14 Easy Tips To Declutter Before Your House Move
Most of us are guilty of hanging on to things too long. Never is this more evident than when moving home. The last thing you want to do is increase packing (and moving costs) by taking ‘stuff’ with you that’ll simply clutter up your lovely new home. Our experts have some quick tips and hacks to help you say goodbye to clutter.
- Stop staring, start doing!
The hardest step is just getting started. “I’ll do it next Bank Holiday…”, “I just need a plan…”. “Maybe if I leave it long enough pixies will come and take it away for me?”. We all prevaricate but sometimes you just need to dive right in and get started or it’ll never happen.
- Is it useful or sentimental?
It’s natural to hold on to things of sentimental value. Sometimes we hold on too long, so ask yourself are you going to display it, use it, repair/upcycle, if the answer is ‘no’ then it’s probably time to let go.
- Don’t find excuses not to let go.
“But “XXX” gave me this…”, “But this reminds me of…”, “But what if one day…”. We all find reasons not to let go. Apply the rule above, sometimes, you’ve just got to let go to move on.
- Don’t dump it, store it.
Some items are too precious/useful to let go and that’s fine, you really might want them in the future. That’s what storage is for. It lets you keep what really is going to be of use again without reducing the size of your home but taking up useful living space.
- Reduce now, replace later.
Some of that ‘stuff’ can probably be replaced with new items. It’s ok to let things go and enjoy the luxury of new and improved when the time comes.
- One man’s junk…
Items not going into storage can still be valuable. Offering items on ebay, Freebay, Facebook Marketplace can give them a second lease of life without adding to landfill. You could even make a few pennies to redecorate that old dumping room.
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- 90/90 Rule
Have you used that item in the last 90 days? Are you going to use it in the next 90 days? If the answer is ‘no’ then it’s time to let it go or store it elsewhere.
- You don’t wear it well.
Clothes and shoes can be a major cause of clutter. Simple test, if you haven’t worn something in the last year, there’s probably a reason. They can have a good life elsewhere with a new owner.
- Work room by room.
If you have multiple cluttered rooms or areas, don’t try and tackle them all at once. Simplify the task by doing one room at a time. As the various mountains get smaller, you’ll have a more manageable amount of items to make final decisions about.
- Set easy goals.
Decide what the end result should be. Once decluttered you can redecorate or repurpose that reclaimed space by turning it into the studio/dressing room/home office you’ve always dreamed of.
- Do the rubbish bag dash.
Grab 5 rubbish bags. Your challenge is to fill those bags quickly with stuff you know needs to go. No pausing, make quick, simple decisions on stuff that you just don’t need. It can be easier than you think once you get started. That’s 5 bags done. Take a breather, have a well-earned cuppa then go for the next 5 bags. Look at you go!
- 10, 10, 10
Another simple challenge to get you started. Chose 10 items to go, 10 items to donate, 10 items to keep.
- Take before and after photos.
To keep inspiring yourself for the next room and spaces to clear, take a before and after photo of the first room you declutter, so you can see just how great the difference is.
- Bring in reinforcements.
Get a friend to help. They don’t have the emotional attachment and can assist you in making clearer decisions about what you really do or don’t need to hold on to.
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