Let’s cut to the chase: moving into a new house can be very stressful. And, as most people admit, it’s only when you do so that you realize how much stuff you own – and how futile and unnecessary most of it is.
And even if you think your home is not that cluttered, once you start the process, you might be surprised to find that you own a lot more stuff than you ever thought. Chances are, you have a ton of items lying around that you barely remember at all.
Packing your belongings is the most time-consuming and challenging part of the relocation process, and that is why it should always be preceded by decluttering.
Decluttering before moving to a new house allows you to take inventory of everything you own and only keep what you truly need and use. In short, decluttering will save you valuable time, money, and effort. Let us help you make the process easier with a list of things you should purge in each room:
Expired food, sauce packets, old cookware, broken tools and utensils, cookbooks… In the kitchen area, you need to get rid of anything that is broken, mismatched, surplus, or simply never used. Kitchens are always full of “what if” and “just in case” items, but you should only keep the things you realistically use and need regularly.
Living rooms are shared spaces that collect items from every person in your household. Although it may not seem like it, it is one of the most difficult areas to declutter. Here, you must check for old books, DVDs, VHS, tapes, and cassettes that have surely fallen into oblivion by everyone. Game consoles, DVD players, useless controllers, and magazines should also be reviewed.
Similar to what happens with kitchens, bathrooms accumulate items with a shelf life. That’s why you should begin by checking your medicine cabinet, vanity drawers, and under-sink storage. Chances are, you will find a lot of expired medicine in those places, along with old cosmetics and beauty supplies that no longer serve you.
Here what you need to worry about are the closets and dressers. Get all your clothes, shoes, jewelry, and accessories out. Anything that no longer fits, you haven’t worn in over a year, or you simply no longer like or want should be donated or sold.
If you have a home office, this space is very likely filled with old paperwork, old cellphones, and other electronics gathering dust in a drawer, along with instruction manuals, magazines, broken pens, and all sorts of useless tools. Time to get rid of those!
Other Things To Consider
After going through each room, there’s another subject you need to consider: your current furniture. Will all of it fit in your new home? If you’re downsizing, this question will become vital to your decluttering process. Furniture is bulky and heavy – so be sure to only take what you truly need in this new chapter. And finally, another category that seems to accumulate before you even know it is home decor. This includes holiday decorations, centerpieces, artwork, and all sorts of items that you strategically place in your home to give it a touch of personality. Remember that the pieces you have may not fit or even work in your new space. This is a great opportunity to review everything and discard what you no longer need.
And if you feel like decluttering and organizing your belongings is just too much work, you can always think about hiring a professional service to assist you. At CluttlerBGone, we offer you a free telephone consultation so that you can tell us all about your decluttering goals. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today!