Too preoccupied with moving to know if you’re sparking joy or not? We get you. When you’re preparing for an interstate move, you’re on an emotional roller coaster. How can you tell if your belongings spark joy when your mood barometer reads ‘anxious?’
At Colonial Van Lines, we want you to declutter responsibly. That’s why, instead of asking you to identify joy at this utterly nerve-wracking time, we’re going to list a few items that you should declutter before your interstate move. We hope it helps.
7 Items to Get Rid of Before an Interstate Move
Get your garbage bags ready and your mind set to ruthless. Here are some things that are not going to get through the door of your new residence.
1.) Clothes That You Don’t Wear Anymore
To paraphrase Oprah, if you haven’t worn it in two years, you might want to think about never wearing it again. Those socks without partners, jeans that don’t zip, clothes that the characters from the TV show “Friends” might have rocked in 1994? Let it go! And if you have a coat or hat to spare, there are a lot of people who will make good use of it in the chilly weather.
Check out the spruce.com for “13 Ways To Get Rid of Clothes.”
2.) Miscellaneous Items
According to the Cambridge dictionary, “A miscellaneous group is made up of an odd bunch of things you wouldn’t expect to go together.” Such as a broken rubber band, a sewing kit from the 99 Cent Store, and a small piece of cereal that has well outlived its expiration date? You’re certainly not going to miss these things items when they’re gone; so, designate them to the trash pile.
3.) Health and Beauty
You know that cheap bath set that you got from your coworker last Christmas? Its regifting days are over. Toss it, along with the balding eye shadow palette, the corroded mascara, and the mini perfume that came in the party favor bag from your nephew’s bar mitzvah.
4.) Stale Food
When food rots, it stinks to the high heavens. When food goes stale, it can do so quite innocuously. And just as the squeaky wheel gets the grease, the smelly food gets the boot. The stale food, on the other hand, can sit for years collecting dust in your pantry. Set a timer for 15 minutes and go through your freezer, cabinets, and fridge. If it’s expired or opened and abandoned, dump it. If you’re not going to eat it, give it to someone who will.
5.) Extra dishes
If you’ve got a set of dishes that you love, you’ll spark joy every time you use it. If you’ve got a set of dishes hidden away at the bottom of your china closet, it’s only going to spark joy when your relatives come to visit. Pick a set and stick to it. Give the second set to someone who will make regular use of it.
6.) Kid’s Stuff
Perhaps the only thing harder than parting with your stuff is getting your kids to part with their stuff. Consider making it a game for them, such as “Whoever Collects Ten Things for Donation Gets Dinner at BJs.” There is no sacrifice a child won’t make for a Pazookie.
7.) Stuff that Depresses You
Save the sentimental stuff for last, but if something makes you mad, sad, or neurotic, let it go. Leave behind the unpleasant memories and make room for happier ones.
Colonial Van Lines Interstate Movers Sparking Joy for Our Customers
Now that you’ve decluttered like a pro in the know, you’ll want to get moving like the star that you are! And, luckily, at Colonial Van Lines, we’ve got the know-how, dedication, and experience to help you do it.
When you hire Colonial Van Lines, you’ll have a team of experts at your side, ready to do whatever it takes to make your interstate move simple and hassle-free. Whether that includes some packing, full-service packing, or organizing a customized moving plan that works with your budget, count on us to find you a professional that can get it done right.
- Our movers and packers know how to pack items quickly and correctly, saving you time, money, and effort. Come moving day, they’ll show up at your doorstep ready to carefully wrap, pack and arrange your belongings for safe transit.
- Our storage facilities are the nation’s safest and most secure. We take extra precautions to safeguard your belongings from environmental damage. We guarantee our onsite team will look after the security of your items with the loyalty and ferocity of a team of guard dogs.
- Our interstate movers will come up with a customized transport plan to easily transport your items to your destination. As a leading interstate moving company, Colonial Van Lines provides outstanding relocation services to all of our customers.
If your joy meter is stuck on zero because of your interstate move, contact Colonial Movers. We’ll get your joy sparking with our affordable rates, knowledgeable and friendly staff, and reliable free rate quotes. Call us today and rejoice in our services, we’ll be looking out for you!