5 Tips to Help You Purge Before Moving into Your New Home

Buying a home at the Lake of the Ozarks is a very exciting time! However, moving can feel like an overwhelming process when you're looking at all the things you need to move into your new home. But it really doesn't have to be stressful if you take the time to purge what you no longer need. So, where to start? Well, we've got some helpful tips to make purging before you pack easy. Check it out. 

1. Clean Out Your Closets
This is probably the toughest purging task you're going to have to go through, so we suggest starting here first to give yourself plenty of time. Chances are you've been holding onto some clothing items for quite some time in hopes that you'll one day be able to wear them again. Before you know it, you're rifling through your closet and stumble across items you haven't worn in years. What do you usually do in that instance? Keep it because now that you remember it, you might wear it one day... or not. Now's the time to be completely honest with yourself. Anything that you haven't worn in the last year needs to go. Anything that no longer fits needs to go. If there's something that you love but it's got stains or tears in it, it's time to let it go. 

2. Go Through Your Dishes
We're all guilty of this - hoarding dishes. Especially storage containers! Let's just take a moment to be honest with ourselves and say there's really no need to have 50 storage containers, and once we've lost the tops, it's probably a good indication that we just need to let it go. But don't just stop at your tupperware. Go through your cups, plates, pots and pans, and electronics too. Do you have a collection of cups you've accumulated over the years from different events you've attended? Or maybe you've got a heaping stack of baking pans because you loan one out and forget to get it back for a few weeks and instead just buy a new one. And what about all those cool gadgets just sitting around your kitchen never getting used, but you just had to have it? Be honest. What do you actually use? Time to start donating or tossing what you don't. 

3. What's Hiding in Your Garage or Attic?
When we run out of places to store our things in the house, rather than getting rid of what we don't need, we tend to just store it away in the garage or attic. You know, for in case we need it in the future. But if we're honest with ourselves, how often do we ever actually need those things again? Besides maybe the holiday decorations, go through what you've stored away and donate or sell anything you're not using. If you've stored away certain items because they hold sentimental value or you want to pass them along to your children one day, separate those items from the rest so they don't accidentally get tossed or donated. But let the rest go to a new home, just not YOUR new home. 

4. Are All Those Knick-Knacks Really Necessary?
Sure, there are things that you'll accumulate throughout the years that have some real sentimental value, and you'll want to hold onto those items. We get that. But what about the collection of dolphin figurines taking over your living room entertainment stand? Do you really need 30+ tiny dolphin figurines to remind you of the one you saw on vacation 10 years ago? Or would one or two suffice? Moving time is really a great time to determine which items are truly meaningful to you and which ones you can let go of. Donate the items you won't be keeping in your collection - surely, someone else will find them just as endearing as you do!

5. Weed Through Your Pantries - Food, Toiletries, Cleaning Supplies
Like most things in life, skin and beauty products don't last forever. So before you move, ditch the pile of half-used products you've amassed under your bathroom sink. Same goes for cleaning products. Chances are you've accumulated several bottles of the "best" cleaners you simply MUST try that are just piling up under your kitchen sink or in the laundry room not being used. And don't forget about your food pantry. Time to toss what's expired and donate what hasn't. Check around to see what items are accepted at the local food drive - you'd be surprised what they'll happily accept!

By purging these 5 areas in your home, you'll find that making the move is much easier and that you have more room than you anticipated in your new home at the Lake of the Ozarks! Not to mention, the amount of relieve you'll feel by not having an overwhelming amount of things to unpack and go through once you do move. For more real estate related tips and information, subscribe to our blog, and visit our website. If you're looking into buying a home at the Lake of the Ozarks, we would love to help you find the perfect home for your needs!

Keller Williams Lake of the Ozarks Realty
858 Hwy 42
Osage Beach, MO 65065 
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