What Does Decluttering Your House Before a Move Entail?
Over the years, no doubt you have probably accumulated a lot of stuff, some important, some not so much. While you are in the old house, all the stuff can feel very comfortable piling up in the wardrobes, basement and even the attic. However, if you are moving to a new house, it is critical that you get rid of at least a third of everything to make the move easier, cheaper and of course have a neat house. The question to answer is: What exactly does decluttering entail and how do you determine what needs to go?
You need a plan
Decluttering cannot be done in a day; it’s an ongoing process that has to be done daily a few months before the move. Make a plan to take a room per week and put all the stuff you select for disposal in those boxes.
In a month’s time, you will realize that you have cleared all the rooms and you can have a second take just to be sure.
Get rid of stuff you no longer use
The hardest thing about decluttering is that everything holds sentimental value. However, since you have to do it, ask yourself if the item is still being used or not. It may be toys, baby clothes, books, your own clothes or anything else that just sits there but no one uses it anymore. While they may mean a lot to you, it’s crucial to get rid of them and make room for new things to come.
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Measuring your new space
Unless you have built a mansion, it is likely that you are moving to a house similar in size or even smaller than the one you are leaving. The best way to declutter ruthlessly is to measure the new house so you can get rid of everything that won’t fit in there. That includes furniture, books and even kitchen utensils. Try to downsize as much as possible so you can have a house full of space and airy places.
Disposing off the items
This step is crucial because you don’t want to just throw all that stuff into the pit. Separate the stuff into items you want to sell, those you want to give away and those that will be thrown in the dustbin. Doing so will make things easier for you on the day when you decide to get rid of them. Sell the stuff on eBay or plan for a garage sale and also drop some good stuff to a charity institution.
While decluttering is mostly a physical task, it can take a lot out of you emotionally. It is therefore important to prepare everyone in the family that you are going to do a cleanup and explain to them the importance of doing so. Children will understand if you tell them that there are poor kids who need the toys and the clothes while adults can get solace in knowing that they will get new stuff.
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