Moving home is a great time to clear away clutter.
Moving is stressful. But the upside is that it can motivate you to clean out your unwanted, unneeded, and unused belongings. Moving is easier and cheaper when there is less to pack and load into a moving truck. However, you first need to decide what you are keeping and what you are throwing out.
Benefits of decluttering prior to a move
Lighten Your Load – Getting rid of stuff reduces your load. This helps save you money and time throughout your moving process.
Help Others – By donating your unwanted items, you can help others who are in need.
Declutter – Moving to a new home means starting with a clean slate. Without the extra stuff, you can prevent clutter from the start. It also means your home will have more space, and will be cleaner and more organised.
Teaching Moment – If you have children, this is a great time to teach them the value of their possessions. If they have toys and games they don’t play with, they can donate them to children who are less fortunate.
Make Space for New – Moving to your new home means you can make a new start with new things. Create room for the new by getting rid of the old.
How to get rid of stuff
If you have lived in the same house for a while, you may find you have accumulated quite a lot of stuff. If you are tempted to keep something ‘just in case’- don’t. Create three piles – keep, throw away, sell/donate/give away – and stick to them.
Keep Pile - Look honestly at what you use regularly, and what hasn’t been used for more than twelve months. This includes clothes and appliances. Keep what you use regularly and get rid of everything else.
Throw Away Pile – Any items that have stains, rips, breaks, or tears, and don’t work properly or at all should be placed in this pile.
Sell/Donate/Give Away Pile – If any of your items could fetch a decent price, put them in the sell pile. You can sell these items at second-hand stores, garage sales, and online. Any items that are unused, but are still in good condition can be donated to charity. Do not donate items with stains, rips, breaks, or tears.
Once you have gone through everything, take another look at your keep pile. Go through each item again and consider whether you will really use it.
So what do you do with all of the things you have chosen to get rid of? You can:
- Gift items to your friends and family
- Sell unwanted items in a garage sale or online
- Donate to charity
- Throw away objects no one will want (old clothes, broken appliances, etc.)
The final word
Whenever you move to a new house, the first thing you should do is declutter and get rid of unwanted, unneeded, and unused stuff. Although this process takes time and effort, it makes packing, loading, and unpacking a lot easier and faster. It will also save you money when hiring movers or a moving truck. The above guide will make your job easier by helping you get rid of stuff before moving.