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The Art of Minimalist Moving

Moving to a new home is something that is pretty stressful for nearly everyone. However, there are some ways to make the process a little less anxiety-inducing, at least for those who are open to a minimalist moving plan. That means getting rid of many of the things in your current home in order to make the moving process quick and seamless.

Paring Down Furniture

As with all your items, you’ll want to consider what you plan to keep and what you plan to sell. You want to start selling those big-ticket items as early as you can to get the best prices. You can try selling to friends and neighbours, post on local directories, or even have a yard sale.

You can also donate if you prefer. Get in touch with potential organizations and they will often pick up whatever you want to offer. Make sure you get a receipt, as it can make a difference when it comes to taxes.

If there is no time left, offer up items for free. Try a group like Freecycle in your neighbourhood. Set a time limit and let someone come pick it up first come first serve. Usually, someone will be happy to have your used furniture or other items.

Planning For Packing

Boxes can be had from many different places, whether friends or retails stores. You can also sometimes find great deals for them online at various stores like Amazon or moving supply companies. When it comes to tape, though, make sure to buy quality so your boxes won’t pop open and cause you stress. Getting bubble wrap for fragile items is also a great idea.

Think About Cooking

If you already cook bulk meals, this next tip will be a breeze. However, even if you don’t, it’s worth some consideration. You can cook meals for a week or two before the move and freeze them up. This lets you pack up kitchen items earlier than usual. You’ll just have the containers from the pre-made meals to deal with at the last moment.

Update Mail and Addresses

It’s a great idea to update your address with the post office as early as possible. You can leave a certain date with them that you’ll be moving to make things seamless. For important places that will require a new address, do that at the same time. It can be a good idea to have a list of these places so it’s easy to change them all at once the next time you move.

Back Up Electronic Items

It can be a good idea to back up important documents before a move, especially if it is a long move. You can do this via a spare hard drive or simply upload important things to the cloud.

If you are moving far away, considering what you might want on your device for the trip. This can include podcasts, music, eBooks, or audiobooks. Being in a new home you may not have immediate access to Internet, so relying on the cloud can be tricky. Download some things so you will be entertained when you most need it.

Pack with a Focus

Moving is the perfect time to get rid of things. We all have tons of stuff and much of it is comprised of things we rarely use. While packing considers this little moving checklist :

  • When did you last use this item?
  • Does it still work or fit?
  • Are you keeping it only because you might need it one day?
  • Do you need it?
  • Could someone else better use it?
  • Are you keeping it for sentimental reasons?

 

Trash things that need trashed and donate things that you don’t need. Of course, some things will be hard to come to a conclusion about and that’s okay too. Even minimizing to some extent is better than not at all. It all makes moving day a bit less stressful in the end.

Sources:
http://www.theminimalistmom.com/2012/05/movingstress/
http://www.missminimalist.com/2015/06/the-minimalist-guide-to-a-long-distance-move/
https://www.compulsivelyquirky.com/blog/2015/5/5/a-minimalists-guide-to-moving

 

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