Moving into a new place can feel like a hassle, but we encourage our customers to try and look at it more as a new beginning and a chance at a fresh start.

Why?

Because it gives you a chance to free yourself of the nonsense and clutter you accumulate in your life over time. It forces you to make a decision about what comes with you and what stays behind. Many in the medical field say clutter’s bad for you – and moving is a perfect time to let that excess go elsewhere and lead a leaner, fresher life.

But while that’s all well and good – how do you make that decision? How do you pack the stuff you want to take with you and how do you sort out and dispose of the stuff you want to get rid of? That’s a little of what we’re here to talk about today.

The first thing you’re going to want to do is start a going with me pile, a going somewhere else pile, and a going in the trash pile. This will help you keep things simple and force you to prioritize what’s coming with you from storage.

Going with me should be anything that has considerable, practical, aesthetic or sentimental value that you can’t bear to part with. You can’t keep everything, but there are things that are important – or could come in colossally important later on in your life. When it comes to the sentimental stuff, we’re all softies and we think you should let your heart lead you in the right direction. That being said, you can’t hold onto everything and maybe that gigantic pile of college-era stuff would be best consolidated to a trunk you might be proud to let your kids sift through some day.

Going somewhere else is the pile that will be donated, gifted or perhaps even sold. Look, you only have so much space for a coffee table. Or big mirrors. Or an entertainment center. Or those DVD’s you never use. Take all those knick-knacks, decorations, old furniture, specialty equipment, craft supplies, tools and the things that are useful but that you don’t use anymore (or can’t use) – and give it to someone else. There’s a lot of good karma in this pile – as you can make donations to people and friends who could use it OR, you could sell it and maybe make a buck or two. Either way – Find a way to get rid of it.

Going in the trash – is the pile that’s just nonsense. Clothes that are too worn, damaged pieces, excess things from collections, the pile of frames you bought at the store that were too large for you pictures… that kind of stuff. Throw it all away. All of it. It’s of no use to use. It’s of no meaningful or practical use to anyone else.

From there on out – it’s just a matter of getting the piles to where they need to get to. Immediately throw the garbage in the garbage. Get rid of it as soon as possible so it’s out of your way. The going somewhere else pile should be next. Donate it, post it online, do whatever you need to do in order to get it out the door in as quick a manner as possible.

And then lastly – pack your remaining things and you’re all done. Wasn’t too hard, was it? Good luck with the rest of your move and congratulations on your new, clutter free fresh start!