Moving home can be a brand new start. You might be purchasing your first home, or upgrading to something bigger.
Whether you’re moving within the same town, or to another state, there are lots of things to get organized. To help you clean up and ditch the clutter, pay attention to these five ideas.
CONTENTS – In this article you will learn 5 decluttering and cleaning ideas for moving house, including:
- Using An Application to Get Organized
- Categorizing Your Items
- Find New Homes for Unwanted Items
- Doing a Deep Clean with Natural Products
- Consider Hiring Help
- Final Thoughts on Decluttering and Cleaning Ideas for Moving
1. Applications to Get Organized
Before moving to another state or even locally, you can look to a few apps that can help to declutter and clean your house.
Clutter-free is a great application to help you get rid of unwanted possessions. Using the app you can organize your belongings and create more space in your home.
To create a simple cleaning schedule, try the Tody app. With this app you get cleaning tips and create lists to help you stay on track.
The Moving House Checklist app is a great way to create an inventory and stay on top of your chores. Having an inventory can be useful so that potential moving companies can provide a quote.
2. Split your Items into Categories
When you’re decluttering your possessions, start with just one room.
Go through all the items in the room, and split them into categories.
One category will be ‘Items to Keep’, another ‘Items to Toss’. Create a third category, ‘Unsure,‘ for items that you aren’t certain whether you want to keep or toss. You will return to that decision later on, but this helps you move the process along without getting stuck in indecision.
Now that you’ve broken the contents of the room into your three categories, it’s time to address the items you’re unsure of.
When you’re deciding whether to keep an item or throw it out, answer the following questions:
- Will I miss this item if I don’t take it to my new home?
- How many times do I actually use this item?
- Would I purchase this again if I lost it?
The answers will determine whether it goes into the keep or toss category.
3. Find A New Home for Unwanted Items
When you’ve decided on the items you no longer want, it’s time to figure out how to get rid of them.
You might choose to:
- Discard items that no longer have a useful life or meaning. (If there are a lot of items you’re throwing out, you might want to rent a dumpster.)
- Re-home these items with friends and family who might find them useful and want them.
- Donate them or sell them with using a second-hand app, Facebook marketplace, or a community “freecycle” group.
4. Deep Clean With Natural Products
Before you move, you’ll need to give your home a real deep clean!
It’s best to leave this until the last minute, once your belongings are all packed away.
To clean your home, consider using natural products, instead of toxic cleaners. You can make some great home cleaning solutions with ingredients that are readily available and inexpensive, like white vinegar or baking soda.
You might also want to buy a few cleaners made of plant-based substances. Take a look at brands such as Puracy, or Ecover. These companies provide plenty of popular eco-friendly cleaning products.
5. Consider Hiring Help
Don’t have time or the desire to do the cleaning yourself? Consider hiring a professional cleaner, like BlueSpring Cleaning.
When you’re moving home, you’ll have so much to get ready. You might not have time to get through all your moving chores, which is why it’s good to hire some help.
If you have a bit of time between your moving date and your move in date, you might need to hire a storage company.
Or, you can hire someone to help you pack and prepare for your move. The good news is, there are plenty of professional services to help you achieve a stress-free move, even when your house won’t sell.
Final Thoughts on Decluttering and Cleaning Your Home Before a Move
With the help of these easy tips, you’ll get nice and organized to prepare for your move. Selling your home and moving to a new place is an exciting adventure. Getting organized will help you enjoy the process.
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