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A Short Guide to Making a Minimalists Moving Checklist Before Relocation

Posted on: January 15, 2021 | by: Hall Lane Movers January 15, 2021

Planning to relocate soon, but you want to move light and bring in as few things as possible to your new address? Whether you’re moving out of state, out of town, or just a few blocks down the street, you want to make things simple and avoid the added stresses of a bigger move.

It’s all about good planning and creating a detailed moving checklist before you even start packing. During the move, many people discover that they have way more belongings than they need anyway.

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Here’s what we suggest:

Downsize, Downsize, Downsize

Even if you’re not moving to a smaller home, downsizing is a great way to move lightly. Make an inventory moving checklist and organize your belongings into three categories – what to keep, what to give/sell, and what to throw away.

For instance, you probably don’t need to pack items such as candles, books, or old DVDs and some of your friends would surely like to have those. Do the same with your larger items and furniture. It will certainly be way easier if you opt to leave some cumbersome stuff behind.


Moving is an ideal opportunity to declutter and get rid of all that unnecessary junk most of us tend to pile up. As you’re sorting through your things, make sure to leave aside all the items that don’t have any useful purpose, sentimental value, or haven’t been used in a very long time.

Pack Methodically

Regardless of whether you’ve rented a moving truck or you’re doing a couple of rounds with your car, you want to keep your items well-organized and have them occupy as little space as possible. Get those sturdy moving boxes and heavy-duty bins that can hold a lot of weight so you can fill them up to the top and take less space in the moving vehicle. You can also opt to get those neat vacuum bags and zip all your clothes, towels, linens, and similar, easily folded materials.

Consider Renting a Storage Unit

If you still have some items that you don’t know what to do with but that are too nice to sell or give away, consider renting a temporary storage unit. This way, you can always decide what to do with those items later on, when you’re settled in your new home.

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Need more help than reading about moving checklist tips? Consider working with Hall Lane – your local moving & storage expert with more than seven decades of experience in the industry. Reach out to our office at 631-734-0212 and get a free quote or a virtual estimate today.