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Downsizing Your Home before a Move

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When you are prepping for a move, you will have a lot going on, and lots on your mind. Are you sure that this is the right time to start thinking about what you are going to do with years of hoarded materials that may or may not be valid any longer? Moving is not a lot of fun, but it does come with some advantages – you can take the time to clean out your home before the movers show up to clear out your house.

When you are working with MoversUnion.com, you already have the best possible network for finding an excellent mover or moving truck company, so you are already further down the list than many people are! Check out these quick-hit steps that will help you get ready for the big day.

  1. Remove the Clutter

There are going to be things that you always, always wanted to do – only to do them and find out that they are not quite as cool in real life as they are in the movies. Enter mounds and mounds of electronic resources that we might be able to recycle one day or turn into a new, paid iPhone XXX31 when it comes out in 15 years.

  1. Get Rid of Extra Spaces

Once you have cleared a room for the movers, keep it cleared! You don’t want to deal with answering questions more than once, and having a room that is only halfway clean feels like an exercise in futility that you cannot get out of. Instead, invest in some plastic bags, and get really strict about what you are going to keep, and what you are going to toss.

  1. Is It Old-Fashioned / Out of Date?

There are things that you will have an emotional attachment to, and you will keep them “just because” and that’s normal. What is not normal is when you feel that way about nearly everything that you own, and are finding it extremely difficult to purge some items (letters from a high school flame that you did NOT marry) or years of letters from your Mom while you were away at camp for the summer. If an item is out of date significantly, and you don’t believe you will ever use it again, make this an opportunity to pitch out some of these space-fillers.

  1. Will It Fit?

Believe it or not, this is a valid question that needs to be asked. What if you are moving from a larger home to a smaller one, or even a larger home to one with a completely different layout. In times like this, we again tend to hang onto things that feel very emotional every time they are blue or scared. Checking your new home to assure that your furniture will fit in the room for which you have it assigned is a critical (almost) first step to getting through a move cleanly.

  1. Make a “Donate” pile

It may feel painful to donate items that are nearly brand-new to a charity such as Goodwill or a local orphanage, depending on where you live and the opportunities for giving. Goodwill will take nearly anything – and if they cannot use it, they will work it out, figure it out and give you that price.

Downsizing can be a very complicated task, with emotion rearing its head as we attempt to imagine life without all of our “things”.

Moving when you are working with MoversUnion.com can be a pleasant experience, although there are still dozens of questions to work out before you take the first step towards tossing out clothing, accessories, and other items that you have not used in years.

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