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Getting Ready to Move? Declutter Your Stuff First

It is exciting to think about moving—but as soon as you look around at all the stuff you have to pack, you might want to stay where you are!

Getting ready for your upcoming move starts with decluttering. You're ready to declutter your house, but how do you decide what's worth keeping?

Start Early and Small

Taking stock of all your stuff when you know you're moving can be overwhelming. That's why it's best to start small and early.

It is always better to start decluttering as soon as you discover you are moving. The longer you wait, the more daunting the task will seem. However, even if the move is months away, it will be well worth your time to start.

Declutter your bedroom one area at a time. Clean out the closet one day, and then tackle the dresser. Focusing on manageable goals will help you stay motivated.

Eliminate Things You Don't Use

With most things in your possession, you should eliminate them if you haven't used them in the last six months.

However, if you're still struggling to get rid of something, consider these questions.

  • How often do you use it?

  • Is it easy to replace?

  • Is it outdated?

  • Do you own similar items?

You'll know what to do if you answer these questions honestly.

But if you are still conflicted, ask yourself, "Is it worth the effort, time, and space to move this item into my new home?" If not, let it go.

Check Expiration Dates

You are likely to have some expired items in your bathroom and pantry that might be top candidates for decluttering. Before packing anything, check the expiration dates. For example, you can store spices for many years but lose their potency after six months. So if you have had that spice jar for some time, open it and smell it.


Several makeup products, such as concealer and lipstick, expire after one year. While using old makeup won’t harm you, this is an excellent time to discard products you haven’t used in years.

Reward the Decluttering

The best way to go through everything thoroughly is to have several deep decluttering sessions over several weekends.

You don't have to dread it. Instead, turn on some music, invite some friends, serve plenty of cold drinks, and get the whole family together.

Then, after everyone has worked hard, reward them with a dinner or a movie to show your appreciation.

Work on Your Mementos Last

As a tip, when you declutter your home before moving, you're more likely to give away things without sentimental value than you are to give away mementos with sentimental value. As a result, tackle the mementos last in your decluttering process.

Consider whether you really love the item or the memory that comes with it instead. If it is only the memory, take photos of the things. Then make a small scrapbook of the pictures, which you can keep as one single memento.

Or, consider giving the item to a family member or friend. You may be able to let go of it more easily if you know it will go to a good home.

Donate or Sell

Once you've gone through each room in your house, sell or donate what you don't need. Getting rid of that clutter will free you up to move, and you might make a little bit of money to offset your expenses.

Declutter Before Your Move

Decluttering before moving will provide a fresh start in your new home. We can make your move even easier! Contact us today for a free quote!