So you’re getting ready to move and start to panic. You’re a disorganized person with a disorganized home. How in the world are you ever going to get everything clean and packed up in time with your place in such a messy state?
Stay calm and continue reading! We’ve put together a step by step list for getting rid of junk and to help you sort your possessions to make everything easy to pack. Once you get started, you’ll realize the packing process wasn’t anything you had to stress over.
First things first: Pick a room. Any room. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the messiest room or the cleanest room.
Next, set a timer. Set a timer for 30 minutes. That way, you won’t get burnt out and resist when it comes to cleaning the next room. Doing a four or five hour cleaning and packing spree might sound like a great idea. After all, you can get everything organized and packed up in one fell swoop. But don’t forget, it’s much easier to motivate yourself when you know there’s a stopping point coming up soon. Do you really want to spend your whole afternoon cleaning? If you were the type of person who would, your home wouldn’t be in the state it’s in! Remember, it’s much easier to convince yourself to get to work when it’s only in shorter, 30 minute increments.
Now it’s time to do some sorting. Take everything that doesn’t belong in that room and drop it off where it does. See? That’s half the work done already!
After that, get rid of all the rubbish. If you have papers and random junk sitting around gathering dust, chuck it in the garbage bin. If you haven’t used it in the last few months or if it’s an item no one else would want, toss it.
Set aside items you don’t want to bring with you to your new place, but don’t want to throw out. Those items will get donated or given away. You could even organize a yard sale if you like to make a few extra dollars.
Then start packing up all the items you want to keep, but know you won’t be using before the move. Keep similar items together in the same box. The heavier the object, the smaller the box. Heavy objects like books should go in small boxes. Light objects like blankets and comforters can go in larger boxes.
Don’t forget to label all your boxes with the contents. You can be as vague or a specific as you want, whether you just put the room it belongs in, or you’ve made an itemized list of everything inside. Use whichever system will work better for you when the time comes to unpack. One way isn’t any better than the other.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re able to get through all these steps in half an hour or you need to work at it over the course of a couple of days. Once you get started, each step becomes easier.
Don’t forget to get the rest of the family involved! Younger children can be tasked with throwing out garbage – after all, it doesn’t matter whether they drop it and break something. Older children can be trusted to pack up items to be given away. It shouldn’t matter whether the items are packed carefully with bubble wrap or packing paper – those boxes don’t need to survive a moving truck.
If you go room by room and follow these steps, you’ll find that organizing and packing isn’t so daunting after all. Good luck!
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