One of the best ways to ensure a stress-free move is to declutter your home.If you aren’t sure what to part with, follow our room-by-room checklists below. At the end of the checklists, we’ll also give you a few tips for getting started with decluttering.
In the kitchen, you’ll want to get rid of anything that is broken, mismatched, surplus or simply never used. Anything that is expired may not be safe or healthy to consume, so it’s important to get rid of it before you move. Small appliances, kitchen tools or utensils that no longer work should be tossed out for safely and correctly.
Attempt to match all of your containers with their corresponding lid, and you will probably find quite a few that no longer have a partner and can be chucked. Many of us also have a growing collection of water bottles and coffee tumblers. Keep the ones you use the most, and donate or trash the rest.
2. Living Room & Family Room
Donate anything you don’t read or watch anymore like books, magazines or DVDs. Also anything your kids have outgrown can be donated to benefit another family.
This also counts for pet toys and bedding. Rather than taking all the old toys and bedding with you when you move, declutter it until you have just a couple of items for each pet.
Anything that no longer fits, you haven’t worn in over a year, or you simply no longer like or want should be donated or sold. Extra hangers make for great donations to friends, family, or thrift stores.
If it’s expired or past its prime, get rid of it. Your medicine cabinet, vanity drawers, and under-sink storage are likely filled with expired Asprin, ointments, and prescription medication. You definitely don’t want to keep these items in your house. Almost-empty containers of lotion, liquid soap, and toothpaste can go. Extra (unused) toothbrushes and floss, however, you should probably keep for future use.
5. Linen Closets
Linens that you don’t want to get rid of can be used to pack fragile items for more efficient packing. Rather than simply throwing these items out, consider donating them to a local school, camp, or non-profit.
The garage is where we put the things we don’t know what to do with. Carefully evaluate everything you’ve been storing.
7. Home Office
Any documents older than 7 years are not necessary to keep around. Most electronics can be sold or recycled for their parts. If you’re donating items that are still in working condition and you have the manual, go ahead and donate the manual as well.