Facing the Music: How to Mentally Prepare Yourself for Parting with Your Stuff

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You look in your junk drawer and see an endless amount of clutter: tape measurers, kid’s toys, old pens, etc. It’s exhausting to see stuff like this, and that’s just one of many nooks and crannies in your home that have to be dealt with. If you feel like you don’t have the mental energy to decide what to save and what to toss, then congratulations: you’re normal! It’s rough to see this stuff. Every knickknack comes with a story, objects remind you of the amazing adventures you’ve had. Clothes you haven’t worn for a while might become your go-to favorite in a few months. You might be able to fit into those pants again! Who knows what the future can hold? These thoughts hold you back. Acknowledge them now, and then start to shift gears because you’re moving and you can’t take it all with you!

Asking the Tough Questions

Yes, you’ll make some mistakes. You are bound to toss out something you’ll need later. It happens to all of us. Later when you’re looking for that warranty/tool/pair of shoes/kitchen gadget, you’ll curse yourself and this article. But you’re far more likely to keep something that will just clutter up your home. Stuff that you’ll never use or won’t use enough to make it worth keeping. I know this is hard, but if you haven’t used it for a few months, then chances are you don’t actually need it. (I’m not talking about seasonal stuff: obviously don’t get rid of all of your summer clothes if you’re moving during the winter.) Ask yourself if you really and truly need something, and don’t feel bad about pitching it.

Simplify Your Life

Try to look at this as a simplification of your life. Relationships, jobs, responsibilities all take their toll on us. Life is complicated enough as it is without needing to add tons of material things to it. We’ve all bought things on impulse that turned out to be a bad move, and that’s perfectly fine. You don’t have to hold onto something just to justify the cost that was made. If you have the energy (and you’ll need a lot of it) then do the yard sale thing. If you don’t, then give to charity. Someone may get a lot of use out of your stuff.

Reach out for Help

Trusty Chicago movers can’t make your decisions for you but they can be sanity savers when you’re feeling squeezed for time and energy at every turn. Beltmann has the experience and staff you need to get you where you want to be with less stress!