You never truly realize how much stuff you’ve accumulated until it’s time to move. Packing, hauling, unpacking a reorganizing all that stuff can be overwhelming, even if the move is just from Slidell to Houma. Solution? Toss the rubbish and keep the rest.
Why waste time and gas on something you don’t really want? Why waste space in your New Orleans apartment with something you squirreled away a year ago and never use? Moving anything you don’t love or need is just plain pointless. Here’s how to solve the problem:
- Make three piles in each room:
- Separate all the items in that room into those three piles. For those items it doesn’t make sense to pile up, use color-coded stickers, tape or markers.
- Take all the stuff in the ‘toss’ pile and decide whether you’re going to donate it, put it on the curb and place a ‘curb alert’ on craigslist or just junk it.
- Proceed with packing that room, then move on to the next one.
It might seem like a lot of extra work when moving is already a lot of work, but just tossing everything in the truck and hauling it to Shreveport will eventually cost you a lot more sweat. If you don’t feel like taking the time and doing it right, do this: rent a dumpster and go through everything in your home. Ask yourself, “When was the last time I used this?” “Do I need this? Do I love it? Will I end up buying a new one, anyway?” Decide that you’ll commit to throwing away the things you can’t really justify keeping. You’ll be surprised how addictive it is, and you’ll love how much gas, space and time you end up saving.
Tip 4.2? Use see-through trash bags. You don’t want to pack everything up before leaving Metairie and then accidentally throw out the bag with your clothes and keep the bag with your old, rotting produce. Use transparent, sturdy plastic bags for things you don’t want to box up so you can tell what’s in them at a glance.