Whenever my husband starts to see a little too much clutter in our garage, he says “it’s time to move!” and no, we can’t get up and move just because it starts to get messy, what he means is let’s pretend we’re moving so we can get rid of what we don’t need.
True story. We have successfully pretend-moved twice in one year and have been able to hold a garage sale to get rid of lots of lightly used clothes we no longer need. And, we made some extra cash.
So, if you’re really moving, take it from me– it’s the best time to declutter and purge to only keep what you really need to bring to your new home.
Tips for Decluttering When Moving
Take it Step by Step
Joann Lassus has been a Professional Organizer since 1999 and agrees that decluttering can be very overwhelming.
“My biggest piece of advice for decluttering is to not tackle everything at once. Look at the project in stages, not as a whole. If a room, or even a closet, seem overwhelming, choose one shelf in the closet, or pick one area of the room, and concentrate on that as a starting point…start small, and eventually, the room, the closet, the cabinet, the garage, etc., begins to take shape. Seeing even a small amount of progress is a good incentive to keep going,” says Lassus.
Remember, choose a spot or room and pull everything out to determine what you need to pack away and what can be given away to family, friends, or charities. By doing this and taking it step by step, you can move on to a different section of your home and start again.
Remember to label things, to donate/sell or take along, and that way you can start to place these somewhere where it’ll be easier to get to them later.
Ask for Help
Decluttering can be exhilarating when the task is completed, but getting started can be a nightmare.
Sandip Sekhon, co-founder of CastleSmart.com, suggests that you delegate tasks to others who are willing to help.
“Working as a team will make the whole experience more fun and productive,” says Sekhon.
Have a Plan
Figure out what you’re looking to accomplish before you start. Experts recommend to make three piles: trash, donate and sell. That way if you tell yourself you’re going to throw out anything that you haven’t used or enjoyed in the last 12 months, you can put it in the trash pile. If you realize it may be in good enough shape to donate or sell, place it in that pile. No matter whether these become donations or items to sell, you’ll have less to take with you to your new home and be happy to make your load much lighter.