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How to Declutter Your Home Before Moving: A Guide

August 27, 2021

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Are you getting ready for your next big move? Whether you’re moving out of your family home for the first time, you’re downsizing, or you’re moving to a bigger and nicer place, you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you!

You have to clean, pack, get movers to help you, gather all of your important documents, and get yourself from point A to point B. Where do you start?

You should always declutter your home before you start the packing and moving process. 

Decluttering is an all-day job (if not more). It requires strong focus and commitment, and it’s both physically and mentally exhausting. We’re here to offer some tips.

Keep reading to learn all about how to clean out your home and get rid of stuff before you move. 

Gather Supplies First

Decluttering isn’t as simple as throwing some things into the garbage and keeping the rest. You’re going to need supplies if you want the process to go as smoothly as possible.

Depending on how many rooms that you need to declutter, the content of the rooms, and the amount of “stuff” that you have, your supply list will vary.

First, make sure that you have garbage bags. These bags aren’t for items that you’re throwing out; they’re for actual trash. You might be thinking that there’s no trash in your home, but are you sure of that? 

Consider how quickly piles of receipts, old mail, and wrappers build up in purses and cupholders of cars. There’s a good chance that such things are piling up in your home as well.

You’re also going to want boxes and cleaning supplies. 

Tips: Boxes

You’re going to need several boxes. Label boxes with:

  • Keep
  • Donate
  • Throw away
  • Wrong room
  • Fix or repurpose 
  • Sell

The “keep” and “throw away” boxes are self-explanatory. Use the donate box for items you’re giving to friends or donating to local charities or thrift stores. For items in good condition that you think you can get money for, put them in the “sell” box. 

For items that you don’t want to throw away, but they aren’t in the best condition, throw them in the “fix or repurpose” box to avoid being wasteful. For example, you can use ripped clothing as cleaning rags or padding for your move. 

While it might seem strange, the “wrong room” box is crucial. When you’re decluttering, you’re going to go section-by-section. You don’t want to have to go from one room to another to place an item where it belongs. 

This way, you throw it in the box and deal with it later. 

Make Lists

When you have your supplies, you’re going to start making lists. You won’t include every individual item, but you want a general idea of what things you want to take to your new home. 

Start with large items.

What furniture do you plan on bringing and what do you want to buy when you get there? What about kitchen appliances and utensils? 

If your new home is smaller than your current one, how many boxes are you willing to pack for each room in comparison to the amount of stuff that you have now? 

Make lists for each room. This helps you isolate and pack important objects so you can spend less time deliberating. 

Start Small

As we mentioned before, you’re going section-by-section when you declutter. When you clean, it’s best to go through the entire house at once. Decluttering requires more time and attention, and you’ll see better results if you commit to a single room (or even a single closet or cabinet).

Staying in one area stops you from getting distracted and it allows you to pack more quickly when you’re done decluttering. Because you should pack your items by the room that they’re going to, it’ll be easy to move the “keep” box to individual packing boxes. 

When you’re staying in one space, you’re not giving yourself the opportunity to lose focus with unrelated projects. 

Don’t Overthink It

This is one of the biggest struggles when it comes to decluttering a home. People overthink the process and slow themselves down. They pick up an object and spend too much time considering whether or not it’s worth keeping. 

Take a page from Marie Kondo’s book: if it doesn’t spark joy, it goes. An item either has to be useful or it has to bring you happiness. Why else would you take it with you?

If you pick up an object and don’t know that you want to keep it, let it go. Most of us have items that we haven’t seen in years. If you didn’t need it then, you don’t need it now. 

Ask for Help

Decluttering is a process. You don’t have to do it by yourself. Whether you live alone or you have an entire household moving with you, it’s time to divide and conquer. 

Have different people work on different rooms. If they find something that they think may be sentimental, they can set it aside until you can take a look at it. When you have people helping you, the decluttering process will be done in a flash. 

Declutter Your Home Before Your Big Move

Before you start hiring movers and packing your bags, it’s time to declutter your home. Sure, it seems overwhelming now, but as long as you plan ahead and follow these helpful tips, you’ll have a tidy space in no time. 

Remember: gather supplies, ask for help, start small, make a list, and don’t overthink anything. Grab some boxes and get started!

Are you getting ready to move to a new home? Our experienced movers want to help you! Contact American Moving & Storage Solutions for a quote today.

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