If your home resembles this collection you will certainly want to declutter before you move home.

How do you get rid of unwanted stuff in your home ready for your home move?  And where do you even begin the huge task of sorting all those things out?

You are about to find out in what is probably the most comprehensive guide to decluttering your home ready for a home move available anywhere on the internet.

It will be a good idea to bookmark this page as you will almost certainly want to keep referring back to this guide as you learn how to declutter each room in your home.

And be sure to share this decluttering masterclass with any friends or family who are moving home, they will certainly thank you for it!

You may also like to read: When, Why, and How to Declutter Your Elderly Parents Home. Everybody is faced with this dilemma at some stage in their life, it is a task filled with emotions and can be a very tricky situation to face. In this guide, we look at the best ways to tackle decluttering the family home when faced with various life events.

Why Declutter Your Home Before You Move?

Decluttering before you start packing will save you money on your moving costs, will make the home move faster and easier, and will free up space in your new home

The simple answer is to save money on the cost of your home move.

The fewer items that need to be packed and physically moved will save you money on your removal and packing costs as well as a huge amount of packing time.

Crucially, the removal company you choose to use will be able to give a far more accurate price quote for your move if they can see the actual items you are moving, rather than a guestimate because you are unsure of exactly what you intend to take with you.

But it is more than that.

A new home means a fresh start. An opportunity to leave the past behind and begin afresh. To have only the things you cherish most around you and that add the most value to your life.

Decluttering is liberating, it gives you a fresh appreciation for the things that are around you, but it is also a wake-up call, showing us just how much we surround ourselves with things that we don’t really need or even like.

And even more shocking, will highlight just how much money we waste on things we don’t really need in our lives.

Moving home gives you a new perspective on every aspect of your life so let’s get on and learn all about decluttering.

You may also like to read: How Much Does it Cost to Pack a Home for Moving? Packing for a home move is probably one of the most underestimated moving tasks in terms of the cost and time it takes. In the guide, we look at what you can expect to pay for packing the average home.

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Where do you Start to Declutter Your Home?

Decluttering, especially if you are decluttering a hoarder’s home, is going to seem overwhelming at first.

And if it seems just too big a task to tackle then you are unlikely to be motivated to even begin. So here are a few tips on how to start decluttering for a home move.

  • Create a decluttering plan
  • List all your rooms from the most cluttered to the least cluttered
  • Set yourself a time limit to declutter each of the rooms, remember moving day is fast approaching but be realistic about how long each room will take to clear.
  • Start on a particular area of the most cluttered room. Set a small goal of clearing say the surfaces to start with. Completing small tasks gives you a sense of achievement and soon those small areas add up to a completely decluttered room.
  • Start with the mindset that you are going to get rid of everything and then keep only the things that you really really love or need.
  • Consider if it is cheaper to replace it when you get to your new home than pay to pack and transport it.

Useful to know: What to Pack First when Moving Home. Packing for a home move can seem overwhelming but with a packing plan in place, it will be so much easier. Here we suggest the order in which to start packing each room of your home.

Decluttering Timeline for Moving Home

Once you have decluttered, sell your unwanted items at a car boot sale to help fund your home move.

When should you start decluttering for a home move?

As soon as you have decided you are moving, the sooner you declutter your home the better.

The sooner you finish getting rid of things you no longer want or need, the sooner you can start getting removal company quotes and the sooner you can book your preferred removal firm.

6-12 Weeks before Moving Day

  • Garage, Shed, and Greenhouse
  • Attic
  • Documents
  • Seasonal clothing and shoes
  • Furniture
  • Decorative items

8 weeks before moving day you should be in a position to get your home moving quotes from removal companies. You will have decluttered all the hard-to-do spaces and only have the inside of cupboards and drawers left to do.

Essential to do: Get your home moving cost estimate quote now. Get up to 4 no-obligation quotes for your home move within just a few minutes.

