Clearing Out Before the Big Move

There’s no doubt about it, moving house is draining stuff. Although it is one of the most exciting times in your life it can also be one of the most exhausting- needing to pack away all your worldly possessions and move them all into your new home as efficiently as you can. Before you move is the ideal time to get organised and declutter your home before your hire your removals Bangor. You’ll have less to pack and you’ll feel so much better for it. What’s more, researchers at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute have found that by decluttering your environment, you’ll have improved ability to focus (McMains, S., & Kastner, S. 2011) which is great news during this chaotic time. Take a look at some of the best ways to declutter at this time.  

Make a list – It’s easy to forget about the hidden away items you don’t need until packing day comes and you’re left with no choice but to bring it along with you. Site down and begin by listing the bigger bulkier things that you absolutely don’t need. Then work room by room, thinking about the smaller things that could do with clearing out. Once you’ve put a completed list together, highlight the items that can be sold on and red-mark the items that need to be thrown out. This will now be your guide telling you exactly what needs action. Anything else you decide to clear out, not on the list is a bonus.

Clutter Clearing Method – Work from one side of the room to the other, clearing one small area at a time. Working systematically is the key, making sure you cover every area of the room. If you prefer to pile your items, stick to no more than two (things you need and things you don’t need).

Have a Car Boot Sale- At least once a month; you’ll be able to find a jumble or car boot sale around your area. Anyone who has been to one of these events, will know that they can be a great day out and all that extra cash you can make can be put directly towards decorating your new home. Don’t forget that there’s plenty of free to use ‘for sale’ apps around to help you get rid of those bigger pieces of furniture. Simply take a few pictures, create a listing and sell your item for pick up!

Collect boxes early – Once you have gotten rid of all the bits you don’t need, you can start packing away all the things you do but won’t miss in the next couple of months. Living minimally will be the best thing you can do until you move – there’s less to think about and less action required later. Place heavier items in smaller boxes and remember to mark each box on at least two sides before it’s sealed.
McMains, S., & Kastner, S. (2011). Interactions of top-down and bottom-up mechanisms in human visual cortex. The Journal of Neuroscience, 31(2), 587-597.