The more prepared you are for moving day, the better. If you can declutter and get rid of some unwanted items before you move, fewer things will need to be packed and unpacked. Check out the six steps you can take before you move to declutter and set yourself up for moving success.
1. Start early
You can start sorting your unwanted items into purge piles before you even list your home. The earlier you start, the easier the whole process will be.
2. Set aside enough time
Aim to spend an hour or two planning and then an additional two or three hours per room to declutter and clean. Make sure to plan to spend time on outdoor spaces too; sheds, outdoor play areas and living spaces are often forgotten until the last minute.
3. Clean out your closets
Set aside any clothes you haven't worn in a year or more. Realistically if you haven’t worn it since last year, you probably never will! If the clothing pieces are still in good condition, pass them on to friends and family or your local donation center. Anything you decide to keep, sort by seasonality or category so it’s easier to organize when you move into your new home.
4. Dig into storage rooms
If there's something that’s been sitting in a box for years, don’t take it with you to your new place, as it will just contribute to clutter. Instead, get rid of it or donate it! If you're unsure of the donation process, check out this list of common items that donation centers accept.
5. Get rid of large items
Do you have old furniture or bulky items you don’t use anymore? You don’t want to pay movers extra to transport something you already know you won’t need. Plan to get rid of these before moving day so you aren't left with the task the day of.
6. Haul it away
Once you’ve sorted everything you want to get rid of, call 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and we can send your junk packing! Moving already takes up a lot of time, so let us help you clear out those unwanted items so you can focus on other important aspects of the move.
1-800-GOT-JUNK? can also help at any stage of your move, whether you need a hand getting rid of items at the last minute on moving day, or have some more junk to get rid of when you’re done unpacking at your new place. To make it even easier, Coming Home readers get $40 off Junk Removal—click here and use code CHIP40.