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3 Tips for Paring Down Your Clutter Before an International Move

Posted by Janet Turner on Jun 10, 2016 1:00:00 PM


When you're preparing for a big move, it's always a good idea to take the opportunity to get rid of some of the clutter that you've held onto for too long. This is even more important when you're making an international move. The cost of shipping your possessions overseas can be high, so the more you can lighten the load, the more money you'll be able to save. Plus, it will be a lot easier to unpack and set up your new place if you're not tripping over things that you didn't need to bring in the first place. Following are some tips for reducing your clutter before you make an international move.

Break It Down

Looking around at an entire house full of possessions that needs to be sorted through is overwhelming. You can't tackle it all at once, and if you try you'll probably just end up frustrated. That kind of frustration leads to either keeping too much or throwing away too much, because either of those options are less trouble than sorting through carefully.

The trick is to break the chore down into small pieces. Start with a small area, like a closet, and focus solely on sorting through the items in that closet before moving onto something else. Then you can get started on the next space. By breaking the work down into smaller chunks, you'll make the project much more manageable.

Start Early


Don't let the time get away from you.

There is no such thing as too early when it comes to decluttering for a move. Even if you're not quite ready to pack yet, investing the time to get rid of the excess will save you time when you do need to pack. Since the days and weeks right before the move tend to be some of the most hectic, you'll be grateful later for any time that you save now.

Divide Clutter into Categories

Decide what you're going to do with your unwanted items once you weed them out. Undoubtedly, some things will have to go straight into the trash. Other items may be able to be donated, and some things might be worth selling, which can help you earn a little bit of the money back that you'll be spending on the move.

As you work your way through the house, take the time to separate the items you're selling into different piles. One for trash, one for donation, one for selling. Don't leave the items hanging around your house for too long - throw any items that you're trashing away as soon as you quit cleaning each day, and make arrangements to get rid of the sale and donation items as quickly as possible as well. The longer you wait, the more likely some of those things are to find their way into your moving boxes instead of going out of your house where they belong.

Make sure that you take advantage of any help offered by family, friends, and neighbors. Decluttering and packing for a move are big jobs, and the more support that you have, the better. For more help in preparing for your international move, Contact us today!

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Janet Turner

Written by Janet Turner

Janet Turner is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Accelerated International Forwarders.

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