For some of us, moving can be one of the most stressful times in our lives. It is very difficult to change the emotion of stress into enjoyment and excitement of change and fresh beginnings.
Green moving means being aware of our environment and using methods that do not hurt our Earth. One of the simplest ways to reduce your carbon footprint when moving is to reduce the amount of stuff you have to move. De-cluttering before packing can save time and money because you won’t be paying someone else to move or store those items. But how can you de-clutter before a move without losing your mind? The answer is “strategically”.
A tip for making your move less stressful and less expensive is to get organized before you move, and stay organized throughout the move by keeping a positive attitude. Leaving everything for last minute and trying to tackle your entire place in one weekend is way too hectic. Get organized in advance! Schedule de-cluttering time in two hour increments a couple of months before moving day.
If de-cluttering an entire room all at one time is too overwhelming, start with a series of small projects, like books and magazines, bathroom toiletries, linen closet, or cluttered drawers instead. Try not to tackle memorabilia first or your efforts might quickly lose steam.
Set up a sorting area, and make sections for “donations”,” trash” and” keep” items. Ask yourself whether or not you want to see these items in the new house. Organizing paperwork and important documents, like passports and birth certificates, should not be left for last minute. Give each child a bin or small box for old keepsakes.
Every home has things that have not been used that can be sold or donated. Start selling these non-essential items around three months before moving day. Clothing, toys, and even equipment that is not being used anymore can lighten your load and put money in your pocket. It is also a good idea to consider donating canned goods to a local bank prior to moving.
When it comes to packing your fragile items, avoid using bubble and plastic wrap. Instead, use newspapers, linens, blankets, and even T-shirts that you plan on taking with you anyway. Try to use as many used boxes as possible instead of buying new ones. Sometimes you can even get boxes for free. You can also use your empty suitcases to pack up your personal items.
When cleaning your old home, use green cleaning products to protect your health and help the environment. To save money, use natural ingredients like baking soda and vinegar.
Learn to adopt a “less is more” attitude when you move. The less stuff you move, the less energy expended, which is better for you and the environment.