Planning a move can be overwhelming. By breaking the preparation up into more manageable pieces, you can relieve some of the stress and enjoy the little things along the way!
Spring cleaning is an excellent place to start. When planning for a late spring or summer move, taking the time to deep clean in advance can significantly save you time later…and can even help you be more organized when the day comes for your local moving company to show up and get you on your way!
So you’re ready to clean, but you’re not sure where to start? Create a cleaning plan, and work through one room at a time. Start with the little things, move to the general clean up of the room, and save all the floors for last; this way you’re not tracking grime through the house and have to re-vacuum, sweep, or mop! Have an area to put donation items, recyclables, and trash.
The Art of Decluttering: Sort, Donate, and Ditch
When packing for a big move, sometimes it can be difficult to separate what items you need, what items you want, and what items you shouldn’t actually hold on to. Break this down into smaller bits, too, and the job will get easier!
Sort your “clutter” into smaller sections: what you know you want or need to keep, the things you know you can or want to get rid of, and the items that you might need a little more time to decide on. Set the ones you need to think about aside, and circle back to them once you’ve finished the rest of the room. It can give you some time to decide what the best decision for you might be!
Once you know what items you are getting rid of, go through them again. What can be recycled? What needs to be thrown away? And what can be donated? Take items to local thrift stores or shelters, or even contact a textile recycling company to get rid of those gently worn clothes and shoes you no longer need!
Don’t Forget the Details
Ditch those cobwebs in the corners of your ceiling. Dust door ledges. Clean under your appliances and furniture. Scrub the top and interior of your refrigerator. Clean inside your microwave. Wash your windows, vacuum your window screens, and clean your blinds. Wipe down your walls and cabinets. Use canned air on your electronics. Change the filter(s) in your HVAC. Replace those burnt out light bulbs. Shampoo your carpets or polish your tile or wood floor.
Getting these details done now will save you time later when you just have to do a touch up in these areas instead of the deep clean when you have a million other things to take care of!
Getting Ready for the Move
As you go along, consider packing non-essential items such as extra clothes, books, and knick-knacks, and storing them until you can get into your new home. This will save you more time later when you don’t have to pack the small things at the last minute!
When you’re ready to start looking for a local moving service in Idaho, contact Treasure Valley Movers for a free quote! With affordable pricing and flexible scheduling, we’re ready to help make your move the smoothest you’ve ever had. We’ll sweat the big stuff, so you don’t have to!