Decluttering before moving: your one-stop guide for preparing your home

Decluttering your home is perhaps the most foreboding task that you face when looking to move house. After years spent living in the same house, you could easily have accumulated vast amounts of unwanted items packed away in forgotten corners of the building. Nonetheless, it’s a task that must be done, as it will make your move much easier, and also cheaper as you’ll have fewer belongings to move on the big day. So, to get you started, here is your step-by-step guide to properly decluttering your home.

Draw up a schedule
With an entire house to move, the task can seem daunting and almost insurmountable. However, with a carefully scheduled plan of which rooms you will tackle and when, the whole job will seem more manageable. It also helps keep you on track, ensuring you are fully packed up ahead of your removal date.

Start decluttering visible spaces
Decluttering visible spaces first has a few key benefits. Namely, if you are still in the process of finding a buyer, a decluttered home is much more appealing and is easier to sell. Secondly, it makes the rest of your packing process much easier. You will find that there is more space on which to lift things out of cupboards and organise your possessions.

Next, dive into hidden spaces
This is where decluttering your home becomes more challenging, and no doubt you will unearth some hidden treasures. Just be sure to be as thorough as possible the first-time round. Don’t leave the cupboard thinking “I’ll do that one later” as you will soon find you have a number of hidden recesses all around the home that still need packing a few days before the move. Instead, systematically work through each and every space, only leaving behind the bare essentials you’ll still need to use around the home.

Carefully store everything
Once you remove an item from its place, be sure to store it carefully in a well-organised box. It helps if you first establish a packing system and label all of the individual boxes. Then, as you retrieve an item, stick it straight in the box. Once a box is done, place it carefully to one side. By following this step properly, you will have a much easier move and a much easier time when it comes to unboxing your possessions again.

It’s time to get ruthless
When it comes to decluttering your home for a move, you have to be ruthless. If you come across bowls and dinner sets that haven’t been used for years, then get rid of them. It’s not worth hanging on to them as it simply means you’ll need to pay more to move them and will need to find somewhere for them in your new home. Instead, think of what can be sold and list it online or take it to a charity store. If you come across old hordes of unwanted documents, get to work shredding and recycling them.

Stop buying things!
The final step to decluttering your home is to stop buying things now, especially large items like garden furniture which will soon need to be transported. If you want to buy anything new, then make a note of it and order it once you arrive at your new home, not before.

Well, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get to work! Draw up your list of jobs to do and get started. Also, it’s a good idea to sort your removals company as early as possible to ensure you get a great deal and a respectable local firm. Here at Armishaws Removals & Storage we offer a truly professional removals service and have helped numerous families all across the UK to move homes. Just click here to find out more about the service we offer.

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