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How to Declutter Before Moving House

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Decluttering for Moving: Preparations

  • Enter a date. You should do this at least a month in advance. It may take more than one day. You should make sure that you don't have anything else to do during this time. There shouldn't be any children, spouse, or guests. People reach their peak productivity levels when they work alone.
  • Create a list. This is to create a basic plan. It is possible to make it more detailed or simply list the rooms of your home. You can also leave a large blank space underneath each room and note the items that you wish to get rid.
  • Keep the idea in your heart. It is difficult to let go of everything in our materialistic society. To be 100% sure that you will do it, take your time. You should establish some guidelines. Set some rules. "Expired things go on list, regardless of what", "things that I'm not going to use, go onto the list, regardless of what", etc.
  • Set a deadline. Although this might not work for everyone, if you are a person who thrives under pressure, then go for it.
  • Ensure you have what you need. Having the necessary packing boxes to box your belongings before hand helps with organization!


Decluttering before you move


    • Meditate. Spend at least half an hour doing nothing. Clear thinking is the best way to begin.
    • Only one room at a moment. You might get distracted and end up doing nothing.
    • Get everything out. Empty out all containers to save time and give you a better understanding of what you have.
    • Decide on what you really need. This is the most important question you should ask yourself.
    • Start by using paper. Paper tends to accumulate in every home. You might need to spend a full day dealing with all the documents, manuals and old books that have been stored in your library for over 40 years. The pages can be so fragile that your fingers will break them. You will feel much better once you have cleared away all the paper.
    • Segregate questionable items. This is the most important step because it allows you to see what you need. Four sheets of old paper can be used. Make sure you have enough space. Place expired items on the first sheet. On the second one, place broken or damaged items. On the third, place items you don't plan to use in the future. On the fourth, place items you think will be okay but won't fit into the space.
    • Get rid of the junk. The first two items should be thrown away. It is a good idea not to dispose of anything dangerous for the environment, such as old batteries, cell phones, and fireworks. Anything that doesn't fall under the domestic junk category could pose a danger. You can find out how to dispose of these items online. If you have bulky items, especially electronics, you can use a rubbish removal company.
    • Evaluate working items. After you have decided that you don't need the items on your last two sheets of paper, go through them and assess if they are fit for use. They can be given to friends or sold.
    • Repeat until you're happy. You might do this in multiple rooms.

Tips to clear clutter before you move house

Although it would be hard to believe that people thought up special methods for de-cluttering, there are some good ones and they have helped a lot people who struggle to part with their belongings.


      • Give away a single item per day. This is not a time-saving strategy and should not be used if you are moving house. This can be very beneficial for those who are looking for a gentler method to eliminate clutter.
      • Closet hanger experiment. According to them, if you haven’t worn certain clothes in six months, then you don’t need them. This is the perfect way to identify those clothes using the Closet Hanger Experiment. You can hang all of your clothes in one direction, and switch them to the opposite direction every time you use them. You'll be able to see which clothes you haven't used in six months.
      • The 12-12-12-12 challenge. It is very simple. Find 12 items that you want to donate, 12 to toss, and 12 to sell. Don't worry if this doesn't work, you can always donate. You'll be able to get rid of 36 things you don't need.
      • Daily schedule. A productive workday starts with segregating and focusing on a specific field. This can be applied to your home by creating a 10-day schedule where you choose what to toss. Day 1, throw away any unneeded papers. Day 2, throw away batteries. Day 3, throw away all plastic bottles. Your schedule is up to you.
      • Use storage if in doubt. Although it might seem uncreative and lazy, time is valuable. Our primary goal is to reduce stress and remove unnecessary materials from our lives. The things we are unable to decide about cause the most stress. If you find certain objects, especially bulky, too difficult to think about, call a storage company and ask them to store them for a time. You'll be able to see if you can live without them. If it is, you can always get them back.


Decluttering your home before you move

You shouldn't expect to make a lot of money from this. Instead, you should plan how to lower your moving expenses. If you are able to send the right items, you may be able to get some extra cash. After all, junk can be treasure.


    • eBay. You can create an eBay account to sell unwanted items to interested buyers. You can sell your old artwork, music collection, books, and other items using eBay's safe and secure platform.
    • Craigslist. You can post a Craigslist listing relevant to your location if you don't want to deal with the hassle of shipping. This is especially true for larger items such as furniture, electronics, and bookcases. Craigslist is a better place to sell these items. Craigslist gives your items the best local exposure. Buyers also come to you with cash.
    • Take your junk to the local recycling center. You can also call the local removals company to arrange for them to collect your unwanted goods and take them to your local recycling center. This is a great way to clear your home of clutter.
    • Garden sale. Place a table at the front of your house and place a few price tags. Watch your house become a trendy vintage shop. You can sell small items such as dishware and forgotten toys. You can get to know your neighbors, learn how to haggle, and make a lot of money all at once. This idea came from a family who had a yard sale several weeks before moving to Germany. They then moved their UK property.
    • Sell used books to your local bookstores These books are often forgotten by many people. However, if you don't have enough paper books to hand, it is a good idea to sell them. Books are heavy, and books can be very heavy when packed . You might not need to have paper books if you aren't sure. E-books are becoming more popular so this is a great place to sell them.
    • Give it away to your friends. Let's face the facts, most people don't want to spend much money. So even a garden sale may not be very successful. The only thing left is to give it away. This is where your friends come in handy. You can also sell your services for a favor. Godfather style.
    • Donations. Donate if all else fails. Your junk could be someone's perfect gift. Giving is the true spirit and spirit of the season.
    • Donate your old books to the local library. There are many places that sell used books, but sellers don't like books with poor covers. The main concern for used bookstores is that the book has a brightly colored cover so potential buyers are attracted. They will not accept any fragile books. The local library wouldn't turn you away, however.
    • Practice letting go.

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