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Pro Tips for Decluttering Your Home Before Moving

Are you moving across the Lehigh Valley, or are you a senior moving to a smaller home in another state? Relocating promises a fresh start. However, moving can be stressful, especially with packing and unpacking. The solution? Declutter your home before moving. 

Otherwise, you will waste time and energy moving things you won’t need. Hiring a professional mover could reduce stress. But you’ll only end up paying to move items that may never fit into your new home. Use these pro tips to declutter your home before moving!

What is decluttering? 

But what does decluttering mean? Decluttering involves getting rid of items you no longer need, use, or want. As what constitutes “clutter” differs from individual to individual, the goal of decluttering is to keep only the items with purpose and discard those that no longer add value to your life. 

Benefits of decluttering your home

  • Health benefits: Decluttering offers various mental health benefits, including reducing distraction, promoting productivity, boosting mood, and helping with relaxation. 

  • Saves money: By decluttering your home before moving, you spend less on organizing, maintaining, and cleaning items. You are also less likely to acquire things you don’t need, saving you money. 

  • Makes moving easier: Decluttering before moving can significantly reduce the volume of items you need to pack, transport, and unpack. Even if you hire a pro mover, you will likely receive a lesser quote since there’s less to move. 

  • Increases space: Decluttering maximizes the usable space in your new home, making it feel larger. Your new space will also look and feel cleaner and fresher. 

Tips for decluttering your home before moving 

You know what decluttering is and some of its benefits. Now, it’s time to get into action. Use these tips to declutter like a pro. 

  • Know what you want 

Consider the style and function of each room in the new space. Think about what you want your space to look like and the kind of activities you will do in it. Also, think about how you want the space to feel. Knowing these will help you decide on the right items for the space you envision. 

  • Start early

You’ve spent a lifetime accumulating all that stuff. You won’t be able to go through it all in a few days. Give yourself several weeks or even longer to decide what to keep, donate, or dispose of. 

  • Get a floor plan

Knowing the layout of your new home accelerates the decluttering process, especially if you are downsizing. Measure your new space with tape to know what items will fit into it and those you will have to let go of. 

  • Sort: keep or toss

Tackling one room at a time, sort your belongings, and decide what to keep or discard. It can be hard to let go of some items. But if you haven’t used something in more than one year or wouldn’t buy it if you never had it, let it go. 

For sentimental items you don’t want to part with, digitize them to avoid cluttering your new space. Then, decide whether you wish to donate, sell, or recycle. 

  • Pack at the same time

Don’t wait until you are done sorting through the items before packing. Pack as much as you can while decluttering. This will help you save you a lot of time. 

  • Involve family and friends

You will need as much help as possible, so getting the family involved makes sense. For example, your children can declutter their own rooms. Family members and friends who live nearby can also come over to help, keeping items they fancy in the process. 

Let Lehigh Valley’s pro movers make your move stress-free

Done with decluttering and ready to move? Well done! It’s time to relax. As Lehigh Valley’s pro moving company, we can handle the heavy lifting so that you can enjoy the exciting journey to your new home. Get a FREE estimate today.

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