I have a tendency to hang on to things. I mean you never know when you’ll need it right? Unfortunately when it comes time to PCS that can catch up to you! Do you have those boxes that you’ve had since your last PCS, still unpacked? Yeah, me too. But…but what if you need them?! You say, I know, I know, but when it’s time to go and TMO is here you only have so much room for your stuff, so decisions must be made! Here’s my hoarder’s guide to getting rid of junk before you PCS. All tips and tried, and tested by me personally!
1. If you haven’t worn it or used it in a year (or three) ditch it. Unless you have a legit reason for not needing it (I mean of course you won’t be using your snow gear in Hawaii, but you never know when you’ll need it next, so hang on to it).
2. If it’s broken, get rid of it. Either donate it, sell it, or dispose of it responsibly (IE recycle).
3. If it wasn’t unpacked since last PCS, get rid of it. I know, but really, you haven’t touched it in 3 years, you probably won’t need it.
4. Learn the difference between need and want. Do you just want that item, or do you really need it?
5. Do it quickly! You know how it’s easier to pull off the band-aid quickly? Do the same when you are purging your stuff. I like to go through spurts of getting rid of stuff. When the mood strikes I go and don’t look back. Put the stuff you are getting rid of in boxes or bags so you don’t have to look at the stuff until you take it to its final destination.
6. Think of the good you’ll do! There are so many places where you can donate your things to support any number of worthy causes. Sure, you might not need it, but you never know who else will. Think of how many people your old stuff could help! Isn’t that better than taking up space in your closet or collecting dust?
7. Ditch the one use items. Do you have something that was custom-made for your current residence? Or maybe it’s the one thing that’s now been replaced by another multi-use product? Will you realistically be able to use it again? If not, get rid of it.
8. Does it actually go to anything you have or use? Do you have a part to something you no longer have? Maybe sheets to a bed size you no longer have? Get rid of it, you can’t use it if you don’t have the right thing to use it on! Don’t hang on to those items!
9. Remember, it’s not always the thing you miss. Often it’s the memories associated with the item. You’ll always have your memories, even if you don’t have the item. Is it really that precious to you? I have several precious things, heirlooms and things I don’t want broken, however they are safely at my parents house. If things are that important to you, then maybe storing them at a good friend or family member’s might be the best bet.
Getting rid of things isn’t fun (at least not for me) but it’s one of those many things you have to do to make PCS’ing easier. Just remember, all that stuff you pack will have to be unpacked. The less you take with you the more room you’ll have in your new space the faster you can get settled in and unpacked.