We all know that moving house involves a lot of, well, moving, shifting, carrying, binning, wrapping and stressing. Once you’ve found your ideal removal guys you can get going on your own rubbish removal project so you can make their lives (and yours) a bit easier.
The fine art of decluttering
While it’s true that there’s a lot of chucking and choosing involved and that there’s no getting away from this, you can attack this mammoth task in an efficient and relatively stress-free manner. There are several stages.
Start off small
Obviously, your timescales will be dictated by your moving date, but as soon as you can, start by getting rid of the things you know you won’t be taking with you. In a lot of ways, this rubbish removal is the most cathartic stage – you’ve been meaning to commit all those files to the cloud for years anyway, right?
Move onto things you won’t need right away
If you’re moving in the winter months, then pack away all your Christmas accoutrements, for example. If a sports season is finished for the year, pack up the equipment. Whenever you go through your things, ask if you really need them – those cricket pads don’t fit the youngest anymore, so they can be moved on.
Hold a declutter party
Some things shouldn’t be thrown away – those cricket pads, for example. So, a good idea is to hold a party for the neighbours and encourage them to take at least one thing that you’re not taking with you. Ornaments, books, pans, clothes, sports equipment and so on. You’d be surprised how much you’ll shift – and you hardly have to make any effort!
Start to get serious
As the months become weeks, start to focus on the things you’ll be moving. Pack away books, photos, clothes, cooking equipment and electrical gadgets that you don’t use every day. By the last week or so before the big day, live as if you’re on holiday, with a few changes of clothes, basic cooking equipment, the TV and laptops.
This paring-down of your possessions and surroundings will help you to disconnect from your home, preparing you to leave it with no hard feelings.