Moving 101: The Decluttering

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Jean's Clean Team Decluttering Checklist

You may think you don’t have the time to declutter your house before your big move. After all, wouldn’t it be easier to throw everything into boxes and get on with it? Not at all! Trust me on this. You don’t want to waste time, energy, and money, packing a bunch of stuff you don’t need, only to have to unpack it and decide what to do with it in your new place.

Decluttering before your move is essential to making the process as stress-free as possible. So, whether you’re moving three months from now, or three weeks from now, take a few days to declutter your house. This is one step you won’t regret!

 

Here are a few tips when tackling clutter:

1. Trash it!

Some things are no-brainers when it comes to decluttering. Start by throwing away obvious trash, such as outdated papers and magazines. Empty old craft bins, receipt boxes, and outdated paper files. (Shred any documents that might have personal information on them.) By getting rid of the trash first, you’ll be left with only the things you need to donate or keep.

2. Be armed and ready!

Gather two large boxes, some tape, and a Sharpie. One box will be for things to get rid of, while the other box will be for stuff you want to keep and pack. If you’re really ready to declutter, I recommend filling two donation boxes for every box of stuff you save.

3. Count the small wins!

Even one drawer per day is a small win that count! Don’t dismiss your smallest efforts to declutter. Every item you deal with before your move, is an item you won’t have to deal with later. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the clutter, turn on your “happy” music and pick one small area to tackle. You can do this!

4. Organize your process!

Divide your decluttering process into categories, such as books, clothes, papers, dishes, crafts, etc. By organizing your efforts, you’ll be less likely to jump from one thing to another. This will enable you to build momentum and really downsize your belongings in the most efficient way.

5. Picture a place for everything!

Before you put things into your “keep” boxes, try to picture where it’s going to live in your new house. Is there really a spot for it, or will it get shoved in the crawl space and forgotten? By picturing a place for everything, and everything in its place, you’ll get rid of more stuff you don’t want or need.

 

Quick Decluttering Checklist:

• Go through every room in the house and throw all the trash away. (papers, magazines, outdated files, dried-up craft supplies, etc.)

• Go through each drawer, shelf, and closet, and either donate or keep/pack the items. (Have 2 boxes ready for each area you tackle.)

• Set a timer and declutter one small area each day. (Count the small wins!)

• Divide your efforts into categories such as clothing, books, papers, dishes, etc. (Stick to one category before moving on to the next.)

• Build momentum and declutter as much as possible before your big move! (You will be grateful you did!)

• Designate a place for everything. If you can’t picture where the item will live, get rid of it!

 

Download our Quick Decluttering Checklist here.

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