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How to Declutter Before a Move

March 1st 2017 by: Jim

Your closets, basement, and space under your bed may do a good job of hiding clutter, but when it comes time to move, you have to empty out these areas completely. Is it really worth the time, effort, and space in the moving truck to bring your snow globe collection, old clothes from high school, or unopened small appliances you "might need" someday? The answer is probably no. Here’s how to declutter before a move so you can start fresh in a neat and tidy new home or apartment.

Begin Today

Once you know you’re moving, start the decluttering process right away! Be methodical about it. Start with one room or one closet and systematically clear it out. This lets you focus on one area at a time, so you don’t become overwhelmed.

Know Your Options

Decluttering doesn’t necessarily mean throwing stuff away. While this is probably the best choice for anything stained, broken, or obsolete, you can also sell big ticket items to help pay for your move. You can also donate gently used clothes, small kitchen appliances, and electronics to a local charity or thrift store.

Really Clear Out Your Closet

It’s so easy to label every clothing item "keep" as you go through your wardrobe. To help you productively declutter the space in preparation for your move, hang all your clothes hangers backward. Anything you don’t wear in the next few months leading up to your move is safe to donate. The same can be said of other items in your home – if you go six months without using it, or it serves no practical purpose, you won’t miss it if you throw it out now.

Recruit Help

If you have hoarding tendencies, ask friends or family to assist you with the decluttering process. This can turn a traumatic or overwhelming task into something fun! Play music, serve snacks and drinks, and laugh at the old junk you find in the darkest recesses of your closet. Getting a second opinion is also helpful as you decide what to keep, sell, donate, and throw out.

Take Pictures of Keepsakes and Mementos

If you can’t bring yourself to discard boxes of you or your child’s old school projects due to sentimental value, document them by taking pictures. Save digital copies of artwork, book reports, and science fair projects on your computer, so you feel okay about throwing the physical objects away.

Maintain a Decluttering Attitude as You Pack

Depending on how fast your move approaches, you may not have time to declutter every room thoroughly. Just remember your desire to make a fresh start as you begin the packing process. It’s okay to decide at the last minute that you don’t want to schlep your knickknacks or college textbooks or entire shoe collection to a new house. Create "donate" and “toss” piles as you pack. You’ll be amazed by how much this reduces the number of boxes you need to move!

 

Get Help with Your Move

Once decluttering is done and moving day arrives, the team at Georgetown Moving and Storage Company can make moving day itself go smoothly. If you decide you want to keep some items, but you don’t want them in your new home, our long-term storage service is the perfect solution.

Find out more about our moving services or get more tips by calling us at (703) 466-0575 today. We’re happy to answer your questions and provide a free estimate for our moving services.

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