2-6 Weeks before Moving Day

  • Clothing and shoes
  • Kitchen
  • Bedrooms
  • Sentimental items

You by now will have identified all the things you want to donate or sell.

So you can go ahead and have a car boot sale and arrange for the charities to collect all the items you intend to donate.

2 weeks from moving day you want to be in the position that all the decluttering is finished and only the packing is left to do if you are hiring professional packers.

If you are planning on packing your items yourself, you can pack each room as you finish decluttering it.

In which case plan on having everything packed a week before you move with only the essentials left to pack before moving day.

Must read: The Ultimate List of Places to Donate Things to. In this guide, we list common household items by group and suggest places that you can donate them too. Often your unwanted items will be collected for free as well.

How to Prepare to Declutter a Home for a Home Move

Having identified which rooms you need to declutter in which order, you need a system for sorting the items.

The most efficient and common method is the ‘3 box’ system.

  • Box 1 – Keep. For all the things that you absolutely must take with you to your new home because they add value to your life and you truly cannot part with them.
  • Box 2 – Donate / Sell. This box is for anything that you no longer need or want in your life but is too good for the rubbish tip.
  • Box 3 – Throw. For objects that are only fit for the rubbish bin.

You also need to prepare yourself mentally for a major declutter as it can be emotionally draining as you rekindle old memories.

  • Start decluttering non-sentimental items first. It will be easier to do and will get you in the decluttering mindset ready for the harder decisions that you will have to make about items you are emotionally attached to.
  • Often we will want to keep things just because they cost us hard-earned cash. But that money is gone, rarely do items increase in value, the only value they now hold is how they will benefit you in the future.
  • Consider when was the last time you used that item. If it was more than 6 months ago do you really need it?
  • If you come across an item that you forgot you even owned, then get rid of it, you obviously don’t need it.

You may also like to read: Week by Week Home Moving Checklist and Planner. Good organisation is essential for a stress-free home move. In this guide, we suggest a week-by-week plan of tasks that need completing so that you do not forget any important home-moving tasks.

How to Declutter a Shed or Garage when Moving Home

The garage can be one of the hardest places to declutter so start early in your home moving preparations.

This can be one of the most time-consuming areas of the home to declutter as often they become a dumping ground for all the family. You will probably need to allocate one or two full days to decluttering a shed or garage.

  • Check the weather forecast first and choose a weekend or a couple of days when it is likely not to rain, you will more than likely be putting stuff outside whilst you sort through your garage or shed. It might be worth keeping some plastic sheets handy just in case.
  • Be brutal in your decluttering. Garage items tend to be heavy and awkward to pack so the more you get rid of now the easier, and cheaper, moving day will be.
  • Get a list of items that the removal company cannot move, such as flammable liquids and dispose of them safely and legally now.
  • Work area by area, sorting through every item as you reach it.
  • Use the three-box sorting system of keep, donate, sell.
  • Not used it in the last year? Then it is time to get rid of it
  • Keeping those scraps of wood just in case you need them? Time to get rid of them, it will cost you more to move them to your new home than buy wood when you actually need it.
  • Anything damaged or not working can go.
  • Part-used tins of paint can be donated to friends or family, or ask the new occupiers if they want them for touching up their new home.
  • Check expiry dates on cans, bottles, and packets
  • If you come across things you forgot you had or have never used then you probably don’t need them anymore.
  • If you are storing stuff for other members of the family who no longer live in the home, ask them what they want to do with the items.

You may also like to read: How to Pack a Garage for Moving. In this guide, we offer some great packing tips to quickly and easily get your garage contents ready for moving.

How to Declutter the Attic Ready for Moving Home

This may be considered to be one of the worst spaces to declutter because not only is it awkward to work in the loft but anything and everything is likely to have been dumped up there.

And it will be hot and dirty work sorting it out.

