Planning an upcoming move? Before you start boxing up your belongings, make sure you take the time to declutter. Decluttering gives you the opportunity to re-evaluate what you need and what you don’t, meaning you have less stuff to pack and transport during your move. By eliminating unnecessary items, you won’t pay to move items you no longer need, and you can start your new chapter with a clean slate, free from clutter and unnecessary baggage. Ready to get decluttering? Here are some simple tips to help you get started.
Create A Plan And Set Goals
Breaking down the decluttering process into smaller, more manageable steps can make the process more achievable. Start by making a checklist of the areas or rooms you want to declutter and prioritise these areas based on the amount of clutter they contain.
Sort And Categorise
Once you have your plan in place, it’s time to start sorting and categorising your belongings. Begin with one area at a time and go through each item individually. Create separate piles for items you want to keep, donate, sell or discard. As you make these decisions, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I use this item regularly?
- Does it hold sentimental value?
- Can I easily replace it if needed?
- Does it fit my new home and lifestyle?
Answering these questions will help you determine whether an item is worth keeping or if it’s time to let it go.
Donate Or Sell Unwanted Items
Once you have identified items you no longer want to keep, consider donating or selling them. Many charitable organisations gladly accept donations of item in good condition, such as clothing, furniture and kitchenware. These donations can benefit those in need while also reducing your clutter. If you’re looking to make some money, you can sell these items through online platforms or organise a garage sale.
Dispose Of Unsalvageable Items
For items that are no longer usable or are in poor condition, it’s important to dispose of them properly. While most items can be placed in your general waste or taken to the dump, reach out to a professional waste management company for guidelines for disposing of large or hazardous items. Waste management companies can provide information on recycling centres, bulk waste collection or specific disposal methods for items like electronics or bulky appliances.
Organise Packing Supplies
Stock up on sturdy boxes in various sizes, packing tape, bubble wrap and markers for labelling. Having these supplies ready will make the packing process much smoother once you’ve finished decluttering.
Create A Systematic Packing Strategy
With your belongings sorted and unwanted items removed, it’s time to start packing. Develop a systematic packing strategy to ensure a more organised and efficient move. Begin by packing items you rarely use, such as seasonal decorations or out-of-season clothing. Label each box with its contents so that you can easily unpack and locate items in your new home.
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