Why You Should Downsize and Declutter Before a Move

“This is the year. This is when I finally overhauled the garage and my closet to get rid of things we no longer need. Perhaps I’ll even look at the shelves and create a filing system.”

If you are like any other mom, you probably had a similar conversation with yourself at the beginning of the year and made grand resolutions to clear the clutter in your home. However, if you still have yet to declutter your home, don’t lose hope. Sometimes, deciding what to keep or discard can be challenging. You might even be overwhelmed by the amount of possessions you have.

Decluttering requires a systematic approach that involves breaking the process down into manageable steps. You should tackle one area at a time and categorize items for better organization. If you’d like to save time on decluttering and personalize your space, especially before/during a move, consider hiring professional home organizers – just like you’d hire a financial advisor for investment planning and wealth management.

One of the best times to declutter your home, especially if you’ve procrastinated, is when preparing for a move. Below, I discuss tips to declutter efficiently before a move. Continue reading to learn more.

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Basic Principles of Decluttering and Downsizing Before a Move

An essential part of the moving process involves assessing your belongings to decide what to donate, discard, or take to your new home. This provides an excellent opportunity to eliminate unused or unnecessary items you’ve been holding on to, bringing about an organized transition to your new house.

Decluttering isn’t all about getting rid of stuff you don’t need. Organizing is also crucial to decluttering, as you should arrange your things to make your space more functional and appealing.  

Below are actionable tips for decluttering and downsizing before a move:

Start Early

You probably have more stuff than you think if you are anything like the average person. So, if you want to make thoughtful decisions about what to keep, discard, or donate without feeling overwhelmed, you must start decluttering well before your move.

Depending on the size of your home, consider decluttering two months before moving to have ample time to go through your possessions. At the latest, you should start decluttering 3 – 4 weeks before your move for a smoother and less stressful moving experience.

 Go Room-by-Room

A room-by-room approach makes the decluttering process more manageable. Start with less-used rooms like your basement, garage, or attic to build momentum and perfect your decision-making process.

The major problem with decluttering is deciding what to keep and discard. Generally, people have less emotional attachments to rooms they don’t use much, making it easier to determine what to keep, donate, or discard.

Items that add no value to your life or serve no purpose should be discarded. As you work to your living area, you’ll already have a general idea of what matters to you.

Pack Strategically

Decluttering should go hand in hand with packing before a move. As you discard unnecessary items, ensure your wanted possessions are clean, dust-free, and packed into boxes based on categories.

Use proper packaging material to ensure your items are well-protected during transit. Popular packaging materials include sturdy boxes, bubble wrap, and tape. Fragile materials are best packed in cushioning materials like bubble wrap. You should also pack each fragile item separately to provide a protective layer.

Pack similar items together to streamline the unpacking process. Put heavier materials at the bottom of the box and lighter ones on top to prevent damage. Also, create an inventory of your packed items to make unpacking more efficient and ensure you can easily account for all items.

Involve Everyone

Involve the whole family in decluttering. Let everyone have a say in what to keep and discard. Doing this can help distribute the workload and create a shared responsibility for the move.

Benefits of Decluttering Before a Move

By now, the benefits of decluttering before a move should be obvious, but I’ll highlight some of them below:

Less Stress: Many people consider moving stressful. However, decluttering and packing in advance can make the moving process more bearable, especially if you have fewer things to move.

Organization: You have a better idea of arranging items in your new home after removing unnecessary materials.

Efficiency and Cost-savings: Decluttering makes packing and unpacking easier and more efficient. Having fewer items to move means lower costs if you use professional moving services.

Charitable Contributions: Some items you no longer need can be donated. Contributing to others is always good and leads to a more sustainable lifestyle.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, decluttering your home before a move is not just about getting rid of stuff; it’s about creating a fresh start and an organized living space. While the task might seem daunting, especially if you’ve procrastinated, it’s never too late to begin. Remember, a systematic approach, starting early, and involving the whole family can make the process more manageable and enjoyable.