How to declutter for a house move.

Moving to a new house can be an exciting but stressful experience.

As a professional organiser and declutterer, I see first-hand the challenges that come with packing up your life and starting fresh. When you’re moving house, consider the house move similar to going on holiday - you could take everything but the kitchen sink. Instead pick the items you know for sure you want to take with you and work backwards…it helps to make it less overwhelming when you only focus on the things you KNOW you want.

My advice on how to prepare for the upheaval and make the process more pleasant:

Get started early!

The sooner you can start sorting, clearing and packing up your things, well in advance of the moving people coming, the less stressful it will be. You could even make yourself a weekly to do list of different rooms and different tasks, so it’s broken down into manageable, less stressful chunks and allows you time for work/life too.

Start decluttering first.

To make the process as smooth as possible, begin by decluttering rooms and things that you use the least. Get rid of anything you no longer need or want, and donate or sell items in good condition. Get the items no longer needed out the house as soon as you can, so you have more space to organise. Decluttering can be emotional and overwhelming, especially as you might be going through sentimental items, but remind yourself of how freeing it will be to let go of unused items, and maybe even make some money! By starting in rooms you use the least (like basements, attics, etc), you can make minimal disruption to your daily routines in the rest of the house.

Start packing.

When packing, label boxes clearly and consider creating an inventory list to keep track of everything. You obviously want to keep certain items that may be used whilst you’re still in your current home. But by neatly packing and organising your items, it will make your life unpacking on the other end so much easier. And you can also mark which rooms boxes will be going to in the new home.

Categorise, categorise, categorise.

I always recommend starting as you mean to go on by having boxes clearly labelled at the very start. You can separate your items into their categories for working. An example of categories I use when working with my clients: Keep Bin Donate Sell Gift

Create a survival kit.

It's a good idea to pack a box of essentials to cover the first few days in your new home, including clothes, kitchen utensils, and basic supplies like tea, coffee, and sugar. You’ll be so grateful you’ve prepared this when you arrive and are getting your new space sorted.

Thinking forward.

Think about where you’re going to – what space do you have? Where will your items live when they get there? It’s important not to take items with you that you really don’t want or won’t use.

And breathe!

Don’t forget to take breaks and give yourself time to evaluate. It can be overwhelming, but giving yourself time to relax is also really important.

Consider hiring professional help.

If you’re still struggling to get prepared, it could be worth hiring a professional organiser. However, I do recommend not to wait till you’re desperate and running out of time. Feel free to reach out to me via email if I can help.

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