  • It is usually easier to bring things down from the loft and sort through them in a safer and cleaner environment.
  • You will need a work partner to safely bring things down from the loft.
  • Think safety first. Is the loft ladder safe to use? Wear suitable clothing and a facemask, it will be dirty and dusty up there. Have a good source of illumination. Only walk on roof beams or have boards available to walk on. Beware of wasp nests.
  • Work on one area at a time.
  • Have spare boxes available to bring things down in, cardboard can deteriorate over time and may split as you try to lift them.
  • Use the three-box sorting system of keep, donate, and sell.

You may also like to read: How to Declutter Your Loft. This is a more in-depth guide to decluttering your loft where we look at not only physically decluttering your loft but dealing with the emotions of decluttering.

How to Declutter Sentimental Items Before Moving Home

Things are not just things. Often an object will stir a memory or emotion within us, it has memories associated with it.

So how do you detach your emotions from an object?

Just because you no longer have that item does not mean that the memory will go too.

Pictures that the kids drew, or a postcard that you bought on your first holiday, when was the last time you looked at them?  

In all likelihood, they have been sitting in a box in the attic for the last 10 years gathering dust.

How about taking photos of those items and making a collage to hang on the wall?

Digital photos don’t gather dust or take up space, so take a photo, ditch the object, and decide what will be the best way to appreciate the pictures at a later date after you settle into your new home.

Ask members of the family if they want any of the sentimental items you come across.

This gives them the opportunity to keep the item at their home but also can help you make up your own mind as to whether an item should be kept.

Often your kids, for example, will question why you kept a drawing they did 25 years ago in the first place.

You may also like to read: How to Move Out of a Home You Love. Moving home is a melting pot of emotions and one of the emotions you may face is having to move out of a home you love. In this guide, we look at how to cope with this emotion.

How to Declutter Furniture for a Home Move

Make a floor plan of your new home so that you can be sure your furniture will fit.

If you are downsizing properties then it is unlikely you will need all the furniture you currently own.

Equally, some furniture may not fit in your new home if the rooms are configured differently.

And some styles of furniture may not fit with the era or ambiance you want to create in your new home.

Creating a floor plan for your new home will allow you to figure out exactly what will fit in each room.

It makes no sense to pay for packing and transporting pieces of furniture that won’t even fit through the doors let alone fit into the available space.

You can choose to sell furniture to raise cash for your home moving budget or donate furniture to a local worthy cause.

Many local charities will collect donations for free and will be very grateful for anything that will help others in need.

You may like to read: How to Create a Floor Plan. In this guide, we explain how to make a simple floor plan for your new home, how to measure your rooms, and how to measure furniture.

How to Declutter Books and Magazines for a Home Move

Books and Magazine are heavy to move and take up a lot of space

Books and magazines take up a lot of space and can soon add significant weight to your home moving boxes.

But how do you decide which books to keep when decluttering?

First of all, gather all your books in one place. Then sort them into categories.

  • Novels
  • Cookbooks
  • Manuals, guides, reference
  • Irreplaceable

There are probably some novels that you want to keep but equally, there are some books that you could download from the internet to read on a Kindle-type device for instance.

Cookbooks can all go. Recipes are easily available on the internet. And if there is a particular recipe that you want to keep just photograph it on your iPad or phone.

Manuals, Guides, and Reference books. The information within these can easily be gotten from the internet.

Unless a book is irreplaceable ask yourself if you really need to keep it. Is there another space-saving format that the book is available in?

By irreplaceable I mean are they signed by the author, or first editions, or of historic significance. Literally are they irreplaceable, or just old?

Kids often have books associated with a cartoon character or are age specific and so the kids either grow out of them or they have moved onto a new favourite theme of book.

All the books you no longer want can easily be donated to a good cause.

Magazines should be decluttered by grouping them into titles or genres.

If you have complete sets of magazines and have not looked at them in the last 6 months, do you really need them? Complete sets of magazines can often be sold at car boot sales or online auction websites.

Again, most magazines are available online so if you are keeping them just for reference, the information is still readily available.

