Moving in together

Decluttering and preparing to move house

Preparing to move to a new home can involve lots of work — there's a lot to arrange, from new internet service to new insurance and a wealth of other details like vehicle and voting registration. But it's also an opportunity to take stock of what you have and decide on what you need. As you're getting ready for your household removalist to collect your belongings, take the opportunity to assess what you really want to take with you. 

Beginning your plan

Your plan starts with getting a quote from a removals firm. You want to do this as early in the process as possible in order to give yourself maximum flexibility. The closer you get to your move date, the fewer dates will be available and the more expensive the job is likely to become. In addition to choosing a date, you'll also discuss exactly what needs to be moved; by the end of the process, you'll know the size of vehicle your household needs to fit into. 


Now that you've agreed on the terms of your move, it's time to make sure you can fit them. One important step is deciding exactly which pieces of furniture you want to take with you. Getting rid of an old item of furniture might seem like a bigger decision than disposing of a pair of shoes you never wear, but a move is an excellent time to do it. After all, there's no point in paying your removal firm to move a bookcase or table all the way to your new home only to decide you don't want it once you arrive. Once you've identified items of furniture you do want to take with you, you can begin to prepare them for the move. Talk to your removalists about what you'll need to do; this could include wrapping fragile items in padded covers or just emptying drawers and shelves. 

Packing and decluttering smaller items

One way to simplify your moving preparations is to combine packing and decluttering. Systematically go through your wardrobe, bookshelves and kitchen cabinets. Each type of item has its own criteria for determining whether you intend to keep it. When sorting through your wardrobe, get rid of any outfit you haven't worn for a year; if you're looking at books, ask yourself which of the volumes on your shelf you're going to read. Pack the items you've decided to keep and put everything else into boxes to be sold, given away or donated to charity. By combining the processes of packing and decluttering, you'll save time and effort.  Decluttering while preparing for a move might seem like another task to add to the long list of things you need to do, but it's actually a time-saving practice that will help cut down on the amount your household removalists will need to move.