If you do not own a home assume you will be renting and moving until you do, so do not spend a ton on furniture. You furniture will get banged up, break, or you won’t want to pay for the extra weight during the move.
- If it is easy to part with then do that. Let Go is a great app that allows you to sell unwanted items, and there is always craigslist. Here’s my Let Go Inventory.
- Make a registry with Ikea and the Container Store and add all your want items for your new home there (but don’t share them just yet). After you move in and start getting settled, see if you really need all those items you wanted. Do you prefer the more open space? Did you find something else you needed more? After 10 days of the official move-in date reassess your registry and then share with family and friends (they have the option to have it sent straight to you or can bring it to your housewarming party).
- Try to only keep what is absolutely necessary to your lifestyle. When I first moved to New York I wanted to keep everything I had acquired through vintage shopping over the years, but by the first Spring I was already donating trash bags full of “worthless” and “space hogging” items. Keep what brings you joy and what you use often. Everything else can go.
- Access the cost of moving against buying new, especially if you are moving across the country. Looking back Philip and I should have sold everything and bought fresh up here in New York. Instead we spent about $4k to get a Pod sent up here with all our furniture, and then $1k more to travel up here with our cats. In reality, we could have spent $1k on new items and not had to hire movers to help bring stuff up the stairs. But now that we are in NY, it will cost us $300 for movers to take all our items across town and do everything for us.