Ways To Declutter Before Moving House

For a room-based approach, try arranging separate boxes for items you want to keep, donate or toss, and begin in the bathroom or a coat closet. These locations can be easier to declutter, as they typically involve fewer emotional decisions. When you feel more comfortable and practiced, move on to complicated areas such as the kitchen, where there are typically many more items to go through.

If opting to go by category, gather similar items from across the house — such as books or knick-knacks — and make decisions based on the whole collection. One category that shouldn’t be left for last is sentimental items. Going through belongings such as these takes time and can slow down the process due to their emotional value.

For more tips on donating and decluttering during a move, please see the accompanying resource.

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