How To Declutter Before Moving House

Simply + Fiercely

Moving is an exciting time, but we all know that it’s stressful too. Let’s face it—nothing makes you want to stick your head in the sand like the prospect of packing an entire house.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can make the packing process easier by decluttering first.

When you have less stuff, you have less to move. Plus, you’re starting life at your new place with a fresh slate.

Grab a few trash bags and find anything that belongs in the bin.

Take out the trash

If you did the interior decorating exercise mentioned earlier, keep it handy and refer back to it while decluttering.

Follow your brief

Another easy tip is to think about where you’re going to put things in your new house. I recommend this to everyone, but it’s especially important if you’re downsizing and moving into a smaller home.

Everything in its place

Whenever I’m packing (whether it’s for a big move or a short trip), one thing that I do is walk through my everyday life and think about my daily routines.

Think about your routines

“Stuck” is what happens when you come across something tricky, like sentimental items. Suddenly, all your momentum disappears, and you don’t know what to do. So how do you avoid getting stuck? By setting a timer and using a maybe pile.

Don’t get stuck

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