It’s time to move home and to pack and prepare all of your possessions and furniture! Well, maybe you shouldn’t pack absolutely everything you own, especially if you are looking for an easy way to reduce your relocation costs or if you are planning to move to a different town or even to a different country. Leaving some of the items you own behind when moving house, may sound like a crazy idea to you but it will make your relocation easier, smoother and faster.
The plants in your garden
One of the most painful aspects of moving into a new home is that you have to leave behind the garden in your old property. Some people find this stage so hard that they even try to move the flowers and trees that they have planted in it. While that is not impossible, letting go is sometimes the best solution. Garden plants do not like to be moved and they may easily get damaged during the relocation process. Therefore, stick only to your potted plants and hope that the home’s next owner will take a good care of your garden.
Go through all of your belongings and get rid of the items that are too old or too worn-off. One place from where you can start the decluttering process is your wardrobe. If you don’t have the habit to declutter your home every couple of years, chances are you will find plenty of old-fashioned clothes that look like they have travelled through time. Also, see if there are any old and bulky items you can leave behind when you move home like:
- Electronic equipment
- Home appliances
Items you have not used in a long time
When you begin to prepare your possessions for the big move, you will probably come across some stuff that you don’t even remember buying. Get rid of them! There is little point in keeping things you never got around using or that you have not used in a very long time. Sell them, donate them or give them to your friends.
Glass kittens, mugs with all kinds of funny pictures or writings on them, fridge magnets – there are quite a few knickknacks in every home that no one would ever miss if they don’t make it to the new house. Maybe you have bought them on the spur of the moment while you were on a vacation or maybe they were given to you as a gift from a friend who has run out of original present ideas? It doesn’t matter how you got them – if you these items have been doing nothing but collecting dust in your home, they don’t need to take extra space in the moving van.
What you shouldn’t leave behind
Just don’t get too carried away with the decluttering. There are a few things you must never leave behind when you relocate. Those include important documents, bills, receipts, medicine, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Oh, and you may consider taking a roll of toilet paper. It will come in handy on your first day in your new house.