Messy home? Declutter and purge before moving

The stress of moving homes can be daunting, especially when your current abode is looking a little less than tidy.

A messy home can be costly, time consuming and leave you drowning in a sea of clutter. We know you don’t want to pay a removalist to relocate any unwanted stuff to your new house.

Whether you’ve booked a professional removalist or decided to make the move yourself, it’s time to tick off this house packing checklist we’ve created.

Here are some handy tips to help you declutter and purge.

1. Give yourself time

There is nothing worse than leaving packing to the last day, then rushing around to shove everything into boxes. Make sure you set aside ample time to start decluttering well before you move. Moving in a hurry is when things get misplaced or worse, damaged!

Make a list of which rooms and sections to tackle first and set realistic deadlines. Work on one room at a time to avoid excess mess throughout your house and allow yourself ample time to dwell on what you want to keep or get rid of.

We recommend starting your house packing with the rooms you spend the least time in, so it doesn’t interrupt your day-to-day.

It might seem like an obvious tip for moving, but it will help you tackle packing up your house in the best way possible!

2. Does it spark joy?

The deadlines have been set. Now we can get started sorting through your stuff!

Choose a section of the room and remove everything from its storage (closet, drawer, pantry). As you hold each item, follow the wise words of tidying expert and bestselling author, Marie Kondo, and ask yourself, ‘Does it spark joy’?

As silly and simple as it sounds, this is an incredibly effective way to figure out exactly what you need to keep, and what you need to donate or sell.

3. Tidying is about choosing what to keep, not what to get rid of

The most difficult thing about purging your possessions is the thought of giving up your belongings.

Let’s overcome the hoarding. It’s time to shift your perspective.

Make the most of your move by focusing on what you are keeping with you and bringing to your new home. Then have a look at what you’re not taking with you and reminisce on how well they’ve served you.

Remember, it’s okay to let go of items that you once loved but don’t anymore.

If you haven’t picked it up in the last 6-12 months, ask yourself whether it does serve you and is necessary for your new home. Don’t feel obliged to hold onto gifts, cards and books. If they aren’t sacred or aren’t of use, you know what to do.

4. Keep. Donate. Sell. Repurpose.

As you’re decluttering, try organising your things into the following groups: Keep, Donate, Sell and Repurpose. This will keep the mess at bay and declutter your mind as well as your home.

And remember – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

If you’re having trouble letting go, try the method of giving away an item a day. It’s time to channel your inner Oprah and gift it to someone who would put it to good use!

Maybe you just don’t have someone to give it to. If that’s you, try selling your items on Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree, or donating to your favourite charity or local community group. Or consider setting up a stand at a local flea market one weekend. It's a great way to upcycle items you can't see yourself using any longer.

5. Rinse and repeat until you’re happy.

Repeat these steps for every room, and even several times per room to truly declutter and purge before you move homes. Then when you’re done, you can feel fully-satisfied and cross this off your moving house “to do” list.

To help you when you move, we’re putting some of the best moving tips we’ve learnt over the past 25 years on our website.

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