You’ve found your dream home, and now it is time to begin the moving process. You look around your current home filled with old furniture, bins of your kid’s old toys, and clothes you haven’t worn in years. Where do you even start? Well, we can help you out with that. One of the best ways to establish a stress-free move is to declutter your home! Not only will decluttering your home make you feel better, but it is also an excellent way to honor the memories you made in your old house before starting a whole new chapter. Here is how to declutter your home before moving!
As soon as you know when you will be moving, it’s always a good idea to begin early with the decluttering process. Now, do not try to get it all done in one day. You want to start a few months in advance and take your time in every single room in your home. It is way less stressful if you give yourself plenty of time to get it done. Not only that, but you will be able to make better decisions and give each item fair consideration. Rather than immediately throwing everything in a box to take to the new house. So take your time and start the process early on!
You always want to be prepared when decluttering your home. Be sure to have plenty of heavy-duty trash bags on hand, as well as some moving boxes or bins. The trash bags will be for what you want to get rid of, and moving boxes will be for the things you want to keep or even donate. A paper shredder is useful for documents that are older than seven years that you don’t want to bring with you. Be prepared with plenty of packing tape and packing paper for anything that needs to be wrapped up. These supplies will aid you in the decluttering of your home!
Now for the fun part, you want to conquer every room in your home! It sounds daunting, but when cleaning, you want to have three separate piles: keep, toss, and donate. This will help organize and differentiate what you are getting rid of and what you are saving. You can always add a fourth pile for the items that you are not sure about. Once you have completed decluttering the room, look back through the piles and see if you would like to make any changes. You might decide that you don’t want to keep something after all and would instead donate it. Once you have sifted through the piles again, pack them up into their designated boxes.
Last but not least, you want to be discerning. We understand that it can be so tempting to keep everything. But, it is essential to know that the more things you save, the more things you will have to move. When you declutter a home for a move, you must think about how often you use an item, where that item will go in the new home, and whether you love it or not. Anything you haven’t used in the last year should probably toss it or donate. It is likely you will not use it in your new home. When it comes to things like home décor or clothing, you must ask yourself if it’s something you genuinely love. Does it bring you happiness? If you don’t have strong feelings about it, get rid of it! If you don’t love it or need it, leave it behind to make room for new things that you do want or need.
Congratulations, you have decluttered your home! After all the effort you’ve put into decluttering your home, be sure to keep these simple tips in mind to prevent clutter from returning in the future. Your future self will thank you for it!