When you are beginning the stages of moving, getting organized can seem like a lower priority. Getting pre-qualified for a mortgage, searching for homes available for purchase and the like all seem to take precedence. However, there are many benefits to getting your home organized ahead of schedule. For one, reducing the clutter can help as you stage your home to be viewed by many prospective buyers. Additionally, getting your home well prepared in the beginning is only going to save you more time when it actually comes to moving day. Here are 5 tips that can help you get started for a more simplified move.
Create groups of items – Begin by sifting through your belongings. You may create a few piles with some for trash, some for donating or some to give to friends or family. You may even create an additional “maybe” pile for items you feel you may want to keep. Give yourself a time limit on this pile.
Give yourself time – The process of getting organized can take some time. Especially where there may be personal or sentimental items that require thought, be sure to give yourself enough time to sort through everything.
Invest in clear plastic bins – Keeping your items stowed in clear plastic bins will keep everything stored away but also allows you to see what is inside. Alternatively, if you already have boxes or colored bins, be sure to clearly label what is inside.
Recycle paper – Many households have one common problem – a paper trail in each room. Whether its documents, old mail, newspapers, magazines or the like it can certainly add up. Consider scanning in anything valuable to an online storage location. Recycle non valuable items and shred anything else that may have account numbers or personal information.
Begin now – Time can be the most valuable asset. Begin as soon as you can as depending on your home’s size and the amount of possessions you have, getting organized may take some time. Go as far as scheduling some time slots in on your calendar to hold yourself accountable.