Random magazines that you have can just be recycled or donated to a hospital or doctor’s surgery.

You may also like to read: How to Pack Books for a Home Move. In this guide, we offer some tips to make packing and moving your book collection as safe and easy as possible.

How to Declutter Paperwork Ready for a Home Move

Be sure to shred any sensitive information before recycling it

Most people keep reams of paperwork ‘just in case’. But the majority of paperwork we get these days can be provided electronically or stored in a cloud for example.

So, first of all, gather all your random pieces of paperwork in one place.

Then create two piles, keep and get rid of.

You need to keep things like birth and marriage certificates or receipts for warranties, but nearly everything else can be gotten rid of.

Whilst you are sorting through the paperwork see whether that document is available online or electronically such as via email.

Insurance certificates and bank statements, for example, can all be provided electronically so there is no need to have a hard copy.

And if you really can’t decide if you might need that document, scan it and save it electronically.

You can always print it again if you do need it.

Any paperwork that you don’t need anymore should be shredded to prevent identity theft before disposing of it.

You may also like to read: How to Organise Paperwork for a Home Move. Inevitably there will be some paperwork that you must keep so in this guide we offer some suggestions as to the best way to organise and keep important paperwork.

How to Declutter Photographs Before a Home Move

Fewer ornaments mean less to clean and a fresher, less cluttered-looking new home

When was the last time you opened a photograph album?

Do you even know which box they are in within the loft?

Chances are you have not got a clue. But there is just something within us that hates to get rid of photographs.

So when it comes to sorting and deciding what photos to keep and which ones to get rid of, it can be a tough call and emotionally draining.

There are ways to declutter your photos that can dilute any guilt you are feeling about the task. Ask members of the family if they would like them or scan the photos and store them digitally.

Once you have a digital copy you can then get a digital photo frame so that you can actually view and appreciate any old photos that otherwise you would very rarely view.

You can also make collages, fridge magnets, or coasters of your favourite photos so you can enjoy them every day.

Offer the photos to other family members and if they don’t want them it is a safe bet they can go.

How to Declutter Clothes Before a Home Move

When was the last time you wore even half the clothes you have?

Most of us tend to wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. We lose weight, gain weight, things go out of fashion or we change our preference for certain styles of clothing.

  • First off, gather all your clothes together so you can see exactly what you have.
  • You can create two piles of clothing, donate and sell. The remainder can go straight into your home moving boxes or back into the closet ready for the packers at a later date.
  • So seasonal wear aside, if you have not worn a garment in the last 6 months, do you really need it?
  • Hoping that one day you will fit in those jeans again? It will probably cost more to pack and move those ‘just in case’, ‘what if’, and ‘maybe’ pieces of clothing than it will to replace them.
  • Come across an item that you are not sure about? Be ruthless. Just get rid of it.
  • Cannot part with your wedding dress or a christening gown? How about making a cushion cover or framing a swatch of the fabric? How about giving it to a family member so they can make their wedding dress or christening gown from the fabric?
  • Consider the location you are moving to. Moving from the city to the countryside, will you need all those suits or long dresses?
  • Don’t forget that you can use some of the clothing that you intend to recycle for protective padding in the moving boxes and then afterward they can be cut up to use as cleaning cloths.

You may also like to read: How to Pack Clothes when Moving Home. In this guide, we offer some tips to make packing your clothes for a home move simpler and easier.

How to Declutter Shoes For a Home Move

We’ll use the same method for decluttering your shoes as for clothes. So you will need a pile for shoes being donated, and one for shoes that you can sell.

  • Use the three-box sorting system of keep, donate, and sell.
  • Do you need 5 pairs of trainers?
  • Are the shoes still in good condition or have they been waiting for a year to be reheeled?
  • How often do you wear them?
  • Do they fit you?
  • Will the shoes now not match your new streamlined clothes collection?
  • Will the shoes be appropriate for the location of your new home? How many pairs of Wellington boots do you need in Knightsbridge?

