Decluttering Your Home: Preparing for Viewings & Moving 

Decluttering your home can be a challenging task. You could be struggling to do it for several reasons. Is it because you’re afraid to let go of things for sentimental value? Or do you have so much to get rid of, that you’re overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin? One of the most motivating reasons may be a future move, especially when you consider the associated costs of moving unnecessary extra clutter! 

How to Start Decluttering Your Home 

Marie Kondo, the bestselling Japanese author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, popularised the concept of decluttering your home through minimalism with a simple notion: do your possessions spark joy? Work on one room at a time in your property. Take the time to carefully assess each item in each room. If you do not feel excited or pleased with the things you own, then why do you keep them? If you keep them out of habit, then perhaps it’s time to let them go.  

On the other hand, if you are overly passionate in wanting to minimise your possessions, you may leap into throwing things quickly and regret parting with some items later. Once you have bagged things up to get rid of, leave it for a day and see if there’s anything you had planned to part with that you would truly miss. If not, then let it go.  

Clothes, Shoes and Handbags 

Furniture and ornaments aren’t the only things that can cramp up our space. Go through your wardrobes, drawers and shoe rack to determine what you want to keep and what can be thrown away. You may be surprised when you find items you forgot you even had. 

Are there maybe seasonal items that can be packed away in vacuum packed bags in the loft or under your bed? Heavy winter coats, jumpers and boots can take up spare and look particularly messy when not in regular use in the spring or summer months. 

It can be hard to let some things go, but if you are being serious about cutting down on your possessions, you need to be more critical of each item. How often do you wear that item of clothing? Does it still fit you? Many charities now have clothes collection bins in car parks making donations quick and easy. 

Aside from donating them, any soft clothing could be refashioned into something new. Maybe you could cut old pieces up and use them in a patchwork blanket, which would be a positive alternative to old clothes you don’t wear. You can also find better ways to fold and hang your clothes, so that your wardrobe and drawers are manageable when you open them up to find things.  

Furnishings 

Everyone wants their home to look pretty and may put ornaments in rooms or set up furnishings to assist with this. However, sometimes attempting to dress up our homes can actually work against it, by making it look smaller instead. If you want to cut down on furniture and furnishings, you can still decorate while decluttering your home, without buying lots of things. Instead of plain painted walls, a creatively patterned wallpaper can add some colour or life to your room without actually putting anything in it.  

What to Do with the Clutter 

If you do need to cut down on what you own, we hope you can do it in a way that works well for you. However, you could also help others, by passing your old things onto places where they may be helpful:  

  1. Charity Shops – You can donate things to charity shops, where they would be sold for a lower cost than you paid for the items, while also helping out the charity itself.   
  1. Old Toys – You can also check with your local nurseries, playgroups, toy banks and schools if they accept old toys and if so, which kind.  
  1. Clothes – Similarly, old clothes, toys and other things could be accepted as donations in homeless or domestic abuse shelters.  
  1. eBay and Car Boot Sales – If you are looking to make a profit, then you may consider car boot sales or second-hand websites such as eBay.  
  1. Paperwork – Gather all your paperwork together from around your home, go through it and get rid of as much as possible. Most people keep paperwork because it may be useful one day. However, most things can now be found online, so only keep important paperwork. You definitely don’t need outdated bills, manuals for items you no longer have, old invitations etc.  
  1. Magazines/Newspapers – This also includes magazines and newspapers you’ve been meaning to read, but haven’t. Shred anything that has your name and address and financial details on them to prevent identity theft. Scanning documents to your computer also saves space, but make sure it’s backed up.
  1. Lofts, Basements and Cellars – These are such useful storage spaces but often they just turn into dumping grounds particularly if you’ve lived in your home for a number of years. They can take a while to clear so don’t leave these until the last minute!  
  1. Kitchen Cupboards – Taking the time to clean out your kitchen cupboards, throw out of date items and have a general tidy up can be very rewarding with quick visual impact. 
  1. Books – Look at your bookshelves and decide which of your books you would want to reread. If you don’t want to reread them and aren’t keeping them for sentimental reasons, then why not let them go? 
  1. Duplicate Gifts – Mugs and socks are examples of easy-to-give gifts, which may have piled up in your drawers or cupboards, leaving you with more than you probably need. Check the quality on things like these and decide which ones you would most like to keep, and which ones can go  

Conclusion 

Whether you’re selling a house, buying a new one, trying to downsize or simply want a more manageable home and to save on removal costs, you can always find a good time for decluttering your home.

Multiple studies over the years have shown how living in clean, tidy and spacious environments can have great positive effects on mental wellbeing, including clarity and focus. Additionally, with less things lying around, there aren’t as many pieces in your home that could cause an accident, such as tripping over. So, why not start decluttering right now?  

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