How to organize a minimalist move to Manhattan

If you are about to relocate to Manhattan, you are most likely going to encounter some (if not all) of these issues: The need to downsize, high moving costs, and scheduling problems. This is what makes this particular relocation kind of tricky to pull off. You might want to resort to what is called a “minimalist move”. What this entails is that either you or, let’s say, your movers Upper West Side, relocate only the minimal number of items to make the relocation cheaper, more convenient, and easier to handle. Organizing a minimalist move to Manhattan is all about decluttering. In this article, we will show you the best way to do it, as well as provide you with some useful tips about the process.

How to make the most out of a minimalist move to Manhattan?

Before you begin with the relocation, you will want to consider these three things:

  • Decluttering is the “name of the game”
  • Temporary storage solutions
  • Clear goals

Whether you are performing a DIY relocation or hiring one of the local moving companies NYC has to offer, these three things are going to be the crux of your efforts. The most important part, of course, is to ensure that you are relocating only the necessary items from your previous home or office. But the other two parts are quite important as well. To achieve the best results, you will want to go through each step.

a street in NYC
You will most likely need to downsize in Manhattan.

The decluttering process

The basics of minimalism are to “live with less”. Now, this is something that is different for everyone. You might imagine minimalism as a bare room with only the items that are necessary for your daily survival. But that is wrong. Minimalism is simply only holding on to the things that bring significant value to your life. Everything else is not really required. Of course, everyone has different priorities and values items on their own, unique, scale. What might be very important to some of us might be insignificant to others. Therefore, the first step is to identify what is it that you find essential.

Creating a plan for a minimalist move to Manhattan

To figure that out, you are going to need a plan. Now, if you haven’t gone through a decluttering process before, you may not have an idea of what it entails. It is a very time-consuming process and you will want to start on it as soon as you can. But try and keep it simple. First, you will want to figure out what are the things you want to remove from your household. The non-essential items. Second, what are you going to do with them?

It is best if you sort the items into categories such as furniture, books, toys, decorative items, gadgets, devices, etc. That way, you will have a clear outline of the work that is ahead of you. Depending on the size of your home, this can take anywhere from a few hours to weeks. But this is something that you need to do before you start looking into local movers in Manhattan NY. The fewer items you have to relocate, the cheaper and smoother the move is going to be.

person preparing for a minimalist move to Manhattan
Before you proceed, make sure to create a valid plan.


Once you start the decluttering process in earnest, there will be a lot of sorting to do. The easiest way to go about this process is to create three “piles”. You can call them however you want but for the purpose of this article we will be calling them “Donation” “Recycle” and “Throw away”. Everything that is in good condition can go into the donation pile, recyclable items go into the recycle pile, and anything that does not belong in either will be thrown away. Do note that you can’t simply toss everything you wish outside, there might be strict rules and regulations. It is best to inform yourself of any such restrictions before you start throwing things away.

Decluttering “rules”

To make the process easier, you might want to adopt a few ground rules. First, get rid of the guilt. It has no place when trying to conduct a minimalist relocation. For example, if you have several paintings that you are holding on to just because they were a gift, simply let go of them. They are clutter at this point. 

Another item type that you really need to leave behind is the “negative energy” items. Basically, any item that “weighs you down” should not be carried with you. This includes clothing that you can’t fit into anymore, any mementos from failed romances, that sort of thing. If you want a happy life, surround yourself with “happy items”. Simple as that.

Also, anything that you haven’t used in a period of about a year (and are not planning on using for a considerable time) does not have a place in a minimalist move. If we are going by the “ultra-minimalist” rules, if an item was not used in the last three months and you are not planning on using it in the next three months, it goes into one of the piles. Follow your instinct on this one but you may want to err on the side of decluttering.

a cluttered room
Decluttering is a lot easier if you follow the “rules”.

Minimalist move to Manhattan how to – Temporary storage solutions

Now, the truth of the matter is that most of us are still going to retain a lot more items than we really should. This is something that can be “remedied” by utilizing a temporary storage solution. You can simply store all the items that you don’t think you will need and see how it goes. As time passes, you will see which items you miss dearly and which you do not. You can always get rid of them in the latter case. Besides, there are many cheap storage solutions available, and there are also solutions that offer amazing convenience. For example, Simplify Valet Storage & Moving NYC offers an exceptional storage service, where you can simply “order” your items to be brought back from storage. This allows you to have your items when you need them, without worrying about the trip to the storage unit.

Setting your goals

The last thing you need to think about is setting realistic goals. Chances are that you can easily justify keeping all of your items if you really want to. And relocating within the city of New York with too many items can drain your moving budget before you know it. Set some goals such as “keep only 1/3 of my mountain biking equipment” or “donate at least two boxes to charity”. They will help you stay on track for your minimalist move to Manhattan.

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