How To Declutter Your Home Before Moving

Tuesday 18th April 2023

When it comes to decluttering, opinions are mixed. Many of us love the thrill involved in getting rid of things we no longer need, but it’s just as common to absolutely hate the thought of having to part ways with your prized possessions. 

Whichever camp of movers you fall into, you will probably need to declutter your home before moving, especially if you are downsizing or moving abroad with limited packing space. Our quick guide will help you make sure you know how to go about the process in the best way so that you can start fresh in your new place after a job well done.

Create a plan

Decluttering your home before moving can feel like a daunting task, particularly if you need to get rid of lots of things or haven’t had a big clear out in a while. It can be tempting to go in blindly while you are packing or just sort through bits and pieces here and there. However, you’ll find decluttering much easier if you make a proper plan of action.

Many movers decide to work through their house room by room. Adopting this tactic means you can be sure you don’t miss anything important before getting distracted by a different area of the house. It’s also much easier to work out what you actually need when everything from one room is laid out in front of you.

Donate to charity

One of the reasons why you may need to declutter your home before moving is to make way for new pieces of furniture. No matter where you live, local charities will always be grateful to find new owners for your unwanted furniture. These items could make a huge difference to others on lower incomes or provide a great starting block for young individuals and couples just stepping onto the housing ladder with a limited budget. 

Utilise recycling services

If your unwanted clutter is in bad condition or cannot be rehomed, you’ll need to dispose of it correctly. Most local councils offer a bulky waste collection. Bear in mind that there might be a small charge for this service depending on what it is that you need to dispose of. Alternatively, if you have smaller items to recycle or the means to transport bigger items yourself, you can search for your local recycling centre online and take it there yourself. 

Sell online

Moving home can be expensive and even a small boost to your budget can relieve some of the stress involved. As you’re digging through your cupboards to declutter your home, you might stumble across collectables you haven’t seen in a while or next-to-new clothing that you simply won’t wear again. Why not sell these items online to make a quick bit of cash?

Selling on eBay is a simple and easy way to flog almost anything. Alternatively, up-and-coming platforms like Vinted are a great way to find a new home for your unwanted shoes and clothing. Just try not to get carried away with the fantastic bargains from other sellers!

Get help from your removal company

Finding a good removal company is an essential part of any smooth house move. If you need to declutter your home before moving, it makes sense to explore companies that can also help you get rid of your unwanted items. They can use their expertise to arrange for your unwanted items to be disposed of, including us here at Hackworthy & Sons. 

We understand that moving home is a busy time, so are happy to do all that we can to take any stress associated with decluttering away from your moving experience. Get in touch to discuss your options or request a quick quote to find out how Hackworthy could help you with your whole move.