Thank you to our friend Carol Southcombe from Downsizing Diva for this blog.....
Out with the garbage
With a supply of green garbage bags and sturdy boxes, removing obvious garbage sets the stage for the rest of the downsizing process. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, but every home has a collection of boxes and bags, empty bottles, foil pie plates, chipped mugs, odd socks, dog eared paperback books, fast-food flyers, broken appliances, and ugly lamps. Now is the time to get rid of them. Recycle if you can.
Purge clothes closets
Why is it so difficult to let go of clothes, shoes and accessories? Sort these items into four piles – Pitch, Pack Patch and Pass along. Donate excess clothing to your favourite charity or take it to a local consignment shop. If you have a lot of lightweight items to donate, consider using coloured plastic bags. These colour donation bags are readily identifiable and will not be confused with the dark green or black garbage bags.
Clear kitchen clutter
The kitchen is used every day, so it is often the last room in the house to be packed. It is also the room that contains a lot of stuff. Limit the number of spots, pans and cooking utensils and take only those that you actually use. It’s also a good idea to edit your spices before you move.
Return borrowed items
Items that have been borrowed from neighbors and friends often take up permanent residence at your house. Return these items to their rightful owners as soon as you find them and clear more space for your own stuff in the moving van. This also applies to library books and rented DVDs.
Pack decorative items
Favorite paintings, frame photographs, treasured souvenirs and gifts from family and friends will make your new place feel like home. Pack and label the boxes so you’ll know where to find these items on moving day.
My next blog will be about sorting your treasures.
*Credit to Karen Shinn & Gail Shields, Downsizing Diva, Authors of GO! The Essential Guide to Organizing and Moving