One of the best things you can do to help make your move stress-free is to declutter your home before you pack up your things. Decluttering is also a good way to commemorate the memories you made in your old home before you begin a new chapter. Even if you might not think your home is that cluttered, chances are you have a few things around that you could do without. The closer you look, the more you will find.
The best time to get rid of any excess is when you are getting ready for a move. Getting rid of items you don’t want or need will help save you time, money and effort. Decluttering before you move means that you won’t waste time packing away things that you no longer want or need. You will end up using fewer boxes, using less space on a moving truck and require less manpower to help you move everything to your new home.
Come Up With A Plan
You will want to get moving before you need to start packing so you can focus on decluttering. Your decluttering plan should include the types of things you want to get rid of and what you’re going to do with them. Some items, like furniture, will need more planning if you want to donate them, so think about what types of items you want to dispose of and start looking at the options on how to do that. Categories of things you will want to declutter can include:
- Kitchen items
- Outdoor gear
The amount of time that this first decluttering step will take will depend on how big your home is, how much stuff you own and how long it’s been since you’ve gone through and sorted these things. Planning ahead helps you understand what needs to be done to tackle it in the most efficient way possible.
Start by picking a room, a drawer or a category of items and start sorting. For every item that you will not be keeping, put it into one of three piles:
For any new or gently used items that someone else could use, you can donate them. You can get a little creative about where to donate them. Places such as schools, libraries, community centers, animal shelters and non-profit organizations will usually have a use for the things that you do not want.
Things like paper, glass and plastics are obvious for this pile, but things like batteries, electronics, appliances and even crayons can be recycled if taken to the right place.
If you can’t repurpose it or recycle it and you no longer need the item, then you can toss it in the trash. As long as you do your best to donate and recycle as many items as possible, you can still help reduce what ends up in the landfill.
Follow The General Rules Of Decluttering
One of the hardest things about decluttering is saying goodbye to items you have held onto for a long time. Just because something has been with you for years doesn’t mean it has value, though. Use these guidelines to help you speed up your decluttering process and find out what really matters to you.