Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us! If you’re getting ready to move – or simply preparing for the rush of activity (and gifts) this time of year brings – now is the perfect time to remove the extra clutter from your home.
“Simplifying” has become a buzzword in the last few years, and many websites and books have been dedicated to the idea of getting rid of things that we no longer need or love. Besides being on-trend, tossing a few things out is the perfect way to prepare for a move.
Pack Less, Save Money
One benefit of decluttering your home before moving is that it can save money. Packing things you do not use only adds to the total weight of your move, so why not lighten your load?
That ice cream maker you meant to use, the waffle iron that’s never been plugged in, or that toaster oven in the back of the cabinet are perfect candidates for decluttering; they are heavy and they take up space.
Souvenirs, knick-knacks, books and novelties such as half-burned scented candles should also be on the list. If you foster a genuine sentimental attachment to an item, by all means, keep it. Otherwise, you’re just adding weight and bulk, and remember – you’ll have to find somewhere to put it in your new space.
Clothes should also be aggressively targeted. Obvious tosses are things that don’t fit and items that trigger a “What was I thinking?” response. But don’t forget to spend some time on the less-obvious tosses, those items you’re just not sure about. Ask yourself (and answer honestly) how often you pass over the item and if you’d spend money to own it again if it came up missing. Try to develop an “If I don’t adore it, it can’t make the trip!” policy.
Make Unpacking a Joy
Imagine the feeling of opening box after box to discover only your favorite things, then excitedly searching for just the perfect place in your new home for your most-loved treasures. That is by and large the result of decluttering before your move.
As you’re unpacking, though, be sure to save a few boxes for even more tosses. There will almost certainly be items you’ll discover just don’t have a place in your new surroundings – or that you simply don’t love enough to bother with!
Make Way for the Holidays
Whether moving or not, getting rid of clutter in your home is one of the best preparations for the holiday season. Not only does it make room for the influx of gifts that are sure to come, but it makes cleaning and organizing your space so much easier, making holiday gatherings a breeze.
Whatever your motivation, take a little time to free your home of its extra weight. Here are a few great links from realtor.com for more tips!
Tim Jones, warehouse manager at Williams Logistics, Tupelo, was recently awarded the 2015 Award for Excellence in Warehousing and Distribution on behalf of Steve Berkowitz, Executive VP/Director of Supply Chain and Isaac Ravitz, Assistant Supply Chain Manager, for All American Poly Corporation based in New Jersey. In 2015, All American Poly was working with 15 public warehouses around the country (today it is now 17). All American Poly established criteria (Key Performance Indicators) to help them identify facilities that were doing well and those that need improvement. Those Key Performance Indicators included, but not limited to: responsiveness to order acknowledgement, paperwork both inbound and outbound, order accuracy and inventory accuracy. Credit was also given for the amount of customers handled, amount of SKU’s handled, same day service and catching All American Poly mistakes. Out of the 15 warehouses, Tim’s warehouse was one of the Top 3 performers. Williams Transfer and Storage was established in 1940 as a moving and storage company and over the years has branched into logistics, commercial warehousing, supply chain management, order fulfillment, distribution services, and freight transportation.