Decluttering Before a Move

decluttering before moving


Decluttering before a move is a key part of the moving process, in fact, it should be done even before your home goes on the market.

If you are planning a move in the near future, look around, do you see a lot of clutter? How about this? Are there items stuffed away in a closet that you haven’t looked at or used in years? If you answered yes, it’s probably time to get rid of it.

Donate it, sell it, or trash it.

The key is to start this process early, here’s why:

  • Sell for your asking price – When you list your home, you want it to be as organized and clean as possible for the showing, photography, and open house. The idea is to allow potential buyers to focus on what’s most important: space, light, and flow. You don’t want a potential buyer to become distracted by stuff or the stories behind those personal items. Buyers should aspire to create their own stories and make the space their own.
  • Cut back on moving costs – The more items you have to pack up and move the more expensive moving costs will be. Boxes, storage, and moving vans all cost money, why spend extra money on items you don’t necessarily need or want.
  • Avoid extra stress – It is easy to develop an emotional attachment to your things because they all have a story.  Don’t add to the stress of moving by waiting to declutter.  

Where do you begin with the decluttering process?

Start by asking yourself a simple question: Do I want to pack this, move it, unpack it and display it in my new beautiful home? If the answer is no, you know what to do – Donate it, sell it or trash it.

Give yourself time to go through your belongings and decide what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of.  Gather everything up and start sorting into piles, one for keep, one to sell, one to donate and one to trash. Once you decide what to donate and trash, get rid of them right away. 

It’s usually easiest to start with larger, nonsentimental items. It might also help to invite a friend or family member over to help go through items. They can help motivate you and ease the guilt of giving things away. 

Hope this helps the moving process. If you are thinking about selling your home, call The Rhonda Gustitus Team at 941-426-4394.

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