Pare Down + Pack Up
Let the countdown begin! If you haven’t heard, the hubby and I recently purchased a 1927 Spanish bungalow fixer in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego. With our closing date only one month away, now is the perfect time to pare down while starting to pack up. Here’s how I plan to purge before making the move, taking a load off and settling in…
Get Organized. Go room by room and wall by wall. Take everything out of hiding and start the decision making process of whether to toss, keep or donate. Allocate plenty of time for closets as they have a tendency to be very deceiving about the mass of their contents.
Get personal. It’s time for a heart to heart with your possessions. Ask yourself how you feel about this item you’re holding on to. Has it made your life better? Did you forget you even had that thing? Will it enhance your new living space? Questions like these can help you lose some household weight.
Get sentimental. As somewhat of a minimalist, I am very capable of dumping stuff into garbage bags and charity piles without giving it a second thought. However, I have performed this process too hastily or was emotionally influenced in a negative manner while doing so before. Making sure your mood is level before making any permanent decisions is always good idea. If it’s sentimental to you, then you should probably keep it. If it’s been passed down to you, it’s likely worth keeping. That being said, please be on the lookout for a hardcover vintage Singer Sewing book with my name on the inside cover.
Add it up. Sometimes it’s beneficial to calculate the dollar value of each piece you’re considering. If you don’t like it, if it is not worth much to you, if it’s worth less than your time, money or energy of dealing with it, then toss it out.
Get a jump start. For example, I have one month before moving and feel pretty good about that time frame considering how busy life gets. Divide up the task into multiple segments to ensure enough time to fully complete the task at hand (and do your best to not become distracted by browsing through those old photo albums).
Be gracious. Charitable organizations will benefit greatly from gently used items such as household goods and clothing. More often than not, they make it easy for you by arranging a truck to pick up your donation items and haul them away. Reducing, reusing and recycling are always good ideas.
That’s it! What helps you the most when preparing for a lighter move? Do share and let the pare-down pack-up begin!