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Eight simple rules for decluttering your home before the big move

Time to read: 6 min.

Eight simple rules for decluttering your home before the big move

Decluttering your home can be a difficult and time consuming task. Not only do you need to find the motivation to sift through all your belongings, but you also need to have the heart to let go of old possessions, some of which may have sentimental value or may seem too good to throw away. While it’s normal to want to keep things which stir up old memories, holding onto things which serve you no purpose just adds to the mess and chaos of moving house.

For some, the idea of decluttering can seem overwhelming, however, it is actually a very therapeutic activity. Organising and prioritising your belongings before you move house is the perfect opportunity to free up more space in your new house, leaving you with less to pack, less to clean and less to worry about. It will also help you simplify your life and give you the opportunity to make some extra cash along the way.

Follow these eight simple tips to turn moving house into a dream rather than a nightmare:

Be prepared

Before you start decluttering, make sure you have plenty of plastic bags, solid, quality boxes, packing tape, labels, bubble wrap and a black marker (these items can be purchased from Top Removals).

Organise yourself so that you have four boxes in front of you, labelled KEEP, SELL, DONATE and THROW AWAY.

Items which are too good to be thrown away or donated can be sold at a garage sale or on eBay or Gumtree.

Pace yourself

Rather than trying to de-clutter all at once, try one or two rooms a day. This is a much more efficient way to organise your belongings. Aim to complete one space before moving on to the next so that you aren’t too overwhelmed by the process.

Get rid of anything you haven’t used or worn for a year

If you can’t remember the last time you used an item or wore a piece of clothing, perhaps it’s time to get rid of it.

If you find clothes that are just taking up unnecessary space in your cupboard and haven’t been worn in a long time, ask yourself whether you really need them. If it doesn’t fit, is damaged or hasn’t been worn in over a year, it’s probably time to throw away, sell or donate.

If you have items in your household which haven’t been used in over a year, such as dishes, appliances and sporting gear, there’s a good chance you will never use them.

Throw out food items that are out of date

Use this opportunity to not only clean out your pantry, and get rid of expired items, but also give your fridge a good clean out too.

Useless paper work

We all tend to hold onto paperwork, just in case we need it, especially if it has something to do with our taxes. If you’re too worried about getting rid of important paper work, you can always scan it and keep it on file. Otherwise, get rid of it.

Get rid of broke or faulty objects

If you have stashed something away for the last six months, waiting for the day to take it to go get repaired, get rid of it. If you’re genuinely planning on getting it fixed, send it away and do it, rather than leaving it to gather more dust.

Clean up your Office space

It is well proven that cleaning up and decluttering your office space makes you more productive. Use your move as the perfect opportunity to sort out your odds and ends, throw out old bills, and get rid of the clutter occupying your work space.

If in doubt, sleep on it

If you’ve decided to get rid of some junk in your house but can’t stop thinking about whether you made the right decision or not, sleep on it. If you’re still thinking about it in the morning, just hold onto it. You can always throw it out another time.

After all that hard work of de-cluttering, you now have to ensure that you don’t let the clutter back into your new place. When you’re about to purchase something, make sure you really need it. Whilst it might be nice for a week or two, it may soon gather dust and end up at the bottom of your cupboard.

Try and keep your home tidy in general, so that you have less work to do in the future, and if you can rent or borrow an item which you seldom use, you will not only save space, but money too.