by Ayla Urwin-Toll, P. R. Representative
One of the most important steps in the moving process is to begin purging items that have been in your home and of little use or can be easily replaced in your new location. This can be done during the packing process or proceeding it.
Being ruthless in your purging can save you money. You'll need less packing supplies, labor, and space in a truck to get the job done. To do this, ask yourself questions. When was the last time I used this item? Is it still useful? Is it broken? If it has been a long time since you used it or if it is no longer useful you should consider discarding the item.
Everyone has items that they hold sentimental and important to them. To a certain extent, this is okay and understandable. You should avoid letting this get out of hand. For example, having over a dozen boxes each of art that your children made for you is excessive and should be avoided. We would recommend picking your absolute favorites and discarding the excess.
Stockpiling and Throwing a ‘Purge Party’
Some people stockpile items to prevent running out of items like soaps, toilet paper, paper towels, etc. This is a very useful tactic when you are living in a location for a significant amount of time, but can become a problem if you plan on moving. ‘How do I get rid of 15 packs of toilet paper? Or should I pay to have all of it moved?’ becomes your conundrum.
We recommend having what we call a ‘Purge Party.’ This is an event that you set up before your move solely for the purposes of getting rid of your stockpiled items and saying goodbye to your friends in the neighborhood. You can set up a raffle, game, or door prize of your excess items. You can also use the party to get rid of items that you haven’t used in a long time, but are still in working order.
With these tips we hope that you have some ideas in order to get rid of your excess items and have a much smoother move. Thank you for reading and feel free to leave a comment with your tips and tricks for purging your items.
Ayla and Julia with Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
Moving Made Smooth, Inc. employees are content to include your children that offer to carry a few boxes or smaller items to be loaded onto your moving vehicle. However, for safety and time related reasons, we ask that you keep a close eye on your children. It may even be easier on you to have a loved one or a daycare facility watch them for the day.
Most of the information we found on this topic directed us to preparing your children for the stress of moving and suggestions to alleviate it. The most important step is to talk openly and prepare your child/children for all the stages: before, during, and after. The sooner you can talk to them, the better.
Create ways for you kids to gently say goodbye to their old friends/relatives and involve them in their new surroundings. If your new home is very far away from the old one, the internet can be a great tool for your kids to keep in contact. There is great access to free video communication or perhaps the children can play games together online.
For more information and tips, we have gathered some sites with wonderful ideas (click the images below).