Moving to a new house is always a huge ordeal, whether you live in a small, one-bedroom apartment or a sprawling, four-bedroom suburban home. While all moves take a lot of work to execute, it’s true that the less you have to move, the easier the relocation is going be for you and your movers.

Harrington Moving & Storage is a leading East Coast moving company, with over twenty-two years of experience moving individuals, families, and businesses to new locations around the world. We know how stressful an unorganized and badly planned move can be, which is why we’re always eager to share our favorite tips for making relocation easier. 

One of our best tips is to get rid of things you no longer want or need before beginning to pack up your home. Whittling down the number of items you’re taking with you to your new place will simplify your relocation and can make a huge difference in the quality of your moving experience. In this article, we’ll explain how to lighten your load before moving, and what it can do to make your move faster, more efficient, less stressful, and even more affordable.

Getting Organized for the Move

Before you begin packing, take a moment to create a moving calendar to get organized for your move. Your moving calendar should give you a good idea of the exact amount of time you have to plan, pack, and get moving according to your move-out dates. If you’re hiring a moving company to help with your move, your coordinator can assist you in creating a schedule that suits your needs and timeline.

After you’ve determined your moving dates and other details, it’s time to get started with your moving process. The first activity on the list should be sorting and revising your items. This could take you a couple of days or longer depending on how much stuff you own and how many hours you can dedicate to this part of the process. 

Sort and Separate

As we mentioned in the last section, sorting and revising your belongings is the first step of the packing process. Take your project room by room or closet by closet, starting with the biggest storage areas. Sort your belongings into four separate piles:

  • Things you want to keep.
  • Items you would like to sell.
  • Things you plan to donate or give away.
  • Trash and useless junk you can throw out or recycle.

Once you’ve separated your belongings into these piles, make plans for each pile. Throw away the trash, take donations to Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or another charity organization, and list your items for sale on garage sale apps, eBay, Craigslist, or hold a garage sale.

Consider Storage Solutions

Sometimes it’s hard to let go of items you no longer use, as much as you might need the space that they take up in your home. In other circumstances, you might have a hard time selling something that you don’t plan to take with you and need more time to list your item after your move. 

In these situations, storage services can be a great option. Ask your movers whether they offer professional storage services and how they can be incorporated into your moving plan. Ask about convenient solutions for long-term or temporary storage, depending on your needs—and full-service options for pick-up and delivery of your belongings. 

Superior Moving and Storage Solutions

Harrington Moving & Storage is one of the most recognized relocation companies in New York and New Jersey, offering superior moving services for all types of local, nationwide, and international moving and storage needs. If you’re planning a move and want to make the process faster, easier, and more enjoyable, our long-distance movers at Harrington Moving & Storage offers customized solutions and affordable rates to make your next relocation a success. 

For more information about our specialized moving and storage solutions, contact us at Harrington Moving & Storage today. Or, to get started with a free, in-home no-obligation pricing estimate for our moving services, fill out our online form and one of our moving coordinators will get in touch with you.