It’s your move! 8 ways to declutter your home
26 September 2014
It can feel like one of the most challenging events that life throws at you but, with a little planning, moving to a new home really can be stress free…
Let’s face it, few of us relish the idea of moving – the upheaval, all the organising and the worry of sorting out our belongings can be overwhelming. But don’t let it overshadow the excitement and anticipation of moving to a lovely new home. Many of the customers we work with are downsizing by a third, often from a house to an apartment, and, of course, it can be daunting, We spend many years collecting items that clutter up our lives and cupboards, so a move is a great time to do something about that. If you take it one step at a time, you will be amazed with what you can achieve. It can be hugely liberating.
8 ways to declutter
- Take your time. Don’t expect to make all the decisions in a day. Sit quietly with a cup of tea and have a think about what you may want to take and what you could leave. Start making a ‘take’ and ‘leave’ list, or put different coloured ‘take’ and ‘leave’ stickers on things.
- Blitz that spare wardrobe. We all have a wardrobe or cupboard filled with clothes we haven’t worn in ages. Try to be firm with yourself, if it’s been over three years since you last wore something, it’s probably time for the charity shop.
- Pick one. A set of crockery and a spare set is enough – no one needs six. Ditch those mismatched plates, too.
- Get help. Invite family and friends around to help you make those difficult decisions on big pieces of furniture, etc – they’ll often be happy to take some furniture or white goods off your hands.
- Sell large items. If you have furniture that may be of value and you know that it will be too big for your new home, ask a local auction house to give you an idea of how much you could get for it. You could use the money you make to treat yourself to new soft furnishings.
- Recycle. Households in England throw away £435m in repairable goods each year. Many charities will pick up larger items to repurpose. Log onto www.furnituredonationnetwork.org, who can help you donate furniture to charities. The British Heart Foundation has a free furniture and electricals collection service. Call 0844 412 5000, ask at your local store or visit www.bhf.org.uk.
- Get shredding. Lots of paper is heavy, so try to sift through old items you don’t want and put them in the recycling bin. Shred paper with personal information. Keep important documents in a lidded plastic crate for easy access when you move.
- Hire a skip. It’s worth it if you have a lot of rubbish. Remember this is a positive step, many people feel a huge weight lifted when they get rid of clutter.
We spend many years collecting items that clutter up our lives and cupboards, so a move is a great time to do something about that.
For more information about the removals service we offer to all new homeowners, contact your local retirement development.