The 3 Best Strategies To Help You Declutter Before Making A Move

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By Trinity Archie

Updated: May 08, 2024

8 min read

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    Moving is a big task. Packing every item you own, transporting it, and finding a place for it in a new setting is time-consuming and costly. Why add to this challenge by moving items you no longer need or want? Before packing up, it's wise to declutter. 

    This means sorting through your belongings and deciding what to take with you and what to leave behind. Decluttering reduces moving costs and effort. It also makes unpacking and organizing in your new home much easier. In this article, we will guide you through how to effectively declutter before you call Alberta Strong Movers to move your belongings.

    1. Start by Sorting

    When you begin to declutter, start with the areas of your home that you use the least. These might be places like the attic, basement, or garage where items are often stored and forgotten. This is good because you tackle the easier parts first which makes the process less overwhelming. 

    As you sort through these items, organize them into categories: what you will keep, what you can sell, what should be donated, and what needs to be thrown away. Once you have sorted the less used spaces, move on to more frequently used areas, going room by room. This way no item is overlooked and that you only move with items that are useful or meaningful to you.

    2. Make Tough Decisions

    Once you have things sorted it’s time to decide what to keep and get rid of. Deciding what to keep can be challenging, but asking yourself a few key questions can help. Consider how often you use each item. If it hasn't been used in the past year, it might be time to let it go. 

    Once you've decided which items you won't be taking to your new home, it's time to think about how to dispose of them responsibly. Selling items can be a great way to recoup some money. You can use online platforms and groups where you can list your items for sale. 

    For items that aren't right for selling, donating to local charities or thrift stores can be a good option. Many organizations accept gently used clothes, books, and furniture, and your donations could help those in need.

    Everything else can be thrown away by either recycling or by bringing it to a landfill. 

    3. Organize Everything

    After deciding what to take with you, the next step is packing these items efficiently. Packing can be smooth and organized if you plan it carefully. Start by gathering quality moving boxes and packing materials. Label each box clearly with its contents and the room it belongs in. 

    Creating an inventory of your possessions is also a great idea. This list helps you keep track of everything during the move. A well-organized inventory is particularly useful for making sure that nothing gets lost and for managing your items when they arrive at your new place. 

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