10 Steps to Declutter Before Your Move

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Declutter Before Your Move

Moving can be a transformative time; it’s a fresh start and a chance to evaluate what you truly need in your life. Decluttering before you move not only simplifies the packing process but also reduces moving costs and helps you organise your new space more efficiently. Here are ten essential steps to effectively declutter your home before your big move with Hintz Removals.


Start Early and Create a Plan

Begin the decluttering process at least a month before your move. Schedule specific days in your calendar dedicated to different areas of your home. For comprehensive planning tips, visit our Pre-Move Planning Guide.

Create a Sorting System

Use a simple sorting system with categories such as “keep,” “donate,” “sell,” and “discard.” Label boxes or bins to make the sorting process straightforward and manageable.

Tackle One Room at a Time

Focus on one room at a time to avoid being overwhelmed. This methodical approach helps you see progress and provides a sense of accomplishment with each completed space. Check out more room-by-room strategies on our Moving Tips page.

Use the 12-Month Rule

If you haven’t used an item in the last 12 months, it’s a strong candidate for donation or sale. This rule is particularly effective for clothing, kitchen gadgets, and hobby materials.

Digitise What You Can

Reduce physical clutter by digitising items that can be stored electronically, such as documents, receipts, and photographs. This not only saves space but also simplifies organisation in your new home.

Assess Large Items

Evaluate large pieces of furniture and appliances. Consider the layout and size of your new home—will these items fit or match the style? If not, selling or donating them can reduce moving costs significantly. For removal services, visit our House Removals page.

Deal with Duplicates

Common in kitchens and linen closets, duplicates can add unnecessary volume to your move. Keep the best and donate the rest.

Handle Hazardous Materials Properly

Some items, such as paints, chemicals, and certain cleaners, can’t be moved safely or are prohibited by moving companies. Dispose of these items properly ahead of time. For more details on handling hazardous materials, contact us via our Contact Page.

Involve the Whole Family

Make decluttering a family activity. Each member should be responsible for their own belongings, which helps spread the workload and allows personal decisions about what to keep.

Consider a Pre-Move Clearance

For items too large or numerous to sell or donate individually, consider using a house clearance service. This is an efficient way to handle bulk items and can be particularly useful if you are downsizing. Learn more about our clearance services at House Clearance with Hintz Removals.

Final Thought

Decluttering is not just about reducing the amount of stuff you have to move—it’s about making thoughtful decisions regarding what you choose to bring into your new life. Each item you decide to keep should help make your new house feel like a home.

Organise your move with a trusted partner; visit our Man and Van page for small moves, or start your journey with us from our About Us page to understand better how Hintz Removals can facilitate a smoother transition.

By decluttering effectively before your move, you set the stage for a new chapter with less clutter and more joy. For a truly organised move, don’t forget to create a moving checklist using our guide on How to Create a Moving Checklist.

Good luck, and happy moving!

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