Declutter Your Home When Packing To Move

Posted on by Matthew Carter Removals

Moving house is something that is often very stressful and although the thought of moving house is often exciting, the packing is not very enjoyable. After you’ve purchased a new property it’s time to think about packing. This is often the moment that you take a look around and realise just how much ‘stuff’ you actually have. Although packing to move is stressful, it does present a key opportunity for a declutter.


Regardless of when your move is, be it 6 weeks or 6 months away, packing and decluttering will take time. Set aside a few full days where you will be able to do the job with no distractions. Many people are more productive when working alone to ensure that you won’t be disturbed by work, children, pets or friends.

Ensure that you have plenty of materials available for packing and decluttering including boxes, bin bags and tape.


As you begin decluttering, separate your belongings into piles for keeping, donating or selling, and throwing away. If you’re struggling to decide what to get rid of just ask yourself “have I used this in the last 6-12 months?” or “will this item have a place in my brand new home?”. If you haven’t used or worn something for 6-12 months then it’s unlikely you’ll need it again anytime soon. If the item is still in good condition then place it in the pile to sell or donate. If the item is broken, throw it away.

If you’re unsure of where to start, the best idea is to begin with visible spaces. This not only gives you the sense of achievement that you wouldn’t get from behind cupboard doors but if you’re waiting to sell your home, can make it more appealing to buyers. Decluttering the visible spaces can make your room look more open and airy and makes it easier for potential buyers to envision their own belongings there.

Organise Paperwork

Most homes have a cupboard or drawer that is full of unneeded paperwork that hasn’t been looked at for years. Take some time to go through it all, shredding the old and unnecessary paperwork that you have been storing.

Continue To Declutter

Once you are in your new home and beginning to unpack, ask yourself if you really need everything that you are unpacking. Your new home will feel a lot more spacious if you aren’t filling cupboards and shelving with items that won’t be seen or used again for a long time. Be ruthless and discard the items that aren’t needed.

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