How Do You Declutter Before Moving State to State?

Preparation and organization are essential when decluttering, but even more so during a move. Here’s a look at how you can make decluttering less hectic during your move.
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How Do You Declutter Before Moving State to State
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Interstate moves take a lot of preparation – but it’s essential when you’re getting ready for a cross-country move. The first steps to decluttering before a state-to-state move are to prepare ahead of time and put together a to-do list.

But, how do you get started preparing? And what sorts of things would go on a to-do list? Here are some tips that you can utilize in order to get the decluttering process going.

Start Early

The best piece of advice we can provide for moving is to make sure that you get everything going as soon as you can. If you have a date in place, you want to start getting boxes and packing everything that you can.

Even if there’s only a possibility that you’ll be moving to a new home, take advantage of that possibility and use the time to actually start separating stuff so that you can declutter. Even if you don’t move, you’ll feel a lot better after getting rid of the things you don’t need.

Set Aside What You Need to Keep

There are some things you absolutely must keep; for example, identifying information and documentation. One-of-a-kind items that you know can’t be replaced. Those sorts of things are a “must” and should go into their own pile, room, or box (depending on how you sort things).

Be really critical about this if you can. You want to be certain that you are only putting items that you absolutely must keep, as opposed to what you think you must keep. The more critical you are about this, the easier it will be to do the rest.

Leave Mementos for Last

Mementos can be a really big issue for people who are trying to sort out what it is that they need and what it is that they want to keep. Because of that, it’s often a good idea to leave them as the last thing that you sort through.

If you come across something you consider a memento, you’ll want to put those into their own space so that you can sort them out later. That way, you can be sure that you’re looking at it with a critical eye and being reasonable about what you want to keep and what you don’t.

Be Practical About the Process

Practicality is often the hardest part of this process. Because of that, you need to be cognizant of what it is that you’re doing. There are some things that you’re going to want to hold onto, and other things that will be easy to let go of. Know that and try to use some logic in the process.

If you need help being logical, bring in someone neutral to help you with sorting. They can help you to figure things out and give you someone to bounce your thoughts off of if you’re having a hard time deciding on what is best for a particular item or product.

Don’t Shop Before Moving Day If You Don’t Have To

You want to eat as many of your groceries and shelf staples as you can before moving day. You won’t have to worry about transporting much food if you do it this way, which can save you a lot of time and stress.

You also don’t want to shop for anything other than moving supplies if you don’t need to. That way, you don’t just end up with extra stuff that you would need to try and find space for when packing. 

Set a Date for a Moving Sale

So, you’ve sorted out things and you’ve reduced your clutter, and you now have piles for stuff you’re getting rid of, stuff you’re donating or giving away, and/or stuff you want to sell. So, it’s time to set a date for that moving sale!

Try to get your moving sale as close to moving day as you can without stressing yourself out. Many people will just do it the weekend before they move; this allows you time to deal with donations (which we’ll talk about next) and nets you some cash to use on moving day.

Schedule a Donation Pickup

The very last thing that you need to do is to schedule a donation pickup. Work with a local thrift shop to determine if they have a service where they send a van or truck to pick up donations. If they don’t, get a friend or family member to help you.

This should be after your moving sale, so anything that didn’t get sold can just be donated instead of coming with you to your new home. There may be some things that you decide to go ahead and keep, but most of the time, you’re going to want to send it all off.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should everything get loaded on the moving truck?

It’s typically not a good idea to do so. While you want to load as much as you can on there, there are some things that you want to be sure to take with you. Get rid of any gasoline or oil from lawn mowers and other items. Anything private, including paperwork and identifying information (social security cards, etc.) should come with you as well.

What do I do if I need to move quickly?

Decluttering should be the last thing on your list if you’re trying to get through a move as quickly as you can. Your best option is to go ahead and throw everything into boxes. Then, when you get to your new home and start unpacking everything, you can determine what needs to be thrown away, sold, or donated using the tips from this article.

How long should I give myself to pack?

The sooner, the better is always a good rule when you’re packing. As soon as you know that you’re moving, you want to get things going. This will give you more time to pack boxes and to make sure that you can declutter effectively. If you can, give yourself at least a month, because that’s plenty of time for you to work with.

Declutter Your Way to Moving Day

The more that you declutter before the move, the less stressed you will be about the move. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to get rid of items and to make sure that you aren’t taking anything with you that you don’t actually need. Get the ball rolling now and declutter your way to your moving day.

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