Are you moving out? There’s one golden rule you need to follow: the fewer boxes you need to haul around, the better.
Of course, we aren’t suggesting that you get rid of your essential belongings. We’re talking solely about junk.
When you start packing, don’t throw everything you own into boxes. Take a pause to ask whether those belongings are still useful to you. Do you really want to take your collection of marbles from the fifth grade? Or that cable knit sweater with a hole in it that you haven’t worn in 5 years?
We’re going to help you declutter junk before your next move. Pull out all of your clutter, and let’s get started:
Get Rid Of Old Clothes
When you watch old movies, you get to remember all the styles and trends that were popular 10, 20, or 30 years ago. It’s fun to reminisce, but you know that you’ll never wear those platform shoes or bell-bottom jeans ever again.
Start by pulling out all of your dresser drawers or removing all your clothes from their hangers. As you inspect each article of clothing, ask yourself the same question: When is the last time I wore this?
Follow that by asking: Do I ever see myself wearing this again?
Based on those answers, you can effectively get rid of any clothes you don’t wear. Then, donate them to a shelter or thrift store nearest you.
Gather Unused Appliances & Electronics
Old TVs, computers, and phones take up a lot of space. But you might be unsure of what to do with them now that you’ve updated to the latest model. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever need to use that old tube TV again.
Examples of e-waste include audio equipment, monitors, and printers. Since electronics like these may contain lead, mercury, and/or cadmium, you cannot dispose of them at a regular dumpster. Instead, take it to a 4R Winnipeg Depot for safe disposal.
Throw Out Expired Items
Next, we suggest going through your pantry and checking the expiration dates on those dusty cans and boxes. There’s no sense in packing food that you won’t eat.
You should also make a trip to your bathroom cabinet. Things like perfumes, colognes, and cosmetic products have expiry dates, too. Using expired fragrance products may cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction.
Sort Through Mementos
This is the section that you might have been putting off. Even though you’ve never used that oil diffuser from your aunt, you still feel a little bad about getting rid of it. But it’s all part of the process.
You can donate unused gifts or sell them on an online marketplace.
Some mementos are harder to let go of. Gifts from a past relationship, or reminders of difficult events in your life, might be healthy to part with.
Save space, instead, for the mementos that bring you joy. Family photo albums, crafts from your childhood, and trinkets from travel experiences will all be welcome additions to your new home.