Post # 1
I am currently going through my old college items, my leftover childhood items, and the things I currently own and it is overwhelming trying to decide what to keep! FI and I are trying to downsize a LOT before we move in together, but I still own a lot and I’m not even sure what to keep.
Did any of you go through this? Please share your best tips on decluttering with me, or tell me what you thought you’d need living together but didn’t! I would really appreciate any words of wisdom! (Or a funny story, if you’ve got that!) Thanks Bees!
Post # 2
I just did this so I feel your pain! I actually ended up bringing a lot of stuff with me and getting rid of it when I realized there was no place to put it. Hopefully, you can do better than me and make that judgement call before you lug the item across town 🙂
It might help to set something you’re not sure if you’re going to keep aside and then come back and make the decision later. I was really stuck on this broken clock (sentimental value) and some ratty dishtowels but I came to my senses eventually.
Also, this might not be applicable but it is something I wished I had thought of earlier while I was unpacking- if you are combining kitchens, try to consolidate spices, ziploc bags, cereal boxes, etc. before you move, so you’re only moving one set of each. Or decide whose pots and pans, servingware/flatwar, etc. you are going to use and get rid of the extra set.
Post # 3
I had to do this. I was as ruthless as I could be in terms of getting rid of stuff, but the things I was holding on to, I packed in boxes and dated. My DH and I had an agreement that if the things were still in boxes two months from moving day, he was allowed to get rid of.
It worked. I culled a few more items of mine and managed to get what I wanted into an appropriate place before the two months was up.
Post # 4
flummoxed: I never thought about combining kitchen items! Thank you!
boomer715: That’s a good idea with the dated boxes, I’m not sure I could be that ruthless but gosh do I need to be! Thanks!
Post # 5
I did something similar, if I hadn’t used the item in 6 months or more (unless it was seasonal like an xmas tree stand) it went into a box. When I still didn’t need that stuff by the time we actually moved, it went to goodwill instead! Use it or lose it.