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Pare Down for a Stress Free Move

Moving is rated as one of the most stressful things you can go through, including public speaking and job interviews. The best way to decrease that stress is by being super organized and hiring professionals. These 2 things go hand in hand. Just because you have a moving company booked for your move doesn't mean you can sit back and let the movers do all of the work (unless you want to spend a ton of money). De cluttering and organizing your possessions prior to moving day will definitely help reduce your stress and keep costs down.

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So as you begin planning for your move here is a quick check list of things to do prior to calling the movers.

7 Tips on How To Pare Down Before Your Move:

  1. Take an inventory of everything you own.
    This sounds simple right but by everything we mean all the things. The stuff in the basement, the attic, the tool shed and your storage locker. Open every drawer, every cupboard and all the closets for things you really may have forgotten you have.
  2. Decide what comes with you.
    Not so eazy right. Are you moving into a smaller space? Do you really want to lug those old text books and clothes you never wear to your new space? This is the time to be ruthless and bring only those items you really need and really love. No maybes allowed.
  3. Reduce those nostalgic items.
    This can be really hard but donating your old things from your childhood can make someone else happy. Take photos of your sentimental items for your viewing pleasure.
  4. Measure your furniture.
    Will your couch fit into your new living room? Can your king bed fit info the bedroom or is there only enough space for a queen bed? If your old stuff is not the right size or style for your new location time to sell or donate it before there is a hassle on moving day.
  5. Does your new place have a yard?
    Do you need to bring lawnmowers and gardening equipment? If you don't have a yard you'll be able to pare down a ton of items and donate them to your local thrift store.
  6. Same goes for your BBQ.
    Are you moving the BBQ or are you moving to an apartment that doesn't allow them? These are things to consider.
  7. Have the kids outgrown their toys?
    Have a frank chat with the kids about what needs to be donated. Not all of the toys are favourites so let them pick which ones come.

This list is by no means comprehensive but is a starting point. Paring down on your belongings and getting organized before moving day can make things go a lot more smoothly.

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Do you know of a service that can help me pare down my stuff? I'm a bit of a hoarder and I have tons of old things that I know I should get rid of - but I just can't bring myself to start.

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