It’s a new year, are you considering a move in 2017? If so, make the move process easier on yourself by downsizing and decluttering your items now. Whether you’ve been living in your home for 5 years or 35 years, you probably have items that are no longer useful, taking up valuable storage space.
Here are our 5 tips on how to declutter your home in preparation for a move:
Start at least 3-6 months before you move and give yourself lots of time to go through each room. Pick one evening and one weekend morning as designated “decluttering” times. Or take 1 hour per day to go through a closet or cupboard.
By creating zones in each room, you can easily dedicate time to go through that area. For example, the thought of decluttering the entire kitchen can be overwhelming and stressful. By breaking the kitchen into zones of “upper cupboards”, “kitchen island”, “pantry” etc. you are much more likely to tackle one zone at a time than the entire project.
Keep focused on the room/zone you are working on. Don’t skip around from room to room, or a pile here and a pile there. When you feel your attention wandering, take a quick break, or repeat “left to right – stay focused”.
How much room will you have in your new home? Do you really need 6 mixing bowls, 2 spatulas, and 4 black t-shirts? Don’t waste time second guessing yourself and imagining all the ways you might need something. If you haven’t used it in the last 12 months, get rid of it. Don’t save it “just in case”.
Don’t throw it in the garbage
Use large bins and label them Donate, Sell, Recycle, and separate your items accordingly. Find a reputable third party website to sell your items, get a list of charities in your area that will take donations, host a garage sale, and host a “Finders Keepers” party. Once you’ve decided what items you don’t want/need anymore, invite your friends and family over to pick out items they would like to have. Fewer items for you to find a new home for!
Most importantly, be patient with yourself and the decluttering process. Although it can seem overwhelming, follow our steps to and be consistent. Keep the end goal in mind – a clutter free home, that will be easy to pack when the move date comes.