Most people tend to think that moving is stressful, but if you follow a couple of simple principles, it can be anything but. Oftentimes, following a predetermined system is all it takes, and if you treat it like a game, it can also be somewhat fun.
Today, this is exactly what we’re going to show you, as well as which rooms you should start with first:
The 3 box system
Before you start getting rid of clutter in your home, find 3 separate boxes and mark them. These can also be bags, containers, or anything you deem to be suitable for the purpose.
– Box 1 will be used for the items you’re planning to keep.
– Box 2 will be used for the items you’re planning to throw away or sell.
– Box 3 will be used for items that fall anywhere between these two categories. Basically, those that you’d like to keep but aren’t planning to be actively using.
Make a plan
The worst thing you can do is trying to declutter your home without a solid plan. Mindlessly running around and picking up items won’t do you any good, since you won’t be doing it systematically. Instead, it’s best to tackle things room by room.
The magic of gamification
Now here’s the fun part: why not turn it into a game that will make the whole process much more fun and allow you to complete it much faster? The game only requires one rule: set a deadline and make sure to respect it no matter what. That way, you won’t spend too much time on a single item, unable to decide in which box it fits. Using a stopwatch or a timer of any sort can help you out a lot.
The suggested order
So which room should you start off with? This is by no means set in stone, but if you’re absolutely out of ideas, try the following order:
If you clear the clutter from the bathroom first, guess what? Getting ready for work and bedtime will require much less time than it otherwise would with all the clutter lying around, because you’ll be able to find everything you need within seconds. That way, you can experience the benefits immediately before even moving to a new home!
Depending on your preferences and the way you organize things, the movers may collect your items in multiple rounds. In order to make their job easier, the entryway needs to be free of clutter so they can access and move around your home easily, which is why it needs to be cleared rather early.
- Storage room
The reason why we haven’t mentioned the storage room earlier is that it’s probably full of stuff you’re not going to use, but still want to keep around (or haven’t decided yet). Clearing the other rooms first will give you the much needed workflow experience, which will allow you to make these kind of decisions on the fly without wasting too much time. Also, when the storage room is clutter-free, you will be able to use it for temporary storage until you’re finally able to move out to a new home.
No matter what people are saying, moving can be both easy and fun, especially if you convince some friends to come over and help you. Are you motivated enough to begin?