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Moving as a minimalist is among those solutions that would definitely make the overall relocation process easier. Minimalism is associated with the idea that we can live with less, using only possessions that add real value to our daily lives. From more space to lower costs and the ability to upgrade your belongings, the minimalist move has multiple benefits. How to approach moving minimalist, and what are the important things to consider? Let’s find out together!

Decluttering process during moving as a minimalist

Decluttering is the most important aspect of relocating as a minimalist. Like all steps in moving, this stage requires you to spend an enviable amount of time. But don't worry, the investment will be worth it. By clearing out the belongings that you don't use and have been sitting in your garage for years, you will reduce the time it takes to pack, load, and unload your belongings. You'll save yourself the stress associated with the long, drawn-out transport of your gear, and furnishing your new home will be streamlined because you won't be piling up extra items, wondering where to store them in the first days after moving in. Here are the most valuable tips to keep in mind when decluttering:

Gather all your belongings

Among the approaches to decluttering is to gather all the belongings you have in one place. This will help you assess which ones are repeating, which ones you don't use and which ones you even forgot you owned. You'll be able to separate out the unusable accessories by thinking of options on how to approach them, such as donating them to those in need or selling them.

Sort by category

Contrary to the previous approach, clearing out by category ensures that you can part with unwanted items in stages. For example, start with your clothes. Which ones you don't wear, which ones are already out of trend and which ones need replacing. Before you declutter, you can divide your items into the following categories:

  • Clothes and shoes
  • Furniture
  • Beauty products
  • Pet accessories
  • Decorative items
  • Cleaning materials
  • Electronics
  • Toys
  • Decorative furniture
  • Kitchen accessories

More stuff means more time

Among the benefits of decluttering is that it will save you time in the subsequent steps of relocation. Moving like a minimalist will definitely reduce not only the physical but also the mental strain of moving. The time it takes to pack, secure, transport, unpack and arrange belongings in the new home will decrease, allowing you to be more flexible, more rested, and more focused.

Fewer possessions lead to cheaper relocation

A minimalist relocation is also associated with lower costs. That's because relocation services are priced based on the size and weight of the goods being transported. Less belongings will allow you to take advantage of shared services such as renting a transport van with another person, and therefore, engage fewer porters, which in turn benefits removals companies with busy schedules.

Clean up and after unpacking

Decluttering your belongings a second time after moving into your new home is an additional step you can take when moving as a minimalist. This way, you'll go through your belongings again, assessing which ones fit the home and which ones you actually need.

Deciding on essentials to bring in the new home as a minimalist

Largely related to decluttering, choosing the essentials to bring to your new home not only ensures that you get a fresh start, but also that you store the things that are most practical, functional, and sentimental to you. If we're talking about relocating with the whole family, each member (even the kids) may have limited space: a few boxes to fill with their most important items. For one thing, this will make sure that unnecessary and old supplies are left behind and your relocation is streamlined. On the other hand, you'll teach kids to make decisions by kicking habits like hoarding and the inability to part with items that are no longer usable. Here are some questions to ask yourself if you're wondering if an item is actually needed:

  • Have I used the item in the last year?
  • Can I borrow the same item if needed?
  • Am I keeping the item because it is functional or out of courtesy?
  • Do I find the maintenance of the item difficult, time consuming and financially demanding?
  • Do I keep the object only because I associate it with good memories?
  • Would it absence be an inconvenience for me?
  • How does the object make my daily life easier?
  • How often do I use it?

Here we should also mention the so-called "essential box": a box containing the most important things you may need immediately after moving into your new home. The idea is that you can quickly find the essentials: from pajamas and toiletries to a tenancy agreement, baby food and pet treats. Once you've properly cleared your belongings, you'll also feel more at ease when kitting out the essential box.

Essential boxes are also possible to make for each of the rooms in your home. For example, in the kitchen essential box, you can put frozen food (quick to prepare), canned goods, utensils, napkins, beverages, and basic condiments like salt and pepper. The bedroom box can contain clean sheets, pyjamas, bedtime reading, a thermos of water, your kids' favorite toys, etc.

Two people moving boxes

Packing: One of the easiest tasks for the minimalist

Packing is the next aspect to consider when moving minimalist. Here are our tips:

Decide exactly what and how much you need

Again, it's a good idea to opt for the optimum amount of packing materials, i.e. don't overstock yourself with boxes, tape and wrapping paper that may end up unused, or worse, that you would have to throw away. In fact, you can ask people close to you who have recently moved out if they have any leftover packing materials you can use. You can also think about how to adapt packing supplies for other purposes: making storage boxes out of cardboard boxes, for example, or creating a shelter for stray animals.

