Eight tips for decluttering your home before moving to NYC

Moving to NYC? That must be great. Especially, if you are moving to Brooklyn. The borough that has been U. Santini’s moving and storage home for more than eighty years. But we all know that moving is rarely fun. Decluttering your home is even less so. But, going through the time consuming, (and some times painful) process of decluttering can have a big impact on the price of your move. If you take the time to dispose of all the clutter/junk in your current apartment you will:
•    Save money on your moving cost – Your move will take less time, so you will pay less for it. If you are moving across country and are billed by the pound, than your load will be lighter. If you are paying a flat rate for your move, than your flat rate will be smaller as you will move less stuff to your new place.
•    Save money on packing supplies – If you are self packing your home, you will need to buy less packing supplies from your moving company. Check our blog post regarding how to get free moving boxes and save money on your move this way also.
•    You will spend much less time unpacking and organizing your new home. And, we all know that time is money…

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Clutter

U. Santini moving and storage decluttering tips:
1.    Start early – Decluttering, organizing and getting rid of your junk is time consuming. Don’t leave it to the last  minute. It will become a nightmare for you and your family. Try to arrange your belongings and get rid of unwanted items months before the move date. Make a plan and stick to it. You can go over your apartment room by room, closet by closet and methodically throw away everything that you don’t need, or that you haven’t used at all in the last year.

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More clutter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.    Documents – Take this opportunity to file all of your stray documents. If you have access to a scanner, than scan all of your documents and discard of the paper copies. You can upload the scanned documents to your Google Docs, Apple icloud or  Microsoft cloud services. This way they will always be handy, but will not clutter your new place.

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Get rid of paper documents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.    Ask yourself: Do I really need this? – Sometimes it is hard to get rid of an item that has a sentimental or other value. Ask yourself if you really need this item? Have you used it in the last year? Does it give you joy when you look at it? If the answer for these three questions is no, than discard the item quickly and efficiently. You do not need this item.

 

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Do I really need this?

4.    Throw, donate and sell – Some of the things that you don’t use might be valuable. You might need to get rid of good quality furniture, an extra set of antique cutlery or some old travel posters that have been kept folded in your cupboard for the last fifteen years. These items might be worth enough to get some professional help in selling them. Talk to an antique appraiser before getting rid or donating any antiques you have. The appraiser might be able to recommend the propose channel to sell these items. If you don’t know any appraisers, than contact the “Appraisers association of America” at www.appraisersassociation.org. They will be able to recommend a qualified and trusted appraiser for your items.Whatever can not be sold in a garage sale should go to the local good will store or to the landfill.

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Appraise your art…

5.    Don’t go it alone – Make decluttering a family affair. Encourage your kids to participate by offering this deal: You keep all the money you make by selling all of the unwanted toys, books, clothes and other junk that is in your room. This type of approach mostly encourages the younger family members to declutter their rooms quickly and efficiently. If you live alone, than encourage a friend to come and help you make the decluttering decisions. It’s easy when you work as part of a team. The process will be quicker and hopefully less painful…

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Packing is a Family affair…

6.    Get professional help – Sometimes the task is just too big. If you see that you are spending time and effort , but your apartment still looks very cluttered, maybe you should bring a professional declutterer to help you go through the process. There are many companies in the NYC that specialize in decluttering. Costs vary between $60 to $200 an hour for a decluttering company to come and toss away your stuff. If you find it hard to find a reputable company in your area, than contact the National association for professional organizers.

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Professional organizer relaxing after a major decluttering assignment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.    Hit the kitchen – Your kitchen is a declutter dream. It is full of items that are just sitting there and have no business going to your new place. Toss all of you old spices containers. get rid of old and mismatched cutlery and crockery sets. Eat all your canned foods, opened jam containers and other food stuffs. don’t buy your usual amount of food in the weeks before the move. Consume all of what you have in house instead of moving it tot he new place and consuming it there.

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Decluttered kitchen….

8.    Recycle – Find out where is the recycling center in your neighborhood and bring them all of your recyclable items. You can learn about recycling in NYC in the city recycling website . You will be surprised how many of your items are accepted by the city recycling program.

And of course you can call U.Santini moving and storage and we can send one of our packing teams to help you declutter your apartment. Wherever you decide to move into in Brooklynn, U. Santini moving and storage is a trusted moving and storage company and will be here to make sure that our move will go smoothly be cost effective. whether you need packing, Santini Packers will come and pack your apartment for moving and unpack it in your new place. If you are looking for movers and storage Brooklyn – we have a great storage facility in Park slope, Brooklyn. U. Santini moving and storage is proud of being a BBB A+ Brooklyn moving company. We consider ourselves the best BBB movers in Park Slope Brooklyn.

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