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    Decluttering – A Guide to Minimalist Moving

    Even though moving can be one of the more stressful times in one’s life, it can also be used in a constructive way.  Instead of getting all stressed out about the move, think of it as a way of taking inventory of what you own and an opportunity to downsize, declutter and ultimately simplify your life.

    As the premier moves in Nelson, we would like to offer you this guide to minimalist moving.

    Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

    The first step to decluttering your home begins with you making decisions about what is really necessary.  When it comes to sorting through your belongings, we recommend that you start with packing your necessary items that serve a practical use.

    If in doubt, start three separate piles – keep, toss or donate and undecided.  This will give you a visual of all of your items and give you some time to think about some of the undecided items.

    Keep in mind:

    The overall goal is to declutter and minimize your belongings, so if in doubt, donate or throw it out.

    The kitchen is a great place to start and you can really declutter some of the following items:

    • Utensils
    • Pots and pans
    • Technical gadgets

    A general rule of thumb is that if you have not used an item in the last 6 months, it is time to either give it away or throw it out.

    Once you are done with the kitchen, the next spot to declutter is your wardrobe.  If you have clothes that are too big or too small for you, it is time to leave them behind.  The same goes for shoes that you have not worn in over a year.

    Room by room

    Once you have decided what you will be taking from your kitchen and wardrobe, you can now go room to room and continue on your decluttering purge.  The actual downsizing process may be more difficult and time consuming than you think.


    Although many of our belongings do have an emotional attachment, do not hold on to belongings out of guilt, or obligation.

    Do not forget to include the garage and attic.  Again, the same rules apply to your holiday decorations, heirlooms, hand-me downs and even old furniture or seasonal gear that you just never get around to using.

    You will be pleasantly surprised about just how quickly you can downsize the amount of things you will need to pack.

    The New You

    Once you have decluttered your home, take a minute to enjoy all of your hard work and bask in the simplified moving process.  We at Kootenai moving would love to be a part of your moving experience and offer friendly, professional moving services at a competitive rate.  Call us today and see how we can help you with all of your moving needs.