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Advice to Begin Packing up your House or Apartment

Tips to begin packing up your house or apartment:

 

When leaving for an extended period of time, you will most likely be packing up and moving out of your house or apartment. Moving out is strenuous enough, but when you have to make arrangements to store all of your stuff, it makes it that much more stressful.

With that being said, the biggest advice I have is start the packing up and moving out early! Give yourself a week or two (or longer), and create a schedule of what you are going to go through each day. If you break it down – it will make your life that much easier when you only have a few things to go through at the end. With that being said, here are some tips that helped us when we moved out:

Clothing:

Go through all your clothes once, and get rid of stuff you know you don’t want or wear, and then for all your “maybe” clothes make a separate pile and come back to it in a few weeks and decide.

Get rid of any piece of clothing that looks worn, has holes, pit stains, or tears in it. Even if you love it – GET RID OF IT! This includes: socks, underwear, bras, tights, jeans, dresses, yoga pants, etc.…

Shoes:

Go through all of your shoes and do the same thing as you did with your clothes – and if they have holes or are past there sole date (meaning if they worn down to the max), get rid of them – they aren’t doing your feet any good.

Foods:

Go through all your food and get rid of anything expired! Let your friends go through all the dry food, or bring it all to the food bank.

Furniture:

Look around at all the furniture and decide what you aren’t using and if you honestly NEED to keep it. Then start to sell it on craigslist. And remember, you can buy new stuff when you come back… just keep that in mind (preferably in the front).

 

A few more suggestive tips:

 

Sweatshirts/Sweaters:

Do you really need 23 sweatshirts when you only wear 4? Get rid of them – they might be cute and all, but you don’t wear them so just donate them.

Workout shirts:

Yeah, they’re cute too, but you’re supposed to sweat in them, and you only wear 4 at max so cut down on them.

Jeans:

Come on, I know you have two (maybe three) favorite pairs of jeans, which you wear over and over again before washing them. Lets not waste any storage space by keeping the rest for shits and gigs.

Cosmetics/Face lotion:

I have a bag that fits all the stuff that I really use/need for my daily face routine. With that being said, I also have a makeup holder that has a ton of old/empty/odd brushes and makeup items that I don’t even use or know what they’re purpose is… Let’s make it easy, dump it.

 

The biggest obstacle you’ll start to face is sentimentality and “well, I could probably use it for Halloween…” Uh… if the latter happens – do yourself a favor and throw it away immediately. When you begin to start second-guessing your first intuition about whatever you are getting rid of, that’s when you’re going to have a hell of a time cutting down on your stuff. I will say that at the start of this movement you’ll be able to make a lot of excuses, but when time starts to tick down, you’ll start to care a lot less about your “things” – and the sooner that happens, the better off you’ll be.

I realize it’s hard to bring yourself to get rid of all your things that might have “meaning” or a place in your life, but when you think of what you can actually live with, you’ll see you don’t need much. An easy way to help yourself realize what you actually wear, and use is looking at the same clothes you wash every week (or two), and the same coffee mug you drink out of every day, and from there you can gage what you need to keep and realistically don’t need to keep.

There are so many articles of minimalism that I have read in going through this process, and even if you don’t want to be a “minimalist” we could all use a little TLC in all areas of our lives. This blog is meant to give a you a starting place because moving out is a daunting task, and if you don’t start somewhere (and again, preferably small) you’ll just build up anxiety that is unnecessary.

Good luck!

Chloë


Recommended Articles:

 

**The first one is to help you identify what you could cut down on and the second article (you will laugh, as Markie still does) is the one that inspired me to attempt minimalism… it will be a long road before I get there, but I’m bound and determined to do it.**

 

101 Physical Things That Can Be Reduced In Your Home

How I Became a Minimalist (Why I Choose to Live with Less)

 

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