All across Canada, people are packing up their belongings to move onto new and better surroundings.
And while the idea of setting up home in a new house is exciting, the packing up of items and possessions is a bit of a daunting task for some.
We do tend to accumulate items, or as we often call it “stuff”. What do you do with stuff, when you are in the process of moving?
We bet that you are like most people. You grab a box to toss these items into, to sort through later. If you already have a box from a previous move that you haven’t sorted through – you are not alone.
Most people will often box up things without considering if they are really needed still. Junk drawers get emptied into boxes, to be sorted through later. Closets get packed up, to be sorted later. Even boxes from previous moves get moved again, to be sorted through later. There is definitely a pattern here.
Why do we hang onto so much stuff?
Well, in our opinion there may be several reasons.
Firstly, there are individuals who hold onto items for sentimental value.
Secondly, there are individuals who hold onto items for future use.
Thirdly, there are individuals who hold onto items for hopes of selling them in the future.
There is a ton of reasons why we hang onto stuff. Now, let’s not include heirloom items or sentimental items. If you have those boxed up, and correctly labeled, we would expect those items to move with you from one home to another.
But most of us, we simply accumulate items over time. And when we plan a move, we don’t work into the plan a time to purge stuff. We jump right in boxing everything up. Just get the place packed.
And when you arrive at your new place, you get to unload boxes of stuff that you are not going to go through (let’s be perfectly honest here). You will cart those boxes down into the basement or some dark corner of a closet for another day’s sorting. And you will do this, over and over again, with each move. Until you purge these items out completely.
It might help to put a date on these boxes. At the very least, put the year on the outside of the box when you pack it up. Once a few years have past and you don’t open this box, assume there is nothing of value in there and get rid of the contents in one load. Don’t even open the box. Do you really need to hang onto DVDs from the 1980s if you no longer have a player? Maybe you do. Maybe you have a reason you are holding onto items. But try to really ask yourself – is this useful still? Am I really going to use this stuff? How hard would it be to replace something later, if the need should ever arise?
Purging your items will make you feel lighter and, believe it or not, give you a sense of freedom. Your stuff does not own you. You don’t need to keep everything. And if you haven’t even seen it in a year or two, it’s just taking up space.
So next time you are moving, start first by doing a purge. It will create space for you to do your packing and sorting, which is a bonus. Then, when you move, you are only moving what is truly necessary. And parting ways with things that have lost their necessity. Once you have a good amount ready to be purged, you can contact a Junk Removal service. They can pick it up, recycle what you have, and let you keep packing up what is important. And you can start off in your new location, without sending all that stuff into dark corners to collect dust.
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