Hellooo Monday! How are we feeling? It’s moving week over here…so I’m living out of/around boxes. It also means its time to eat everything in the kitchen. Last night I dined on this “everything must go” ramen. I was pleasantly surprised on how it turned out!
The weather has been my absolute favorite around here – 60s and sunny. Which means lots of running and long walks with Loki. Can it just stay like this forever?
…back to the moving bit.
I’ve moved 5 times since I moved to Colorado (which was 4 years ago, so if do the math, that’s an average of a little more than once per year) and now we’re heading towards home sweet home numero seis. I feel like I should be a packing pro by now. But unfortunately, I’m still a little bit of a packing procrastinator and find myself stuffing things into pillow cases the day of. The magic thing I’ce discovered about moving is the LESS you have, the EASIER it is to move – that’s a no brainer right?? I love a good purge and moving so often keeps my personal belongings pretty paired down. I like to call this practical minimalism.
Side note, please tell me I’m not the only one who plays this scene from Friends in their head whenever they’re moving:
So this is the part of the show where I share my down’n’dirty tips’n’tricks for a moving purge. Here’s the list I go through to lighten the moving load:
- clothing: if its not a closet staple (LBD, interview attire, etc) and you haven’t worn it in the last year, time to donate it.
- shoes: This is hard one for me, BUT there are 2 good filters for shoes. 1. same as the clothing purge, see above bullet. 2. if the sole is worn out and not repairable. I’m all for resoling shoes, but if its truly worn out beyond repair, just get rid of it.
- pair down on papers: most likely you don’t need all those bank statements. You should be able to keep almost all your important files on your computer, which is the green thing to do anyways. So go through that file folder, recycle the old user manuals for coffee pots you no longer have and keep the important docs like your birth certificate.
- flatware: In your 20s/30s? Then realistically you need “nice” plate settings for 4-6 guests. Anymore people than that and you’re probably ordering a pizza and using paper plates. Donate your excess odds and ends plates, bowls, etc.
- glasses/mugs: keep your favorite few coffee mugs and a few good sized glasses. DO NOT let yourself fall into the trap of keeping every single pint glass or mug that you got at an event/race/tourist trap. They just create dust and take up space in the cabinet.
- pots/pans: think about what you’ve used to cook/bake with in the last month. If you haven’t used it in the last month (and it’s not something specialty like a bundt pan and you know you HAVE to have bundt cake for your birthday), you should probably donate it.
- DVDs & books: I can’t really help you with this one, only you truly know if you really need that 200 DVD collection. Personally, I would say keep the classics & personal favorites, scrap the ones you got as white elephant gifts.
- Art/pictures: if you love it and it’ll look good/fit in your new place, keep it. If not, donate it.
- knick-knacks: those things on your shelves, desk and lost in drawers. If they are meaningful to you, keep them. If they’re just there to be there, donate it.
BUT WHERE DO YOU DONATE THESE THINGS??
Goodwill takes just about anything, so that a good place to start. If you have old blankets/towels, most animal shelters will be happy to take them. And if you find yourself with tons of heavy cans of soup, beans etc, drop them off at your local food pantry! If you’re finally giving up that tuba your grandma bought you when you were 8 (and you really just wanted a guitar), drop it off at a public school’s music department. Best of all, you can write donations off on your tax return. That’s called a win, win folks.
And with those items checked, you’re all set! If only I could get Loki on board with purging some of those toys…
Oh and my mom sent me this meme. She gets me.