How to declutter and organise your home before moving

Here’s a guide, on how to organize and tidy up your home before moving. It’s an opportunity to simplify the moving process and avoid carrying items into your new place.

Start by setting goals;

  • Assess the space; If possible get a floor plan or visit your new home to understand the available space.
  • Visualize; Imagine how you want each room to look and function. This vision will help you declutter effectively.

Sort your belongings into categories;

Group your items into categories like clothes, books, kitchenware, etc. This will make it easier to assess the number of items and streamline the decluttering process.

Use the Four Box Method;

For each category use four labeled boxes; ‘Keep’ ‘Donate’ ‘Sell’ and ‘Throw Away’.

  • Keep; Items you frequently use or have value.
  • Donate; Good quality items that you no longer need can benefit charities like Oxfam, British Heart Foundation, and others.
  • Sell; Items, in condition that could fetch a price.
  • Throw away; get rid of items you are never going to use or give them away for free using community groups such as “I need a whisk” Winchester Facebook group.

Here are some tips, for managing your belongings during a move;

  1. Utilise UK platforms like Gumtree, eBay, or local car boot sales to sell or give away items you no longer need.
  2. Get rid of worn-out or nonfunctional items that are no longer useful.
  3. Consider short-term storage options for items you want to keep. Won’t have space for it in your home. There are UK-based companies that offer rental storage units to suit needs and budgets.
  4. Digitize documents by scanning them and saving them in cloud storage or an external hard drive.
  5. Convert photos into a format using scanning services or do-it-yourself methods.
  6. Be mindful when dealing with items. While it’s important to cherish memories consider keeping a few and taking photographs of others as a way of preserving them digitally.
  7. Take another look at your wardrobe. Organize it accordingly;
    • Sort clothes based on seasons if you’re moving during summer or winter.
    • Prioritize quality over quantity by keeping items that are of better quality rather than having multiples of similar ones.
  1. Keep track of expiry dates;
    • Discard any. Soon-to-expire food items.

These suggestions will help you declutter and manage your belongings effectively while preparing for a move.

Make sure you don’t bring along any expired medications when you move. In the UK pharmacies can safely dispose of them for you.

When it comes to recycling follow the guidelines set by your council in the UK. They have facilities, for recycling items like electronics and garden waste. It’s important to dispose of these items in a way.

As you pack your belongings it’s helpful to stay organized. Label your boxes clearly based on their contents. Which room do they belong to? Additionally, create an inventory list of everything you’ve packed. This will be a lifesaver when you need to find something after the move.

In conclusion, decluttering and organizing before moving is very practical.

While it may seem like a big task, approaching it with structure and a positive mindset allows for a start in your new home. Remember, it’s not about getting rid of things; it’s, about making space for new memories and experiences. Wishing you an easy and stress-free move!