Everyone knows that moving is not a process to take lightly. There is a lot of planning and preparation to make sure you have a smooth and stress-free moving process. To lighten your load and save money on your move, consider decluttering your home before the actual move day. Just like with the actual move, decluttering can be just as time-consuming so make sure you plan ahead and make time to do this. Here are five tips to go by when thinking about decluttering before a move.
5 Tips To Declutter Your Home Prior To Moving
Mentally Prepare For Your Move
Almost every item you possess has some sentimental or functional value to you otherwise you wouldn’t have it in your home. If you are not mentally prepared to part ways with some items, you may find it hard to throw them away once the decluttering time has come. Once the decision to clean out your home is made you need to detach yourself from all your items so you can properly assess them as you decide what to keep and what to toss.
As mentioned earlier, clearing out your home of clutter can take a long time. Ideally, you should start this clear out process six weeks before your move. If you decide to wait, or not even remove clutter, you will find yourself packing up these useless items on your move day. They will then be in your new home, make a mess of clutter from day one.
Whether it is junk removal, moving or just spring cleaning making piles and categorizing each item is the best strategy there is. Make four category piles: items to be kept, throw away items, items to donate, and items to sell. That way you will know which items will be leaving, which will be saving and which items you could potentially make money off of. If you do not do this, your items will get mixed up which will extend your cleaning process and therefore your packing and moving process.
Get Rid Of Unwanted Items ASAP
Once you deem an item unwanted, get rid of them as soon as you can. This will prevent you from having them lying around catching dust until the day of moving. Throwing them out as soon as you know you won’t need them will allow you to skip this process on the day you actually move. Once you have your unwanted pile of junk, pack them up together in your packing supplies and throw them away. If you need to donate these items, find a charity or donation bin that will take all of your items. You can also have a garage sale as a quick way to get rid of items you no longer need.
Ask For Help
When it comes to any task you need to do, ask for assistance if needed, whether you ask friends, family, or hire a professional, you will find it much easier and quicker to get the task done with help. Nothing is worse than thinking you are OK the day of your cleaning, only to find out you cannot finish due to the large number of items you realize you no longer need.