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How to Declutter Your Home Before Moving to a New House

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Are you moving to a new house, and are wanting to declutter your belongings before you make the move? This article will give you some tips to get started…

So, you’re moving to a new house? Congratulations! Now it’s time for the fun (or maybe the dreaded?) part.

Once you’ve sorted out your new house with your conveyancing solicitor in Leicester, Leeds, London, or wherever you’re based, it’s time to think about moving!

For many, this can be a daunting prospect, especially if you want to declutter as you go to start afresh in your new home. That said, there are a few tips you can follow to make the process that bit more manageable. Take a look…

Write a Plan

Although this might seem like a strange place to begin – as you might want to get stuck in straight away – it’s sensible to start with a plan. Right now, you’ll likely have everything you want to do in your head, and this can be overwhelming and stressful.

Instead, by writing down everything you need to declutter, whether it be by room or category, you’re getting it all out of your head and onto paper. You can even add little tick boxes on your list to give you that sense of satisfaction when you’ve completed each element.

In your plan, you should also add in dates for each task, which should help you to keep on track of things. It’ll also make the task feel much less daunting, as it can be broken into chunks each day, or every other day.

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Label and Organise Boxes

You need to figure out a system for organisation before you get started. Get yourself a big load of boxes and a marker, and label each box by room or by object.

For example, you could label one box “books”, and put all your reading materials in here. Alternatively, you could label one box “bathroom”, and put your bathroom essentials in here. Whatever method you go for, having this sense of organisation is sure to help.

Once these are labelled and organised, you can start putting anything you want to keep in these. Then, by labelling other boxes with things like “bin”, “charity”, and “sell”, you can make decisions about what to do with anything you don’t want.

Go Room by Room

Taking things in small chunks at a time is going to make the process feel much less overwhelming. So, head into a room at a time – as per your planned list – and go from there.

Consider Using the Marie Kondo Method

Marie Kondo is a Japanese tidying expert who became a household name after releasing her Netflix reality TV show, helping American families declutter and tidy their homes. Her infamous KonMari method has seen people build themselves new futures, and shed their old layers.

The key principles of her method are simple, and follow a categorical approach, asking yourself if each object sparks joy. If an object doesn’t bring your life that spark, it might be time to consider saying goodbye.

This calm and grateful approach is sure to make your decluttering more of a meditative process, instead of the daunting one you imagine.

Lay Everything Out

It’s much easier to be more objective when you have everything out in front of you. This way, you get a bigger picture of how much you actually have hiding away in those closets. By pulling it all out onto the floor, you can give yourself a bird’s eye view of it all, so you can pick things off more easily.

Repeat the Process

Deciding to get rid of your belongings can be tough, and getting started you might find you’re less ruthless. However, once you get into the swing of things, you might find you’d have probably made different decisions about what to keep and what to throw.

So, why not give yourself the chance to make these different decisions by repeating the process!

Although this will certainly take you a lot of time, you’ll probably find that the second time around you can make more sensible decisions.

Set a Deadline

Having a deadline for all this is so important to give you a solid goal to work towards. This should be integrated into your initial plan, and can help you to stay on track so you don’t leave it all to the last minute.

The thing about moving to a new house is that you’ll have an in-built deadline of the completion date. This will give you an exciting new chapter to work towards, and who needs clutter during a new chapter?

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Just Relax

Decluttering before a house move is likely to feel overwhelming. So, if it becomes too much, take a step back from it all and just take a moment to clear your head. Whether you go on a walk, a drive, step outside for a few minutes, or do a different activity altogether, it’s sure to help.

There are plenty of mind-clearing techniques online to try, so figure out something that works for you, and use it whenever you start to feel a little stressed. Once you’ve done this, you’re much more likely to get back to organising with more efficiency.

Let’s Declutter Your Home!

There we have it! These eight tips should hopefully see you through your house move. As long as you remember to stick to the plan, stay organised, and remain as relaxed as possible throughout, you’ll be there in no time.

Good luck with your house move, and we’ll see you on the other side!

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