How to declutter your house before
tips to help you clean the clutter from your home
before you move
|With a decent effort and good preparation, your
house can look like new.
Moving is generally a stressful affair. Add to it the challenge of packing and
you’ve probably filled your stress quota for at least another year! Packing is the single most strenuous part of
the moving process. After all, you need to pack up your entire life. But don’t fret too
much, there are things you can do to simplify the packing
process. That’s right – it’s time to declutter! It is vital that you
declutter your house before moving. In fact, that is the most useful thing you can do to ease your move. So,
here are some useful tips on how to declutter your house before moving.
Why should you declutter your house before
Decluttering in general is quite beneficial in everyday
life, as it can help increase efficiency and, actually, bring peace of mind and focus. However, there
are many more reasons why you should declutter your house before moving. First of all, there are certainly
things in your house that you haven’t even looked at, let alone used in a year or two, right? Well, those things
are simply using up space. The same way they’re using space in your old home, they will be using space in your
new home. You will feel less stressed in your new
home if it’s devoid of clutter.
|Avoid getting stressed over your house clutter;
instead, get organized
and tackle it in a planned manner.
Also, remember, if you keep the things that you don’t
use, you will later have to pack them. That is, you will have to spend time and energy packing them, pay more for their transport,
unpack them and find a place for them in your own home (and then spend another year or two not using
If you have such things, it is best to get rid of them, as they are of no use to
you. But, be careful, when we say things you don’t use, we truly mean only things that don’t hold personal value to you. For
instance, that doesn’t apply to artwork that you love or mean that you should give up on
the pin collection
hobby that you hold dear. Of course, you’re not going to use such
things too often. But, if you cherish them, then you should take them with you, naturally.
Take the necessary time
Decluttering is not something that you can do at the last minute. So, once you
know your moving date, clear up your schedule and set a date for
decluttering. It should be at least a month in advance and it will most
likely take you more than a day, depending on the size of your house and the amount of clutter. But, when you’re
done, you’ll be left with only the necessary things and you will make your packing process incredibly easier. And
later, you can simply hire professionals and pack in no
|Everything takes time, so put some time aside to
clean up your home from the clutter.
To declutter your house before moving, make a
Make a list of things you’re getting rid of. Now, there
are two ways you can do that. You can make it beforehand, or you can add things to the list as you decide. The first
option would include you knowing every little thing you have in the house, so it’s a bit unlikely. The second
option seems more likely. Make a list as you go through rooms and decide whether to keep something or not.
Afterwards, take a look at the list and reconsider it. Perhaps add something or remove something else from the
Your list should, in general, include the following:
- Broken items, or items that are worn out past the point of
- Clothes that you will most likely not use again.
- Things you’ve forgotten about.
- Duplicate items in your household.
- Expired things, such as medicine or cosmetic products.
Using the list, start decluttering
To declutter your house before moving, you need to be organized and efficient. With the list in
hand, go through one room at a time and take the things you’ve written down. It’s best if you make two piles – one
for the things you want to sell or donate, and one for the things that you need to throw away. Of course, if
something is broken or too worn out, you should simply throw it away. When it comes to clothes, things are a bit
trickier. Mostly, if you’re skillful, you can customize your clothes and “give
them new life.” So think carefully whether you can reinvent your clothes, or if they are of no more use to you at
Decide what to sell and what to donate
Another perk of decluttering is that you can always find useful things that you can later profit from. You don’t have to simply throw away every excess thing to declutter your house before moving.
There are things that others will find useful. And you have the added benefit of earning from it. Choose the things
you think could be sold and organize a garage/yard sale. That way, not only will you be paying less for the move,
but you will also earn some money, as well. You can also go on Facebook or Craigslist, or even eBay, and sell your
items on those platforms.
|No matter what your clutter might be, there's
always a buyer for it,
who needs the exact items you no longer want.
When it comes to donating things, check to see whether your family members or
friends want something from this pile. Perhaps you have a friend that always admired your dress or a cousin that
always wanted the bluegrass guitar
you play? See if they are interested in taking them off your hands.
Also, there are plenty of charities that accept
donations, so do research and get in touch with them. They will be more
than glad to receive useful things that can help someone in need. If you don’t have a car, some chains, like
Goodwill, can pick up your things if you can’t deliver them.
Now pack with ease!
Once you’ve gotten rid of all the things “weighing you
down,” you’ll see how easier the packing process
is! No clutter to get in the way and no clutter to stress you out. Packing
will definitely be a piece of cake after decluttering.