You may also like to read: How to Pack Shoes for a Home Move. In this guide, we offer some packing tips to help keep your shoes in pristine condition during the home move.

How to Declutter Junk Drawers Ready for a Home Move

Who hasn’t got at least one of these in their home?

Who hasn’t got at least one of these in their homes? You know, the drawer that everything gets thrown into when you are not really sure where they should be kept or it is just convenient to drop the thing into.

Anything from take-out menus and half-dried-up tubes of glue, to old phone chargers usually get dumped in this drawer.

So how do you declutter a junk drawer?

  • Use the three-box sorting system of keep, donate, and sell.
  • Recycle all the bits of paper that are in there (menus, business cards, odd receipts, expired vouchers etc.)
  • If it is broken or serves no useful purpose, it can be thrown in the bin
  • If the item has a place where it should be kept, like odd screws, return it to its rightful place in the home.
  • You will probably find an assortment of batteries. Test them so that you can recycle the dead ones and keep the good ones.
  • Old phone chargers are another item usually found in junk drawers. These can be sold at a car boot sale if you plan on having one or recycled.
  • Odd elastic bands, pens, buttons, drawing pins, and such like can all be grouped into similar piles and put into plastic bags. Then when it comes to packing them up they can go straight into the moving box.

You may also like to read: How to do a car boot sale before moving home. A fun way to raise some cash for your home move is to hold a car boot sale for all the things that you have decluttered. Here we share some tips to make your car boot sale a success.

How to Declutter a Bathroom Ready for a Home Move

Even the smallest room of the home will seem larger with less clutter in it.

Most bathrooms tend to be on the small side but still can get cluttered with things you don’t need to take to your new home.

So prepare for your upcoming home move by considering the following things:

  • Use the three-box sorting system of keep, donate, and sell.
  • Liquids can easily spill and damage other more precious items when moving home. So try to time running out of shampoos etc. just before you move. Normally buy a litre of shower gel? Buy a half litre so you run out just before moving day.
  • Old toothbrushes can be used for cleaning grout on tiles for example. After your pre-move-out clean, bin them and buy new ones once you get to your new home.
  • Out-of-date medicines should be disposed of carefully so that children cannot get access to them. Often a pharmacy will take out-of-date medicines and dispose of them safely for you.
  • Lotions, aftershaves, and perfumes that you no longer use can be donated to friends or family.
  • Old make-up that is no longer in fashionable colours or that never really suited you can all be given away.
  • Old towels can be used for protective padding in your moving boxes and then cut up to make cleaning cloths for your new home.
  • Do you really really love the decorative objects in your bathroom? Is that mirror suitable for your new bathroom? Is it worth the risk of damaging it when you move it?

You may also like to read: How to Pack a Bathroom When Moving Home. In this guide, we offer some packing tips for your bathroom to ensure that there are no spillages or breakages during your relocation.

How to Declutter a Bedroom for a Home Move

Clear out all the clutter for a relaxing bedroom

In this epic decluttering guide we have already learned how to declutter clothes and shoes, how to sort out books and magazines, how to declutter furniture, and how to declutter sentimental items, so we are halfway to having decluttered the bedroom already.

  • Most experts agree that a clutter-free bedroom aids a good night’s sleep so keep this in mind when you are sorting out your bedroom.
  • Your bed takes up the majority of the floor space in a bedroom, so makes a good surface to declutter all your things upon.
  • Use the three-box sorting system of keep, donate, and sell.
  • Start decluttering the flat surfaces like shelves and dresser tops first
  • Work on small areas so that you do not get overwhelmed
  • Group like-for-like items together so that they are easier to declutter
  • Ask yourself whether you would buy that item today given the choice. If the answer is no, then it is time to donate, sell or recycle it.
  • Use the techniques we learned earlier to declutter books and magazines.
  • Likewise, how to declutter shoes and clothing we covered earlier.
  • Toys that are no longer played with can be donated to a local hospital or charity.
  • Check your floor plan to determine if you need to dispose of any bedroom furniture that will not fit in your new home.
  • Old blankets or sheets that you intend to recycle can be used as padding around fragile items in your moving boxes. Just remember to recycle them or repurpose them as cleaning cloths once you have moved so that they do not clutter up your new bedrooms.
  • When decluttering decorative items consider the ambiance you want to create in your new home, and consider the era or style of the new bedrooms. If you do not absolutely love the item then don’t waste money moving it to your new home.
  • Measure wardrobes and chest of drawers to ensure that they will fit through the doorways of your new home.

