Knowing How Soon You Should Start Decluttering Your House Before The Move
Moving is not a task for the fainthearted; it is a daunting chore that is best tackled by a professional moving company. These are people who know all the logistics that go into the moving process. However, if you decide to go it alone then consider this: There’s a new house to get ready, addresses to change, and re-alignment of utilities. Wait until you see the pile of clutter and the entire exercise might look like a mockery. Old clothes, tattered books, broken furniture, and electronics are all examples of items you no longer need in the new home.
Seeing as your frustrations may translocate to the new life, how do you declutter? The answer is; sort everything before moving out. Take a cue from these tips and enjoy a clutter-free change of houses:
Buy packing materials
Moving requires that you pack items in suitable materials. Cartons are always a cheap alternative. Buy several of them and in different sizes. Keep in mind that you will have boxes for keeping the useful stuff and that which you will donate. Also procure labels, marker pens, and tape. If you are working with a professional mover, have them give you these supplies.
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Start packing early
Waiting to clear the clutter towards moving day will frustrate your efforts. Waste a few days of indecision, and you could end up carrying unnecessary items to the new abode. Nothing can be as disappointing as opening an unmarked box only to find stuff you had intended to throw away. Whether you are leaving in a month or a week, set aside time every day to pack and separate your belongings.
Categorize your possessions
Here, the old ethical principle of listing things down on a piece of paper or book comes in handy. You could group the items in your house under listings such as:
Start sorting and for each group have two cartons. In one, you can indicate “moving” while in the other “donate” or “trash.” As each carton fills up, place them in different rooms. This makes it easier to quickly identify items that are going and those that are staying.
Sort everything a little at a time
Prepping an entire houseful of belongings can be such a boring, tiresome chore. Your mind and body will get tired very fast if you decide to do it this way. The best way to approach this is by sorting and packing one room at a time. Go systematically say from the master bedroom to the guest room, kitchen and living room.
Household clutter can take away the zeal from an enthusiastic plan to move. A professional mover can guide you through the process but if you are going it alone, get the supplies you need and get to work. Classify your items; keep the ones going separately from those staying. To avoid fatigue, do not try to pack everything at once; do it a room at a time.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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