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De-clutter your house, de-clutter your mind!

Desperate helpless woman in messy room home.

De-Clutter Before You Move

Moving to a new home can seem daunting when you look over the piles of clutter you’ve accumulated. Don’t let the quantity of what you have to pack overwhelm you. Instead, prepare for your next adventure by getting rid of the old to make space for the new.

Start piles. You have three options when it comes to cleaning: keep, throw away and donate. If you can’t move without it, keep it. If it’s broken or unusable, throw it away or recycle it. If you no longer have a need for the item but it’s in usable condition, donate it. Simplifying your options makes the process quicker.

Don’t procrastinate! Start early. If you know you are moving several months in advance, don’t wait to start organizing and packing. Using the pile system, you can start organizing your “stuff” so the task never feels too overwhelming.

Prioritize over time. Categorize your lengthy to-do list into themed days and weeks, such as “donate week,” “clean-out-the-closets week,” and “box-up-the-kitchen day.” Then tackle those days and weeks one at a time. Work backwards so you’re packing and storing items you use less often first. You don’t want to pack all your bath towels weeks before your move!

Don’t weigh down your boxes. Remember, a human is going to have to move each of these boxes, so don’t weigh them down. Pack lighter items in with heavier items, and go for more boxes with fewer items inside. If it’s a local move, don’t forget to utilize totes, suitcases and laundry baskets you already own to transport household items.

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