Decluttering your house –
An essential part of moving house is going through your belongings and deciding what goes with you, and what doesn’t. It’s particularly necessary when you’re decluttering your house for sale, storage or moving, as it saves you plenty of money makes moving day a whole lot faster, but will essentially make your home appear bigger to prospective buyers.
The decluttering process can often get left far too late because it feels too much to face. It doesn’t have to be like this, though. Follow the tips below to turn it into a simple, straight forward and even relaxing exercise.
Pick a room, any room
A rookie move with decluttering is going all out and rushing around the entire house, trying to deal with random objects. This is one fast road to exhaustion. Instead, choose a small, easy room to get started on, and go for broke. While it’s tempting to float into another room or start eyeing off a rogue cupboard, use restraint. You’ll thank us later.
The 12 months principle
This is a powerful tip for decluttering, but it’s not for the faint hearted. It simply goes like this – for every item you pick up, consider if you’ve physical used it or actually thought about it some time in the last year. If the answer is no, it’s time to go! Just remember to use it sparingly for items like special family treasures.
Clear out those clothes
Many people overlook their own wardrobe as a source of clutter, but the truth is it’s one of the worst offenders. Leave it to last if you must, but include it on your list. If it still has a tag, if you don’t fit it anymore, if you can’t imagine wearing it again (be honest), then it might be time you part ways. When it is time to move, make sure you pack clothes correctly to keep them protected
While you might only have one fridge, there might be a hundred towels and blanket sets in your linen closet. Have you been collecting slow cookers or toasters? Over time stuff just accumulates, and it takes a serious declutter to create a sense of space again. If you have multiples of an item, ask yourself if you really need a backup. In almost every case, you won’t.
To clean like a pro and make the absolute most of your storage space, you have to keep only what’s essential. Consider the immediate use of each of your household items and dump them if you’re drawing blanks. Furniture is a great place to start. While you might one day move into a house where that coffee table fits, that day might never come!
If you follow these tips, you’ll have the decluttering your house job crossed off before you know it and save big on your storage costs.
Our thanks to Kent Relocation Group for this article