De-cluttering can be cathartic, and relieves stress. Whether you are putting your home on the market, and need to de-clutter, or simply want to live a more minimalistic lifestyle, here is a daily mantra for you:
ONE-A-DAY: PACK-IT-AWAY, GIVE-IT-AWAY, THROW-IT-AWAY, or SELL IT
o This could be one item, one drawer, one closet, or one room a day.
o If you’ve lived in your home for 10+ years, there will be a lot in that closet. Give yourself time.
· PACK -IT-AWAY:
o Pack items now, that you won’t be needing in the near future: seasonal items, memorabilia, photos, etc.
o Mark the boxes on all sides. Describe what is in the box, or indicate what room it is from. Use “FRAGILE” as needed. Avoid words like “VALUABLE” or “JEWELRY”.
o Friends and family may want things that you no longer want. Ask them!
o Some charities will pick the items up. Call them!
o Curbside pick-up: In some neighborhoods, you can put your items out on the curb with a note “FREE”. Check with your HOA!
o Throwing things away overtime allows you to utilize your everyday trash bins, rather than have them overflow on moving day, creating the need to pay for trash pickup.
o Check your trash service to see if they have a bulk trash pickup scheduled.
o If you have a lot to throw away, there are services that will come to pick it up. Call me. I have a wonderful referral that is fast, reliable and very affordable!
· SELL IT:
o Post items on Offer Up, NextDoor, and Facebook, etc.
o Take items to your local consignment store. Give them a call first, to see which items they are currently taking. Sometimes they will ask you to send photos. This will save you a lot of effort, if it is something they won’t take.
Remember, if you have sold your home, and are moving out, you are contractually obligated to remove all personal items and debris. The home should be clean. The term often used it “broom swept”. De-cluttering now will ultimately make your move easier, and less stressful.
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