5 Steps to Smart Decluttering BEFORE You Move Home

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Embarking on a new chapter in your life in a different home can be quite an exhausting journey. To make this endeavor easier, decluttering is your best companion. Why should you take old items you no longer need with you to your new home? A move is time for a fresh start and you should definitely take advantage of this opportunity. In this article, we show you the five best tips for decluttering before a move.

A woman decluttering bathroom items in a white drawer, neatly arranging towels, toiletries, and other supplies.

Sorting Out Your Stuff

How often do you really use that one item that’s already gathering dust in your cupboard? Before even thinking about hiring one of the many moving companies you should sort your stuff out. When you start to declutter, you should create three categories: keep, sell or donate, and toss. Are you wondering whether you really need 7 different pots? Dispose of duplicates and be here ruthless. Maybe someone else can benefit from your unworn clothes. Think about selling or giving away things in good condition. And as Marie Kondo has already said, if it does not bring you joy, it has to go.

Giving a Second Life to Your Belongings

Are you wondering what to do with the things you no longer need? Your move should be stress-free in the end. You can sell the items at a garage sale or put them online. Donations can also be a good idea. Do you always ask yourself whether there is a better solution than throwing things away? This can be a good contribution to the community. 

A cluttered bedroom wardrobe filled with disorganized clothes hanging and piled up, shoes on the top shelf, and a floor partially visible with a slipper.

Sell: Turning Clutter into Cash

You can improve your removal budget once again by selling items you need to clear out. Start by determining the value of these items. Then use platforms such as Facebook Marketplace or eBay. You should not set the prices too high. You should also negotiate fairly in the sales process. Good pictures and honest descriptions are another key to success. This way, you can make one or two more purchases during the move with the extra money.

Packing Tips for the Things you Love

How can you be sure that your beloved items will survive the move safely? You should wrap delicate items with bubble wrap and secure them in sturdy boxes. Each box should also be clearly labeled. And with regard to your electronics, you should definitely take photos before you dismantle everything before the move. This way, you will know how to set up the technology in your new home. 

Open wardrobe with assorted clothes and a cardboard box full of clothes on a bed in a cluttered bedroom, perfect for decluttering.

Ensuring Nothing Lefts Get Behind

Last but not least, it is important not to leave anything behind. Double check each room. Do a ‘last sweep ritual’ where you check every corner of your home one more time. Check common overlooked spots like dishwashers, laundry machines, or the attic. And if you want to make the new residents happy, you can leave a note with the most important tips about the flat.

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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