How to Declutter Your Home Before a Move

Post-It Notes to Organize Your MovePacking up all of your worldly possessions in preparation for a move can be a daunting task. However, one of the benefits of moving is that you get to take serious inventory of all of the items that you’ve accumulated over the years in your current home. Moving is a great time to declutter and if you offload a few unnecessary items, you’ll be cutting down your moving cost, leaving room in the budget to purchase new items once you’re settled into your new home!

If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry. Here are a few ways to declutter your home before a move!

Starting to declutter the clutter

Completely decluttering your home is not going to be a weekend task: you need to start as early as possible and give yourself as much time as you can to go through your possessions. Then you can decide whether you want to sell, donate or trash things you no longer need.

  • Starting early is half the battle; if you attempt to declutter while you pack, you’ll just end up making more work for yourself.

Keep in mind that if you’re downsizing your home or moving from a large home to an apartment complex, you’ll need to make some changes in terms of the items that you keep. You may not need every piece of furniture that you currently own: make a list of what you definitely need to keep, then donate or sell the rest. Plus, if you’re moving from a colder climate to a warmer one, you won’t need winter items, such as snow boots and shovels.

  • Pro tip: don’t forget to keep the receipts for the items you donate as they are likely tax deductible!

Recycle, sell, keep, trash and donate: Implement this strategy in every area of your home before moving day!

Dig through the depths of your closets

Sorting and Organzing ClothesOne area that people tend to hoard rarely-worn items is in the closet. Start with common area closets, like your coat closet downstairs, and take everything out and off the hanger. Only keep what you’ve worn recently, and what you’ll need in your new home.

In your bedroom, use a similar method! Look at each piece of clothing and if you haven’t worn it in the past year, consider donating it. If it’s in bad shape or in need of costly repair, it might be time to trash the item.

Clutter accumulates in the basement

Make sure you take some time to go through the basement, attic and other storage areas in your home. Sporting goods that have seen better days, broken equipment, and tools you no longer need or use can be donated or trashed. You may also have memorabilia stored in your basement, so make sure everything is neatly boxed and taking up as little space as possible, to make for an easy move.

Get rid of duplicates

It happens to everyone—you can’t find your crock pot or favorite CD anywhere around the house, so you end up buying another. Well, when you prepare for a move, you’re destined to find what you were looking for and are now stuck with duplicate items. Take this opportunity to let go of the extras!

Sort out the pantry

You might be surprised to find a few expired items in your pantry: it’s always a good idea to look through everything before packing the kitchen. If you find appliances that you haven’t used or thought about in the last year, stick them in the donate or sell pile. Canned goods that you will probably never use (and aren’t expired!) can be donated to local food shelters, and expired items can be recycled.

Take note of what you have left in terms of paper goods, like napkins and paper towels, so that you don’t stock up on them before the move. Plan to buy items like this once you arrive at your new place, to save on those moving costs.

Go through your important and not-so-important documents

Man Shredding Unimportant DocumentsIt’s important to keep your tax documents, but if you have credit card statements or copies of other bills that are more than a few years old, dispose of them by using a shredder or dropping them off at a secure shredding location, like your local post office. You’ll be glad to save the room while packing, since paper will weigh down those office boxes!

As you declutter your home, it’s important to stay focused and be methodical. You don’t want to accidentally miss a closet or a few drawers! Ask your friends and family for help. Moving can be tricky, but spending the day going through old photo albums and having your friends help you go through your closet might be fun!

Once you’re all clutter-free, call Summit Moving & Storage at 604-626-0954 to schedule your move! We have the expertise and equipment necessary to help get your belongings safely and securely to their new home, whether it’s across town, or across the country. Also, be sure to check out our blog for more packing and moving tips!