Decluttering Before You Move
Have you ever been in a messy room? You probably have, or you might even be the proud owner of a messy room! Packing up a messy room before moving can be quite a challenge. It’s best to clean up your mess before you move so you don’t take all that clutter with you. You’ll want to have a fresh start in the place where you’re moving, after all.
There are many homes with messy rooms where toys are overflowing on the floor, boxes of old documents are taking over, a big shoe collection takes up half the floor space, or whatever type of mess you can envision. Imagine having to pack up this disaster of a room before moving. It’s hard to know where to start. If you need to clean up a messy room before you move, then be sure to follow a few key organising tips before you pack up and leave.
1) Organise your home before you pack up. Place your clothes and items into three piles: “Keep,” “Throw Away” and “Donate.” You don’t need all that old junk dragging you down, so downsizing can be refreshing. Donating gently used items before you move makes for a fresh start and also contributes to helping those in need. Your junk might be someone else’s treasure, so don’t just throw everything away! Donate gently used clothing, toys and furniture to charity organisations, such as The Salvation Army. Don’t get rid of everything, though. For instance, we know your family heirlooms are of much sentimental significance to you and your family, so make room in your new home for those valuables.
2) Pack a separate “essentials” bag. One thing many people forget is the essentials they will need to use the first night they move in. At the end of a long day, you definitely don’t want to organise a search party to find your toothbrush, soap, makeup, toilet paper and dental floss in separate, unlabelled boxes scattered across your house. That’s why it’s important to pack an essentials bag with all of the items you will need to use after you first move into your new home. Keep this bag with you on the ride there, not with the movers. This way, you’ll be well- prepared for your first night in your new home!
3) Label your packing boxes. When you’re packing the moving boxes, it is extremely important to mark and label them with a general category like “Laundry Room.” That way, you’ll be able to easily differentiate what’s in each box without having to first take everything out of them. Have the movers put the boxes in their designated rooms. If you want to be really organised, you can even try using different coloured labels for each room category. For example: Laundry room could be green, kitchen could be yellow, bedroom could be blue, etc. If you can’t find coloured labels, use different coloured markers to label the boxes. It can also be helpful to write a list of what’s inside each box and attach each list to the corresponding box.
4) Try a moving app. There are some apps you can download to help you organise your mess before you move. Sortly is an app that helps with organisation of your belongings, keeping a visual inventory and creating labels for your packing boxes. You can also use the Snap ‘n Pack Moving Assistant app to make moving labels with a handy QR code that will list the items inside the box when you need to unpack. Other moving apps that can help you stay organised include Home Move Pro, First Home Checklist, MoveAdvisor, and more! So, if you’re feeling anxious about organising a big ol’ mess before you move, remember there are several steps you can take to make the process easier.
Darren Earl is the Move Manger at Arkle Removals Buckinghamshire offering Local National and International Removals.