So you’ve decided to move. You know when and where you are moving. You know how. All you need is to pack and then hire a removal company to take it all away. But there’s an extra step you can complete before you call for the removals company, its one I like to call ‘get ruthless’.
I used to live in central London. When I moved there, it was all a bit of a rush. I had no time to shop around for removal quotes so I hired the first removals company that could fit me in to their time schedule. They piled all my things in to the back of a huge moving truck, and drove the 40 mile-journey to London. The trouble was that my new flat was much smaller than my old flat. Once the removal guys had dropped all the boxes off at my new flat, I could barely move. I looked around and thought to myself ‘where has all this come from?’ I don’t remember having so much stuff. Whilst unpacking it all, I realised that half of it was junk. I could have put about 50% of it back in the removal van, and asked them to drive it straight to the dump.
Instead of chucking it all in the bin, I found a place for everything. I unpacked it all and forgot about it until I came to move again. Luckily, this time I had more time to think about it. I had time before I needed to hire a removals company. So I used this time to get ruthless.
I went through all of my things meticulously, thoroughly scrutinising my need for every item. I’m no hoarder, but the amount of useless junk I had accumulated over the years was farcical. I wasn’t proud of it, but I was proud to be doing something about it. I even decided to lose an entire sofa. Some charities and furniture removal companies will even take some furniture away for you for free. And in some parts of London the council will come and remove it for free the next day. It’s worth looking into if you have larger items you need moving.
I started to wonder why I hadn’t done this before. The best part of the story is that once I had finished, I was able to make a great saving in terms of removal costs, as I was now fit all my things into one single van. I called a man with a van removal service, shoved it all in and drove to my new home and unpacked without that question ‘where did this come from?’ ringing in my ear.
So if you’re looking to move, why not use it as the perfect excuse to get ruthless. Do you have two or more of the same thing when you only really need one? Do you need all this furniture? Does it have any function? Do I really need 6 back-up duvets? Really think long and hard about everything you own, and get rid of it if you don’t need it.
Also, have you been thinking of getting a new bed but have been waiting for the right time? Why not use this as an excuse? Get rid of your old bed now, and get a new one as soon as you move in.
I know it’s hard to get rid of things, you never know when you might need it, right? But be honest, will you ever need it? Don’t get emotional, get ruthless! And save yourself time, hassle and money both now and in the long run.