Purge Your House: Tips for Decluttering Before the Move

If you’re relocating anytime soon, it’s never too early to begin the process of purging your house.

Getting rid of junk and unnecessary items before you move means a quicker, easier moving day as you’ll have fewer things to pack and transport to your new home. Plus, moving with less stuff saves some money too. Purging is especially crucial for those moving cross-country.  

And, since there are 300,000 items in the average US home, it’s almost certain that you have plenty of stuff you don’t need!

Check out these tips on how to purge your house before you move.

Your Guide to Decluttering Pre-Move

Follow this step-by-step guide to identifying what stays and what goes when decluttering before a move.

Step 1: Sort Everything

The best way to purge your house is first to sort your possessions into three piles. One pile is for the things you want to keep, one is for the items you’re not sure about, and the third pile is for the stuff you want to get rid of.

Above all, be ruthless. Ask yourself, have you used that ab cruncher since you got it? Does your kid still play with that old toy? Will, your dog, ever use that dog bed you got for him?

If the answer is no, it goes into the ‘discard’ pile.  

Separate the things you’re not sure about and the things you definitely want to keep. Pack the stuff you’re purging into boxes or bags and label them as such.

Step 2: Repeat Step 1

As long as you don’t need to move out super-fast, aim to wait about 30 days then repeat the sorting process. Now is the time to revisit the items you weren’t sure about, and decide if they should stay or go.

By now, you’re likely to have started to appreciate the benefits of having less clutter. Plus, you should feel less emotional about parting with your belongings.

Step 3: Purge Before Moving

The most crucial part of the pre-move purge is to get rid of your unwanted things. You can do this by donating them, selling them, or discarding them.

Donating your things is the best method. It’s quicker and easier than selling them, and you’ll be supporting a good cause. Take your unwanted items to Goodwill, or donate them to a cause or charity you’re passionate about.

Selling your things can be a bit more work, although it does mean you’ll have some extra cash for the move.

If a garage sale isn’t an option, check out these online sources for selling your goods. Here are some sites to check out:

  • Craigslist: Ideal for selling large items like furniture
  • Amazon: Perfect for selling gadgets
  • Gazelle: This site specializes in technology and is even simpler to use than Amazon
  • ThredUp: An easy way to sell your unwanted or unworn clothes
  • Bookscouter: Great for selling old books and textbooks

Although throwing your stuff away might seem like the easiest option, try to recycle it if you can. And use Gazelle to dispose of any dead tech safely.

Purge Your House for an Easy Moving Day

With this guide on how to purge your house, it should be a lot easier to part with all your old unnecessary stuff and clutter.

And, as a result, moving to your new place will be a breeze!

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