One of the best things you can do before planning a household move is to get rid of clutter—old clothing, used toys, useless electronics, and anything else you can live without. Cleaning out your closets is not only therapeutic, but it’s also a great way to make sure you’re not overspending time and money on your moving project.

At A. Arnold Moving Company, we specialize in moving people to new homes all over the world—and are passionate about helping our customers experience the joy of a smooth and well-planned relocation. One of our greatest tips for making moving easier is to streamline your project by taking less with you. In this article, our expert long-distance movers will share our best tips on how to easily lighten your load before moving.

1) Get Organized Before Packing

It’s important to get organized before beginning the process—which means planning and developing a timeline on what needs to get done and when. You’ll have a much easier time packing if you can clear your home of things you don’t want moving with you, so include the time necessary to sort, separate, and remove items into your moving plan. 

Starting early is important too. You’ll need a few days, or weeks, or more to streamline your belongings—depending on how much stuff you have and what you’re doing with it. For example, throwing away trash and junk or taking items to the Goodwill bin takes a lot less time than selling your things at a garage sale or online. Plan accordingly, and make sure to allow ample time before your moving date to fit it all into your schedule.

2) Sort and Separate

Start sorting your items, separating the entire project into smaller ones on a room-to-room schedule. You might want to handle the biggest with the most items first—like your garage, your shed, or the largest storage closets in your home. Separate the items you no longer want into three piles:

  • Donations: Clothing, toys, utensils, and anything else you no longer want, but that can still be useful to someone else. 
  • Items to Sell: This category should belong to more expensive items that you no longer want or need, but that might be worth selling. This category can also include larger items that you’d prefer to let go and re-buy at your new home. Garage sale apps like LetGo, PoshMark, and OfferUp make it extremely easy to snap a photo and list online, so do this as you go to get your items on the market fast.
  • Trash: Most people are surprised to find the amount of junk and trash they’re collecting throughout their home while revising their belongings before a move. What happens during a rushed or badly planned move is that people tend to move all of this trash with them in a haste—packing away junk that will continue to needlessly take up space later. Take the opportunity to get rid of it now and forever.
3) Consider Storage Plans

One of the best-kept secrets of a well-planned and executed move is storage. Storage, whether temporary or long-term, comes in very handy in a move for a number of different reasons, one of which is that it makes it easier for homeowners to separate themselves from their stuff. If you find yourself having a hard time letting go of things that you know you don’t need, temporary or long-term storage can help you let go without making the decision final.

Another useful purpose of storage is to make selling items more convenient and safer. Many people aren’t excited about the idea of inviting strangers into their homes to view their items that they’ve listed online or in the newspaper. On the other hand, a safe, secure storage facility can be the perfect place for doing just that. 

4) Recycle Whatever You Can

Sometimes, things we think are junk can be recycled. Even the books you’re sure that no one will ever read again—for example, an entire collection of outdated PC guidebooks, or a whole semester of law review textbooks from the 80’s—can be recycled by companies that are dedicated to grinding books down to make paper and other materials.

Before tossing, double-check to make sure that the items you’re throwing away aren’t useful to someone, somewhere, somehow. Everything from holiday lights, to extension cords and cables, old computers, running shoes, and much more can have a second life and a new purpose, if given the chance.

5) Hire Professional Movers to Assist You

Moving can be overwhelming for anyone—whether you’re planning a local move or an international relocation to a new home abroad. If you’re struggling to get organized before a move and feeling stuck, professional movers like our team at A. Arnold can help make the process a whole lot easier.

Our team is trained and experienced to handle any-sized relocation, with full-service packing, delivery, unpacking, and other important moving services and options. Our project coordinators can meet with you at your home to help you determine the best course of action to take for your move—considering your budget, your preferences, and the unique circumstances of your project. 

Learn More About Our Top-Rated Moving Company

A. Arnold is one of the best-known moving companies in the United States and the world, with over 100 years of experience moving individuals, families, and businesses to new locations all over the globe. We’re a full-service team that can handle any move of any size, and we’d love to discuss our options for making your next relocation a breeze. 

For more information about our moving services, give our team a call or fill out our online form to request a free, in-home pricing estimate and consultation. We’d love to meet with you to customize a moving plan that suits your needs, and that takes the stress and worry out of your relocation into a new home.