After living in a home for any period of time, people often accumulate a wide range of meaningful possessions — and depending on how sentimental you are, there may be a lot of memories attributed to almost everything you own. This often results in clutter and a lot of possessions that serve little or no purpose. Although it can be hard to let these objects go, moving can provide the perfect time to evaluate what you own and what is worth taking with you to the next chapter of your life.
Benefits of Minimalism
Minimalism is a concept that involves focusing on only a few items that bring the most focus to a work of art, or to a room. When decorating in a minimalist style, homeowners relinquish all clutter for only accent pieces that tie a room together. This makes it easy to keep a tidy home and to have a strong sense of style with less furniture, art and decorations. However, all of the pieces must be very intentional.
Even if you are not interested in completely converting to a minimalist lifestyle, during the moving process, only keeping key elements of your current setting to elaborate on in the new home can be a great way to start decorating. By doing this, you’ll be able to keep items that you value and find accent items that will highlight the features of your new home. This way you can get rid of any older or broken pieces that do not have the same value and charm as they did when you first purchased them, and it’s a good way to start your restyling process.
By getting rid of older or unnecessary items that don’t serve a purpose, you’ll significantly simplify your moving process and the physical labor of moving into a new home. This move may be a good time to consider scanning important documents to simplify the move by getting rid of your paper files. Paper clutter, especially if you’re uncertain of its importance, can be heavy and quickly become messy and unorganized. This can take up a lot of room in a new home, especially when downsizing, and is often unnecessary in our digital world.
The Moving Process
How many items you decide to get rid of often depends on the kind of move you’re making. If you’re downsizing your home, whether it’s to move in with a new partner or to afford a home in a better part of town, chances are you’ll have to be selective about the possessions you choose to bring with you. This may include getting rid of some furniture that won’t fit well into the new house. This can be a great time to reassess your belongings and to think about what items you really care to keep with you in a move.
If you’re having a hard time deciding what you want to keep and get rid of, consider holding a moving sale in preparation for your move. Price things however you want and if you don’t sell the items, keep them. If you do, you’ll have some extra money for redecorating your new home. Even consider linking to your moving sale online to make sure the right people see it, and if you don’t sell as much as you would have liked, consider taking your items to an online market.
It can be really difficult to part with possessions that have been close to you for a long time. However, considering the extra money you’ll make, the less weight you’ll take with you and the new chic aesthetic you’re setting yourself up for in your new home, the benefits may outweigh the sorrow. Use your next move to embrace minimalism and make the most out of your new space.