How to Declutter Your Home Before a Long Distance Move

Both local and long-distance moving companies are often asked by their clients how they can deal with the clutter they tend to encounter when packing up their homes. Moving your home is an excellent opportunity to get rid of all of the unnecessary chattels that have been gradually piling up. Packing up to move can be challenging and time-consuming as it is; you can make it easier by getting rid of all that stuff you do not need to take with you and which is only making your moving preparations more labor-intensive than they need to be. Here are some decluttering tips to help you streamline that long-distance move.

Don’t leave it to the last minute

The key to successfully packing a large and cluttered household is to start early. Start packing weeks before the move, tackling it room by room and giving yourself time to plan what you are taking with you.

Sort as you go

As you tackle each room, going through closets, cupboards and drawers, immediately sort the things you are going to keep from those you are going to get rid of. At any given moment, have two boxes in front of you: one that will go to the new house and one for donations. Whatever doesn’t fit into either of these two categories is to be thrown away. These decisions can be stressful, but if you’ve given yourself enough time to pack, you don’t need to rush it.

Be as practical and ruthless as possible!

When you’re stuck on a decision to keep or get rid of something, try to remove sentimentality from the equation. Ask yourself: “When last did I use this, or even look at it?” “When will I ever use it again?” If the answers to those questions are “I can’t even remember,” and “Never,” then it should go in the Donate box or get thrown out.

The most important thing, aside from giving yourself the time you need, is to approach everything in manageable pieces: room by room, closet by closet, box by box. This way, you won’t get overwhelmed and you can complete your move slowly, surely and steadily.

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