Start early

Start packing early so you don't get stressed by looming deadlines. This will give you plenty of time to think about which boxes you should unpack first after the relocation, and what is the most logical way to distribute the items into boxes. You can also achieve minimalism in your move by making it easier for the movers—by using medium-weight boxes that are the right size for one to two people to carry.

Minimalism in terms of additional equipment

With the already mentioned medium-sized boxes, you will ensure that you do not need additional equipment such as a trolley for heavier loads. When it comes to furniture (the transportation of which traditionally requires extra equipment, special machinery, and most attention), think in the direction of replacing bulky and impractical furnishings with multifunctional furniture that can be delivered by the dealer directly to your new home. This will not only free up space, but also save you the time and money associated with removing, bringing in and arranging bulky furniture.

Decorating after moving as a minimalist

A time-consuming and detail-intensive process, decorating a new home can be exhausting. However, if we connect it to moving like a minimalist, there are tips to make it streamlined and easier:

One piece is enough

You don't need to duplicate furnishings like mirrors, bedside lamps, tables, appliances, TVs, cleaning supplies, etc. Instead, opt for one piece of furniture that is lightweight or easily movable, so that you can have it handy in any room by moving it. Don't have any furniture? Think in the direction of buying second-hand furniture.

Don't clutter your home with decorations

Don't rush to buy a bunch of beautiful items. Impulse shopping is not in your favor especially when we are talking about a minimalist move. In fact, most of the decorations bring delight to the eyes only but are often non-functional and even create extra efforts related to cleaning and maintenance. We're not saying to do away with decorative items entirely, but limit the number of them, targeting features such as the object's cause (charitable items), volume (large decorations will require extra effort when re-locating) and purpose (multi-functional items).

Functionality instead of beauty

Think in terms of the practicality of the new home. Instead of hanging pictures, photos, and wall decorations, consider installing wall sections. This will ensure more free floor space, recommended for smaller homes, and will make cleaning easier. You can replace classic photos with digital ones, and fancy furniture and lamps, with interesting and unusual shapes, can successfully replace purely decorative items.

Decorations made of sustainable materials

Minimalism, including in relocation, is linked to care for the environment and the over-wasting of natural resources. In this regard, look for decorations made from eco-friendly materials that support sustainable causes and are produced in an environmentally friendly way.

Minimalist colours

Opt for simple shades that do not irritate the eye, create peace, and are unpretentious in terms of matching with other colours (those of furniture and complementary furnishings).

Relocating as a minimalist: Extra tips

Call for support

Although moving like a minimalist involves considerably less effort, don't rule out the possibility of calling in helpers. These can be both professionals and close ones. Although minimalist relocation may require carrying heavy items, for which you will certainly need extra help. Professional moving companies, on the other hand, can make the planning process easier by helping to preserve the integrity of your belongings.

Minimalism in terms of selected services

You don't have to allocate a dizzyingly high budget for relocation. You can put a limit on the services you will choose. For example, if you have a suitable vehicle, you could transport some of the furniture yourself. Packing and unpacking are also among the relocation stages you don't necessarily need expertise for—with access to the right information and helpful tips, you can do just fine on your own.

No to grand plans

Don't plan a move in short periods of time. This will increase stress, and you could make serious mistakes in a hurry. Stick to realistic plans. This applies to milestones such as:

  • Planning the relocation
  • Preparations
  • The actual move
  • Moving into a new home, involving preparatory activities such as arranging and decorating

Always double check

When clearing out to part with unwanted items, you may throw away an important item or document by mistake. Always double check that you have everything you need. On that note, make a list of essentials to keep track of.

Be efficient by working in stages

When planning individual relocation tasks, you can determine an approximate total amount of time to devote to each activity. This way, you won't be scattered over time and procrastinate, and you'll be focused and efficient at the same time.

Rely on uniform techniques and multifunctional materials

Determine in advance the most practical ways to prepare individual types of items. For example, you might fold clothes using typical methods (using similar repetitive motions), use multi-purpose cleaning materials (suitable for different surface types), or use wheeled movers to carry most of your bulky furniture.

Donate your boxes

If your packing materials have retained their integrity but you don't plan to use them in the future, you can donate them to various causes or give them to other movers. This way, you will reduce the negative impact on nature. Another alternative is to pass them on for recycling.

Trust in a safe removal company

In some cases, minimalist relocation involves frequent home changes. You want to grab the essentials, making the process easier and reducing the time needed for relocation, and just get settled into your new home. In these cases, we advise you to trust a moving company you've already worked with and trust, if possible.

Moving like a minimalist is far from impossible. On the contrary, it is achievable by applying various tricks related to different aspects of the overall relocation. With the right partner, it becomes even easier. Get in touch right now with the specialists at Movega Removals and benefit from their wealth of experience by asking your specific questions via our chatbot feature or online contact form.

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