When you are moving house you are sure to want some tips and tricks to make the whole process easier and go quicker. A quick search will reveal to you that one of the best ways of making the moving process easier is to declutter your home.
You might be asking yourself what the point of decluttering your home is. You like everything that you own, and you just can’t be bothered going through your dark closets to see what you have. You might even fear what you might find!
When you are moving house the price will be calculated based on a number of different things such as distance moving, road access, and move volume. The volume of your move refers to the amount of space that you will require in the truck. If you have copious amounts of items that you don’t use or that you will probably end up throwing away when you arrive in your new home, then you could end up spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars extra on your move.
Decluttering is an excellent way of keeping the cost of your move down. It will also mean that you do not have to spend as much money on packing materials such as boxes!
If you have less stuff to pack, then you have less stuff to unpack which mean that you can focus your energies on getting settled in to your new home. Chances are you will want to redecorate a little in your new home also, so it gives you more breathing space to really refresh your surroundings.
Tips for decluttering
- Understand why you have lots of things – identifying why it is that you have collected so many random things and why it is that you have held on to them is the first step toward decluttering your home for a move. Remember that your home is not a museum for things of your past and that memories can be kept to photos not things.
- Get started early – like anything in life, decluttering is easier if you give yourself time. Get started a few months before moving day, if you can start as soon as you decide to move home is also a good idea. Getting started early means that you only have to do maybe 30 minutes a day for a few weeks and you will have achieved the same result as a full weekend of intensive decluttering.
- Get a friend to help – getting a friend to help you can turn a seemingly arduous task into fun. Blast some good music and get stuck into it, the music will add some energy to the activity. Having a friend help you with your decluttering will also be useful as your friend will not have the same emotional attachments to your possessions that you do. They will be able to tell you to throw away the items which you are only holding on to for sentimental value or that you are only holding on to because you ‘think you might use it one day’.
- Don’t buy anything new – as soon as you decide that you are moving home, put a hold on buying anything new. Do not buy anything new until you are safely in your new home. This will not only save you money by not making any new purchases but will also save you money by reducing the volume of your move.
- Look through to check whether you are holding on to other people’s things – you might be surprised by the number of things that you have accumulated over the years that don’t belong to you. Make an effort to return anything you don’t own to their original owners.
- The 12-18-month rule – this one is the oldest trick in the book. Get rid of anything that you haven’t used or thought of in the past 12-18 months. This makes it easier to get rid of things that you were holding on to purely for sentimental value and helps you to reduce your belongings to the things that you are using.
What to do with your unwanted possessions
Once your friends and family have been through everything, it can be hard to know what to do with what is left but there are plenty of organisations that are more than willing to accept donations. We decided to make things easier by listing a few organisations that can be found across the country:
- Salvation Army – https://www.salvationarmy.org.au
- St Vincent de Paul – https://www.vinnies.org.au
- Goodwill – https://www.goodwill.org
- Local Library (for books)
- Foodbank (moving with foodstuffs is impractical so donate any unopened foods to the less fortunate at Foodbank)
Decluttering is one of the best things that you can do to reduce not only the cost of your move but also how much time it is going to take for you to execute your move. No one wants to spend hours packing and unpacking, especially if half of the items you are putting away should have been thrown out years ago. One of the most common stresses for people moving home is that they have too much stuff and that moving is going to be a huge job. Make it easier by getting rid of some of those unwanted clothes or trinkets that you don’t even remember you have.
For more tips and tricks for when you’re moving check out the resources section of our website.