You may also like to read: How to Pack a Bedroom for Moving in which we look at how to easily and quickly pack up a bedroom for moving.

How to Declutter a Kitchen for a Home Move

The fewer items you have to move the fewer moving boxes you will need.

You will probably need to allocate a day or two to declutter a kitchen ready for a home move.

As we have learned already, tackle small areas at a time so that you do not get overwhelmed.

  • Work on specific areas or groups of things like utensils or small appliances
  • Gather all like-for-like items so you can see exactly what you have got
  • Use the three-box sorting system of keep, donate, and sell.
  • Start with all those time-saving, must-have, electric hand whisks and vegetable slicers that you have probably never ever used. Yes, they are more efficient, but 9 times out of 10 you will grab your trusty hand whisk rather than unpack, set up, use for 30 seconds, and then spend half an hour cleaning before packing away again the electric one.
  • If you have not used an item in the last 6 months, then you really don’t need it.
  • Gather all your utensils together. If you have duplicates, ask yourself if you really need 2 sieves the same size or 8 different spatulas.
  • Nearly every kitchen has a junk drawer and we have already learned how to declutter that earlier in this guide.
  • Go through your dry goods store cupboard and check the dates on everything. You may be surprised at the number of things that are out of date.
  • Plan on using up all your perishable food before moving day. Make a list of all the ingredients you have in your cupboards and then prepare menus in the run-up to moving day. The website supercook.com allows you to enter all the ingredients you have and then suggests recipes based on those ingredients.
  • Sort through your fridge and freezer so you know what meals you can prepare before moving day.
  • Empty your freezer and fridge at least 24 hours before moving day so that it has time to defrost and time for you to clean it.
  • When was the last time you used 5 spice? Consider if you really need to keep every single item you come across or if they are just sitting in the cupboard taking up valuable space.
  • When it comes to glassware or crockery, if they are odd sets, or you just have too many, donate them to a local charity or sell them at a car boot sale.
  • Food storage containers over time warp or you end up with a lid but not the box itself. Pair them up and any mismatches can go. Store them Russian doll style, inside of each other, ready to be packed for the home move.
  • Pots, pans, baking trays, and cake tins. Do you need so many different sizes? Are the handles working loose and cannot be tightened so they are dangerous when you use them? Are they just not in good enough condition to warrant spending the time and effort, let alone the cost, of packing them for the home move?
  • Plan on using up all your cleaning products before moving day. This will prevent the risk of liquid spillages damaging any of your precious items being moved.
  • Cookbooks are heavy to move to your new home and in all likelihood, you rarely open them anyway. Any number of recipes are available online so there is really no need to have cookbooks and cooking magazines cluttering up your kitchen.
  • Old dish towels can be used for cleaning or adding protection to your fragile items when you pack them.
  • Go through your cutlery and see exactly what you have. Now would be a good time to get rid of all those mismatched sets and odd pieces of cutlery you have.
  • Decide if your decorative kitchen items will match your new kitchen, or if you really want to take them with you. The more clutter you have the smaller space seems and the more there is to keep clean so bear this in mind when deciding if to keep an item.

You may also like to read: How to Pack a Kitchen for Moving Home in which we go into this subject in far more detail so that you can safely relocate all your kitchen items to your new home.

How to Declutter a Lounge when Moving Home

Have only the things that you cherish and bring you joy in your new home.

