How to Get Rid of Clutter before Your Move

How to Get Rid of Clutter before Your Move

Moving can be quite overwhelming—especially with all of your personal belongings from years past exploding out of boxes leaving you wondering what to do with all of it. Instead of carrying on moving boxes from place to place, why not let it go? Getting rid of clutter—especially in a move—can make your life lighter and your move easier. Here are a quick few tips for de-cluttering your life and your move:

1.   Choose a room to de-clutter: Whatever room or space needs it most will most likely give you the most relief. Take the time that you have—an hour, a day, or an afternoon and dedicate it fully.  Only take on what you have time for otherwise you may get discouraged and quit.

2.   Empty drawers, closets, and shelves.  These spaces sometimes act as a landing ground for stuff, wanted and unwanted alike. Take a deep breath and dive in.

3.   Pile it all together for sorting: Lay it all out together apart from everything else in the room.

4.   Sort it out! Make 3 piles from the one big pile:

a.    First pile: Pile number one should be the things that you mostly use on a daily basis. Keep these items and papers in areas that are easily accessible. 

b.    Second pile:  This pile includes things that you have used once a month or more. They are used enough to need labeling or a space to live, but not to be out in the open taking up space.

c.    Third pile: This pile should include things that you havent used in at least 6 months to a year. Consider donating to your local goodwill or charity.

5.   Finish up: Make sure that you aren’t biting off more than you can chew. This way you are able to give more of yourself in smaller separate sessions rather than all at once.

Using these steps to reducing clutter from your home can make your move less headache and more organized.