Get Rid of Your Clutter: Downsizing for Your Move

Get Rid of Your Clutter: Downsizing for Your Move

Moving takes a ton of time and effort. Packing everything up, loading it on a truck, unloading it all, then unpacking it. It’s quite a challenge.

Sometimes you unpack everything only to realize there’s not enough room for it in your new space. It can be a daunting and overwhelming feeling.

That’s why downsizing your belongings prior to a move can save you from a ton of stress. And it can lower your moving expenses, too.

We compiled some tips to help you downsize before your next move.

Downsizing: Storage and Utility Areas

Storage areas such as basements, garages, and sheds are where you’ll find most unnecessary items. It’s easiest to leave behind the belongings you don’t use often. These areas usually take the most time as well so it’s a good place to start.

Most people will pull out things they had no idea they still had. Sometimes you’ll rediscover something great but mostly, they’re filled with junk.

You might get lucky and find your favorite sweatshirt you totally forgot about. But usually, it’s old shoes and half-broken appliances you can toss.

This is where you’ll probably find the most clutter you can get rid of. But now that you’ve gotten that out of the way, it’s time to move onto the kitchen or your closet.

Sort Your Undesired Materials

Now that you’ve got your unwanted belongings, it’s time to decide what to do with it all. Unless you want it all to wind up back in a closet at your new place.

Categorize everything into a donate, sell, or throw out/recycle.


If you have unwanted items that are still in good shape, donating is one of the best things you can do. Find local charities or shelters that will accept donated materials. Some may even offer a pick up option.


This may also be an opportunity to earn some cash. If you have time to hold a yard sale, that’s a good way to get rid of items as well. Websites like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist are good as well.

Throw Out/Recycle

Things like batteries, computers, and mattresses are commonly recycled is their still usable. Some items are in too poor condition to give to someone else. These, for the most part, can be thrown away or recycled.

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

Downsizing, and moving in general, can be a stressful process. It’s difficult for many people to get rid of things that may hold some sentimental value. It’s perfectly normal to feel reservations about getting rid of your belongings.

Whenever you decide to move, it’s best to start the downsizing process early. That way you won’t feel rushed and end up taking unnecessary items with you.

Bringing the clutter with you may actually lead to more stress and guilt. Sit down and take the time to declutter your home before you go.

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