Moving Smart

If you are moving into your own place or to a new and bigger place learn how to organize all your stuff from the start. If you stay organized from the start your new home will be the envy of other people.

Here are a few tips to help you make smart moves

Whittle Things Down

Make choices before you move out of your old home. From all the things you have, select what you want to come with you to your new place. Do not move in with clutter as from the start. As the first step to winning the battle against clutter is to control what comes into your home.

Empty everything out of the space you are tackling and sort the items out-grouping like items together. Once you see how much of each type of thing that you have, it will be easier to get rid of or give away duplicates of items.

So if it is books, make a selection of what from your books (school or work books esp.) you will take with you. Keep the ones you will still read, still reference, or have a particular love of. The rest can be given away. Or sold.

Do the very same thing with clothes. Check which of the clothes and shoes that you have accumulated over time are things you are still wearing or will actually wear in the near future. Then, only pack those and give aaway or sell the rest. 

If you go into the new place with only the necessary and get rid of junk before moving, you have a great chance of having a more organzed new place.

Not Everything Needs to Be Seen

Being surrounded by a lot of stuff can wear you down, physically and emotionally. Your home should be enjoyed, restful and be a reflection you. And in as much as you would like people and you to see what you are and own, you really only need to display a few things. Things that you like and things that have a special memory attached to them.

Don’t try to display every picture you have, every art piece, knick-knack, plate, bowl or vase. Make a slection of what items you abosolutely want to have out on display or will definetly use. Then pack the rest away in boxes or in a closet designated for future use.

Only keep things that you like and how urgently they’re likely to be needed or used regularly in sight or close by. 

Find Easy Storage Solutions

You may not have enough wall or floor space but you can easily get things organised by putting them in crates or storage bins or baskets can be placed on the floor next to settees. Big decorative bowls or bread baskets do well on table tops. And can be used to neatly keep chargers, remotes, and earphones.

In the bedroom, shoes often cause a dilemma. Try placing shoes and sandals on the bottom two shelves of a bookshelf. With the middle holding books you are reading. And the top of the shelf can be used for  all your mobile electronics.

Being organized is about being super creative. Not buying fancy storage space. 

Question yourself

It’s hard to figure out what’s clutter in your own space when you have no idea why it is there. So be more mindful about what you really need and for each item you consider buying and bringing into the house, do ask yourself where is its place in the home? 

Do the same for things that you can get for free. Free writing pads, rims of paper, complimentary branded items from events and things friends offer you for free. Those items overtime, usually end up taking space in drawers and tables around your house. 

Your stuff should support your life goals. So, if you are a writer or an artist then for sure free paper and pencils may work for you. Or you may have children that can use the items for school projects. Other wise, you do not need more than 2 or three of an item. So, if it is not important for your work or leisure get rid of it. 

Keep in mind also that your taste and life situation changes and just because you loved something once doesn’t mean you still have to love it years later. There really is nothing wrong with letting things go that are no longer useful or do not make you happy. 

Enjoy your new space.


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