Moving home, especially long distance is a great opportunity to reduce your belongings. Before you begin packing your boxes and wrapping furniture to be moved, go through each room in your home to see what items you no longer need.
Depending on the quality of your stuff, a lot of it can be recycled. Having a garage sale, or selling your items online is a great way to reduce and recycle your belongings. If you’ll also be donating, there are many charities and donation drop offs. Some organizations can even pick up your belongings.
If your garage, attic, or basement is being used as a “storage” room, go through these areas first. They can later be used as a space to house the items that you no longer need. The process of downsizing and de-cluttering can make you feel much lighter and make your move easier. As you go through your belongings, decide what can be donated, sold at a garage sale or online, given to friends and family, or thrown away. If you’re indecisive about certain items, ask yourself: will it suit your new home? Can it be replaced? How often do you use this item? Is it valuable or hold sentimental value? Does it need repairing? Could someone enjoy it more than I do?
Taking the time to sort through your belongings and get rid of what is no longer needed, will save you time during the packing and unpacking process, and reduce your moving costs.
Tips For Green Cleaning Your New Home
Cleaning your new home can be easy, cost effective and far healthier when using natural products.
Stock up on green products
You may in fact already have many of these ingredients. You can prepare and make simple cleaning products, which can be used throughout the whole house. They’ll provide natural air fresheners, and joy when cleaning.
Vinegar – Distilled white vinegar is a sanitizer, can remove hard water stains, and disintegrate clogged toilets and sink drains.
Baking soda – In addition to its many benefits, when being used as a cleaner, it can get rid of odors, especially in places such as a trash bin, or a fridge.
Salt – For hard to remove stains, salt granules are great to use, due to their abrasive qualities.
Lemon – Lemons not only have a fresh scent, they are also a natural bleach. They contain antiseptic and antibacterial elements.
Borax – For decades borax has been used to whiten laundry. It’s also an anti-fungal, an antiseptic and antibacterial.
Essential oils – Just the scent of essential oils adds that extra freshness to any space. In addition, they’re excellent as a disinfectant.
Tips for using your natural products
Windows – Vinegar and water, how simple can it get! Oven – Baking soda with sprinkled water. Leave overnight, then scrub. Toilet – Baking soda and vinegar as a toilet scrub Bath – Borax is great for scrubbing bath tiles.
As many people begin to live more minimalist lives, clearing out material items from the home, and reducing the amount of things we own, has become the goal. When beginning to prepare for a move, this can be the perfect opportunity to go through all your belongings and only pack what you use, or cherish. One way to lesson your load is to plan a garage sale prior to your move!
Arranging a garage sale does take some planning.
Firstly, choose a date to host the sale. Weekends are typical for garage sales and begin early in the morning, with the “professional” bargain hunters arriving at the beginning of the day, and locals stopping by throughout the day. Advertising your garage sale will need to be done, and is a very important aspect of attracting people to the sale. Before you begin advertising online and putting up signs around the neighborhood, check with your local city to see if a permit is required, or if any specific guidelines must be followed.
While you’re going through your belongings and deciding what to keep and what to discard, this is a great time to keep aside all the items you plan to put in the garage sale. Any items that are prohibited, or dangerous cannot be sold at a garage sale. If you plan to price your items prior to the sale, make sure to have some stickers or tags available. Alternatively, you can name your price on the day of the sale.
There’s a lot to plan when making a move, make sure to have some basic essential items packed for those first few days in your new home.
If you’ll be arriving at the same time as your belongings, make sure the essentials box is clearly marked. Once it’s unloaded from the truck, place it in a room where it cannot get lost among the other boxes. If you arrive prior to your belongings, consider mailing the box of essentials, or if driving, keep it with you in the car.
Bedding and linens – Sheets and towels. If there won’t be a bed when you arrive, consider packing an air mattress.
Toiletries – Your basic day-to-day toiletries. In addition to these, pack: Soap, bathroom tissue, shampoo & conditioner, and a medical kit.
Clothing – Pack enough clothing according to your daily schedule, include work attire if you need to go to work. Bare in mind, you might not have a working washing machine in the beginning.
Cleaning supplies – Pack a few cleaning supplies until you’re able to make a trip to the local supermarket. Something’s going to need cleaning.
Kitchen items – Planning to cook, pack some basics: a pot, pan and some reusable plates and cutlery.
Children and pets - Don’t forget the essentials for your kids or pets, you know what they are!
Electronics – Many people work on mobile devices these days. Make sure you have all components needed to use your electronics.