Anyone that has ever had to move to a new home — or even helped a friend move — knows that the more stuff you have, the harder and more time-consuming it is to move. Moving can already be stressful enough, and having to spend days packing your belongings into boxes can be exhausting.

If packing stuff into boxes is too much hassle, contact Watson Moving & Storage to ask about our full-service moving packages. Not only do we load all your furniture into the truck and move it safely and securely to your new home, but we can even take care of packing up boxes too! Call today for more information.

Why Should I Get Rid of My Stuff?

One of the easiest ways to reduce the stress of moving is by simply getting rid of as much stuff as possible. Research shows that living with less stuff, when done intentionally, can make people significantly happier. More than half of all Americans report having stuff in their home that they no longer need or use. By getting rid of these extra items in your home you can make your home a less cluttered space that is more enjoyable to live in — not to mention it can make moving into a new home a walk in the park.

Why Is Getting Rid of Stuff So Hard?

Why is it that so many of us have too much stuff? If we can admit that we have things that we no longer need or use, why don’t we throw it out? There are many possible answers to this question but the most common reasons are lack of time and lack of motivation. By following these steps, you can find the motivation to start decluttering your house today!

Don’t Get Overwhelmed!

Decluttering a house can be a lot of work and one of the biggest reasons that people avoid doing it is because it can seem like such a daunting task. It’s stressful to even think about the hours and hours it may actually require. When tackling big challenges, it’s best to start small and work your way up. By splitting this large goal up into bite-size, digestible tasks, it becomes much easier to finally get the ball rolling. Without further ado, here are the three steps to declutter your home.

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Step 1: Split Stuff Into These Five Categories

The first step to decluttering your home is designating space for the following categories. You can do this by getting four large tubs, or simply making four neat piles in one room of your house.

Keep – Relocate

This category is for things that you find that you think you will use, but are currently in the wrong place in your home. For example — if you are cleaning your bedroom and you find a spatula, some dumbbells, and other miscellaneous items, it can slow your momentum to have to go put everything away as you find them. By simply making a pile of things that need to be put away, you can finish the task at hand and put things in their proper place another time. Remember — it’s all about splitting things into small digestible tasks.

Keep – Storage

In this pile, we can find all the things that you can’t bring yourself to get rid of, but you’re not sure when you might need to use them again. Old collectibles, sentimental items, and seasonal items are great candidates for this category.

Remove – Sell

Many people have a hard time just throwing things out or even donating them when they feel like they have things that are still valuable. One great way to get rid of these items all at once is by hosting a garage sale where you can bring anything of value out onto the driveway and sell your items to passers-by. You can also take advantage of platforms like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace to sell individual items that might go for more money like electronics or furniture.

Remove – Donate

This category is for items that you may no longer have a need for, but you don’t want to throw away because you feel they are still usable. For example, baby items or items your children have outgrown may still have plenty of life left in them if they could just go to an age-appropriate child. Also, if you do end up hosting a garage sale and were not able to sell everything, you can take whatever is left — along with any other usable items — and take it to your local thrift store, homeless shelter, or charity drive.

Remove – Garbage

Last but not least, we have the items that will not be accepted by donation centers or charities, such as bean bag chairs, tube-style TVs, hazardous materials, furniture that is worn out or broken, etc. Depending on the items, you may not even be able to drop some of these things off at your local landfill. However, if you are in Larimer County, the Larimer County Landfill Recycling Center is an excellent resource for getting rid of unwanted stuff. Not only will they take anything that can be thrown in the garbage, but they will even take old electronics, and certain hazardous waste, such as paint, cleaners, and other chemicals.

Step 2: Sort Your Stuff – Pick A Method

Now that we have established our five main categories for our stuff to be sorted into, the next step is to actually do the sorting. As discussed above, this is the part that can be extremely intimidating. The following are some fun ways to break up the daunting task so that you can stay motivated and get through the entire house.

5-10 Minutes A Day

Most of us struggle to find time in our day to do tasks like sorting through all of our stuff. However, by chipping away at it for just a few minutes a day, you will eventually be able to get through the entire house. This method also forms a habit of examining the value of items in your house and being more mindful of the things that you bring into your house in the future.

The 12-12-12 Method

Another way you can slowly chip away at your end goal of decluttering your house is by using the 12-12-12 method. How this works is once per day, you take a few minutes to identify twelve items to throw away, twelve items to donate, and twelve items to keep.

Room by Room

If you are in a hurry to finish sorting your stuff — like because of an upcoming move — then the best way is to pick a room, designate areas for your five categories of items and not move on to another room until every nook and cranny in that room has been cleared out.

Step 3: Get Rid of the Piles

Once your stuff has been properly sorted into the five categories listed above, the only thing left to do is to take care of each pile. Find new homes for everything in the “Keep – Relocate” pile. Get some boxes to store the items in the “Keep – Storage” into (if you need more storage space, make sure to check out Watson Moving & Storage’s storage options!). Sell whatever you can in the “Remove – Sell” pile and donate the rest, along with any other items that can be donated. Finally, take whatever is left in the “Remove – Garbage” pile and take it to your local landfill.

Call Watson Moving & Storage

Now that you have gotten rid of as much stuff as possible, you can start packing the rest of your belongings and preparing for the big move. Remember to call Watson Moving & Storage for any and all of your moving and storage needs. Not only do we provide excellent moving services, we also sell moving supplies like boxes, tape, and moving blankets. Don’t forget to ask about our short-term and long-term storage options available right here in Loveland, CO.