Now March is upon us it really feels like Spring is finally on the way. One thing on a lot of people’s minds this time of year is a fresh start, spring cleaning and decluttering the home. All of this is particularly important if you’re going to be moving soon.
There is so much to think about when it goes to moving from finding transport services, moving companies, organising how to best move with children, replacing furniture you won’t be able to take with you and perhaps even selling on things that will be readily available for you in your new home. Moving comes with a heavy price tag without taking the mortgage or rent into consideration.
Here are some of my top tips for decluttering your home ready for the big move. The more you can sort and get rid of the easier packing will be.
- Start with something small and simple like sorting old clothes. If you’re moving in the spring you might not need to take all of your winter wardrobe with you. Before packing any winter essentials away, you might consider selling some bits you rarely use or donating to a charity shop. If there’s anything that is looking a bit tatty then it might be time to say your goodbyes and throw it away.
- Take it one room at a time. If you have time do a few small jobs a day. For example, when going through the kitchen cupboards and drawers you can decide what pans, pots, plates and utensils you really need to take with you.
- When it comes to furnishings there are some you might not be able to take with you such as carpets and curtains. It’s important to leave these in a clean state before you leave to avoid losing any deposit you might have paid.
- Children’s toys are another area you can declutter relatively easily although it might be better to do this while the children are at preschool. You might be able to make some spare cash from any items in a good condition. You might even find a few things that are a bit too young for them now that they don’t play with and would make better use in a new home.
- If you are going to be throwing a lot of things out you might want to consider what you can and can’t recycle. If you do still end up with a lot of rubbish and struggle getting rid of it then a local transport company might be able to help you. This is handy if you have any really big items that you can’t take with you like sofas or white goods.
So, there are just a few tips to help you declutter your home before a move. Is there anything more you would add?x