking a picture of the item. This way you’ll be able to look at it whenever you want while enjoying the extra space.
  3. Revisit the process when you arrive at your new home. Moving can be a difficult time for some people. You are probably leaving behind many fond memories in your old home, so don’t be surprised if you’re more apt to hang onto those extra possessions. When you arrive at your new home, though, revisit those boxes full of items you just couldn’t get rid of. You may realize they no longer have a place in your new life and that it’s finally time for them to go.

Hopefully, if you’re looking for ways to reduce the clutter in your new home, you can follow these 5 simple tips to get rid of the things you don’t need from your old home.

 

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Born and raised in Southeast Texas, Adam P. Newton never acquired the charming accent that most life-long Texans possess in spades, but he’s OK with that. Adam currently creates and curates online content for Direct Energy. Before his career in content marketing, Adam spent several years toiling as a music journalist.

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