How to Declutter Your Home Before Moving


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Making the move to a new home is an exciting new chapter in your life. But the moving process can open you up to just how cluttered your living space has become and how clutter-free you want your new space to be. That being said, taking that first step to declutter your home and prepare your new space can often be the most difficult for homeowners. Do you find yourself drowning in clutter and in need of support when it comes to getting everything together and ready for the move? If so, here are a few tips on how to declutter your home before moving.

1. Make sure that you know your new space and how much you can fit into it.

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The goal of going through your belongings and getting rid of clutter is to make sure that everything you have will have its own dedicated space. But how do you know what you’ll need in your new home? Let’s imagine that you’re using Ashe County Real Estate to look for your new home. This real estate site offers comprehensive pictures and virtual tours so that you can see your home, condo, or cabin in North Carolina with ease. If your heart is set on property located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Ashe County and surrounding areas like West Jefferson, they’re prepared to help you with your real estate needs.

The most important part of the house-hunting process as a buyer is paying attention to the square footage and features (cabinets, shelves, drawers, etc.) of areas like the bedroom, living room, and beyond. With a full overview of what your home will look like and where everything will go, you can start making a list of what you’ll need and begin developing a more effective decluttering mindset that will help you clear out your stuff and prepare for your decluttering journey. Although there may be some hiccups along the way, you’ll be far more prepared once you move.

2. Stop buying or accepting unnecessary items before you move.

Clutter free living begins long before you actually make your move. If you want to declutter effectively, you must stop buying or accepting items that only contribute to the excess stuff you’ve yet to manage. For example, you can easily begin your journey by stopping all junk mail subscriptions and only accepting essentials so that you don’t have baskets of unread envelopes on your coffee table when you first move into your new home. If you have piles of stuff you never used or just bought and “might need”, you should identify and sort only the essential or sentimental items to see what you really need (if you have young kids, make sure that you do this with them as well). A clutter-free life is not accomplished by just getting rid of things so you have less stuff. It’s about living mindfully and making sure you’re not buying too much to begin with.

3. Separate, sort, and store your stuff until you feel satisfied with your progress.

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Making your home clutter-free can be overwhelming, which is why it’s important to tackle it in stages. Once you’re ready to begin the process of reducing the amount of stuff you own, you will want to take the following steps.

  • Separate your stuff: Seeing everything you own put together makes decluttering overwhelming. Instead, separate your items into distinct categories so that you know exactly what you have. You may even wish to break down larger categories into smaller ones. For example, if you have too much clothing, choosing to break your clothing up into pants, shirts, dresses, skirts, and beyond can be extremely helpful. Only start going through your stuff once it’s been properly separated.
  • Sort your items: The reason why we accumulate junk is that we believe that we need it or we believe that it holds value. For some, the idea of getting rid of stuff can be painful. The key to getting rid of items is to focus on sorting them into categories based on needs, wants, and those that you’re on the fence about. As long as you aren’t holding onto too much, you’ll be okay.
  • Store your stuff away: Once you’ve boiled down your belongings to stuff you truly need, you can begin packing it up and preparing for the move ahead. Just make sure that you’re following practical packing advice to ensure that nothing gets damaged on the way to your new home!

Decluttering is hard, but with the right guidance, you can start living a life that is clutter-free and less stressful. If you’re preparing for a move and want to start off on the right foot, use the tips provided above to declutter your home now and start off with a clutter-free space in your new house.


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