Everyone is aware that moving can be… rough. There’s a lot of planning involved, checklists, packing, garage sales, you name it. It can be even more stressful if you’re a minimalist trying to figure out how to move in the best ways to fit your lifestyle. Daymakers Moving & Storage has moved so many different people with different views and goals, so we understand where you’re coming from! With that said, we provided you with a blog about how to prepare for a long-distance move as a minimalist! 

Sell or disburse all of your belongings and start over.

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If you don’t have much of an attachment to your furniture and other belongings, try to sell them at a garage sale or even online like Facebook Marketplace or, donate them to a place like the Salvation Army. This will allow you to thrift or purchase just the items that you truly need for your new home and it will limit the number of things you need to pack and move! 

DIY your packing!

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Daymakers Moving & Storage can do the packing for you, but if you’d rather take on the job yourself, there are many ways to pack that won’t stress you out. For example, use any plastic totes you may have stored in your garage as well as suitcases, wrap your breakable items with any newspapers you may have around the house or even bath towels, and be sure to grab a large bag of rubber bands to keep electronics and wires organized. Of course, you’ll probably need boxes, so make sure you pack them so you’re not leaving any empty space. This will keep it cheaper using fewer boxes and fewer materials!

Here’s a tip: Roll your clothes when you pack them. It will create more space and they won’t wrinkle!

Evaluate your stuff.

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Before packing, sit down and evaluate everything that you own. If some things are really not worth dragging across the country, sell them, donate, or toss them. The fewer unnecessary items, the less stress – especially if you’re downgrading your living space. For example, do you really need that Spongebob waffle maker that has been collecting dust in your garage? Probably not. Only plan to take the necessary items!

Go through clothing and accessories.

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Over the years, clothing and accessories can build up. If you’re not one to go through them each season and donate every few months, you probably have more than you need. Organize by season and make a keep pile, a toss pile, and a donate pile. Once you’ve bagged everything up, take a day to drop off any donations or drop them into the can on garbage day. The less you have to pack and put away, the better.

Go through your pet’s things!

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If you have a dog or a cat, or any other animal that requires toys, crates, and decor – it’s time to go through all of it. Toss the chewed-up, barely usable toys, broken crates or tanks, and the Halloween costumes you had for your dog when it was just a puppy. Sparky doesn’t really need to pack all 15 balls and bones, does he? 

Holiday decoration purge!

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Another thing that always builds up throughout the years is holiday decorations! If you have a broken Christmas tree in the basement, too many fall wreaths, or dirty tombstones, it’s time to set them free and grab new things if you see necessary when you move. These take up a lot of space when you’re moving as well as a lot of boxes, so getting rid of as many as you can, is going to be your best bet. 

If you’re ready to take the next step and get started on your long-distance move, give us a call. Daymakers Moving & Storage is here to help! We’ll pack, load, unload, unpack – anything you need to make your move as smooth as possible. After you’ve gone through all of your checklists and cleaning house, fill out a FREE quote form on our website and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible! We’re looking forward to hearing from you and helping you with your move!