The living room is probably the most used room in the home so tends to accumulate all kinds of junk and a wide variety of items.

Depending on how cluttered or large your lounge is you may have to allocate a whole day or two to decluttering this room.

  • Use the three-box sorting system of keep, donate, and sell.
  • Start by decluttering all the surfaces such as shelves and cabinet tops
  • Look at all your ornaments and really think whether you want to keep them or not.
  • Will your collection of crystal or figurines be going to your new home? Will you have the space, or do you want to keep having to clean them? Do you really love them?
  • Consider having a digital photo frame rather than 10 individual photo frames. The pictures can easily be updated and changed, and there will be less clutter to clean in your new home.
  • Cupboards and drawers are next.
  • Be ruthless with things like DVDs, records, books, and magazines all of which are easily available online to view or listen to.
  • Decide if the soft furnishings will go with the décor in your new home. Although they are light to pack, they can take up a lot of space in the removal van.
  • Use a floor plan of your new home to decide which pieces of furniture will be moved to your new home.
  • Do you really need more than one coffee table or table lamp? If you don’t use them or absolutely love them, now is the time to get rid of them.
  • The same goes for wall hangings. Would you spend your hard-earned cash on buying that picture today? If not then it can go.
  • Will you be taking your pot plants with you? They can easily get damaged during a home move so decide now if you really want to take them with you.
  • Will the rugs clash with the floor covering in your new home?

You may also like to read: How to Pack a Living Room For Moving Home. In this guide, we offer packing tips and packing strategies for every item you are likely to find in the average living room or lounge.

How to Declutter Quickly when Moving Home

In an ideal world, you will have planned your home move with plenty of time to declutter before the packing process starts. But often things do not go according to plan so how do you declutter your home quickly?

  • Make a plan of which rooms you will tackle first based on the worst first.
  • Set a time limit for each room and keep to it.
  • Use the three-box sorting system of keep, donate, and sell.
  • Alternatively, you may just decide to donate everything to a worthy cause for an even quicker move.
  • Work in small areas or groups of items at a time. Small goals are reached more easily and are less overwhelming.
  • Focus on exactly why you need to declutter: To save time and money on your home move but also so that your new home, and the items within it, you will adore.
  • If you have children arrange for a babysitter or better still arrange for them to be looked after at a friend’s or relative’s home whilst you declutter.
  • Putting your pets in boarding whilst you declutter will be less stressful for them and less distracting for you, not having to stop to take the dog for a walk for example.
  • Play some music as you work, it will help motivate you.
  • Reward yourself after each completed room or zone to keep yourself motivated.
  • Leave the sentimental items to sort till last. You will waste time dwelling on whether to get rid of them or not, but by the time you get to those items, you will be in full purge mode.

You may also like to read: How to Move Home Quickly. In this guide, we offer some tips on how to move home quickly and safely.

Where to get Professional Help for Decluttering Your Home

The ultimate aim is to have a happy and stress-free home move

If you have a large home, live with a hoarder, or are just not physically up to the task of decluttering your home then there is help available.

The Association of Professional Declutters and Organisers has a network of UK-wide professionals to help you declutter and organise your home.

Just put your postcode into the search engine on the site and find a local member who will help to declutter your home ready for your home move.

Congratulations! Your home is now clutter-free and as a result, you will be saving time and money on your home move.

And be feeling a whole lot better about the beautiful space you will create in your new home.

All that remains now is to find a local removal company that will enable you to have a stress-free home move.

Now you have only items to pack that you truly love and want to keep, invest in having them professionally packed and moved by a full-service removal company.

They will have the skills and quality packing materials to ensure all your cherished goods are protected during every stage of your home move.

You may also like to read: How to Pick a Good Removal Company. Choosing a good removal company can be daunting. In this guide, we take you step-by-step through the process of hiring the best removal firm for your particular home moving needs.

Good luck with your home move and leave any comments below if you have any decluttering tips you would like to share. Thanks.

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