Moving house can be stressful at the best of times. Knowing when and where to start packing can really help make you feel on top of things. Here are 4 steps to help with the decluttering process.

Remove the Rubbish

Get a bin bag and a large tub or packing box. Pick a room to start in and put the tub or box in the doorway and have the bag in hand. Use the tub for recyclables like cardboard, plastic or glass and put them all in the box.

Once you have finished searching for recycling in the room, remove the rubbish. Things like old socks with holes in you’ve been meaning to throw out for a while can all go because they don’t need to be packed for the new place.

Removing all the rubbish and recycling at this stage will make packing a lot easier when you get to it. This can also be done at any stage of the move so it’s a great thing to do in between viewings or while you’re waiting for paperwork to be completed.

Have a clear-out

Now all the rubbish and recycling is removed from each room it’s time to tackle the stuff. In 2019 a survey of 2000 UK adults was carried out to establish how much excess stuff we have around our homes. The results estimate that on average each person has approximately £1600 worth of goods. So you aren’t alone in feeling like you’ve got too many possessions!

Start with the smallest or least used room in the house. Go through each item deciding if it’s used. If not decide whether to keep, donate or sell. Make piles for the donate or sell items and place them as needed.

This can be done at any stage of the house packing process but the earlier the better. Take it room by room, a little at a time and what once felt like a mountain will now feel doable.

What to do with the stuff you want to get rid of?

There are 2 main options:

  • Donate
  • Sell

There are plenty of charity shops or organisations that will take a variety of usable items. Clothes banks are great for getting rid of large bulky clothing that you no longer have a need for. These are often found in supermarkets, but they’re being utilised more and more by schools and other organisations so it’s worth doing a bit of research. Charity shops are a great place for complete games and puzzles, books and electronics.

Not only are you getting rid of your unwanted items, you’re also donating to a good cause. That’s a win-win in our book!

If you have time or the inclination you can also sell your goods. With the spotlight on the environment, there has been a surge in second hand selling sites. Places like Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree have become really popular and are easy to use too. Not only does this mean you will be getting rid of your items but you will also be making some extra money.

Deep clean

Once you have decluttered your rooms, you can start thinking about packing and deep cleaning.
To make it less daunting, take it room by room. Once you have packed a cupboard or area give it a clean down. Leave vacuuming until last as floors will be walked on in the meantime.

A top tip for keeping the clutter down whilst waiting to sell is to have a designated box for ‘stuff’ that doesn’t have a home but is still used. These can be important letters that need to be dealt with, a pack of batteries you need to keep hold of or simply just a bag of elastic bands. Whatever it is, throw it in the box and sort it out once a month or when it gets full. This box can then easily be hidden when you have viewings.

Following these 4 steps should help to make sure your moving process is far less hectic and you won’t end up moving everything, only to find you need to have a sort-out when you reach your new home.