Decluttering ahead of a house move: A comprehensive guide

I have recently helped my bestie with her house move. Moving house can be not only emotional but it can also be a daunting task, so one of the simplest ways to take charge and regain a feeling of control is with some strategic decluttering. By being ruthless before a move you have less to pack and less junk to carry into your new life in your new home.

Where do you start though when it comes to decluttering? London Mums have put together a handy guide to take you step by step through the process.

Start early

There is no such thing as starting too early when it comes to having a good clear-out, so the sooner you can begin the better. If you have more time you can also enjoy the process more, without the pressure of time. It’s a good idea to create a bit of a plan so that you can map exactly what needs to be done by when, assigning completion dates to each room.

stickers to organise house move and decluttering

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This isn’t always easy to stick to of course when you’re moving house, as timescales can be unpredictable. If you’re keen to know exactly when you’ll be moving, you could consider a cash house buying service like We Buy Any Home in Nottingham. When you use We Buy Any Home you’ll get a guaranteed price, funds in your bank in as little as seven days and you get to choose a completion date that suits you.


Sort into four categories

It can feel overwhelming trying to think about what you’re meant to do with each item, so break it down into four basic categories to help you sort quickly and effectively:

  • Keep: Items you use regularly and have a place in your new home.
  • Donate: Items in good condition that you no longer need but could be useful to someone else.
  • Sell: Valuable items that you no longer need. These could be listed on sites like eBay or Facebook Marketplace, or you could go to a car boot sale or hold your own garage sale if you live somewhere with a lot of passing traffic.
  • Bin: Items that are broken, damaged, or no longer usable.

If you’re not sure whether or not to keep something, apply the one year rule. If you haven’t used something in a year – you’ve not worn that dress in any season for example – then chances are you don’t need to keep it. You can make exceptions for sentimental items, but don’t let these get carried away. You might find it useful to assign just one or two sturdy boxes for sentimental things to keep, and then force yourself to prioritise.

Organise important documents

Moving is an excellent opportunity to sort through your paperwork. Shred any documents you no longer need, and organise the ones you do. Important documents such as birth certificates, tax returns, and medical records should be kept in a safe and accessible place.

See if you can digitise your important documents through software like Adobe where possible – this takes up a lot less space and is easier to search through when you need to find something.

By following these steps, you can ensure a more organised, stress-free move and a clutter-free new beginning. Happy moving!

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