One of the major move management tasks when moving house is deciding what will stay (or more so be thrown out) or go on with you to your new abode. The Key is Less is More…Below are some helpful tips by Professional organiser and Full service moving and packing team – Mooving Matters to help make your move a easier and more time efficient process.
So Where to start? – Make a list of places or areas in your home to declutter. To get started always begin with the easiest or smallest place to get you on a roll in your movement management process.
Let the cull begin! – Firstly sort your mess or belongings, anything from books, clothing, nic nacs and toys. Work with a 4 category system of: Keep – Throw – sell or Give away – Store. Then if you have no time to pack get Moving Matters in to do the ‘Ultimate move’ experience; full service packing and moving of your home and cherished items.
Take 5 – If you are busy and time poor just dedicate 5 mins a day to sorting your household items as noted above or each day choose to fill 1 garbage bag or an item to say goodbye to. Then you be totally stress free and can get movers that pack for you could do the rest.
Don’t use it? Then Lose it – Try the “Hanger Experiment” to identify wardrobe pieces to clear out;
1. Hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction.
2. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction.
3. After six months, you’ll have a clear picture of which clothes you can easily discard.
Let’s make it interesting? A great move management game is to take the 12 – 12 – 12 Challenge: Locate 12 items to throw away, 12 to pass on to a charity and 12 to keep or store.
Be storage savvy – An essential tip sworn by movers that pack for you, is to purchase vacuum storage bags for cumbersome seasonal clothes and linen / blankets and boxes or containers that can fit neatly under beds or on top of wardrobes to place rarely used belongings.
But all these Bits and pieces!? – Place important loose papers and documents in folders or document boxes and small but always useful items in zip lock bags or tins. This will make the process headache free and faster for Moving Matters the movers that pack for you.
Achieve the Minimalist look – If selling your home, make it more appealing to buyers by storing clutter or excess sentimental items off site or hire pod type temporary storage solutions.
Move management – Declutter Tips for every space
Declutter Misson #1 – The Kitchen
When decluttering your kitchen, the best place to start is with the items that take up the most room; pots, pans, plates and containers – throw out any chipped or cracked crockery and any pots or pan with broken handles or heavily scratched surfaces . If you can’t find lids to plastic containers then throw them out as they are pretty much useless. Your pantry is usually hiding some ancient items so check use-by dates on cans and bottles of food and discard accordingly. It’s always a good idea to sort pantry cupboards every quarter to 3 times a year to keep things under control.
Declutter Mission #2 – The Bedrooms
Are your wardrobes bursting at the seams? Number one rule is to only have seasonal clothes hanging in your closet. If there aren’t enough shelves in built-ins, utilise storage systems for inside the wardrobe and compartmentalise those messy large drawers, for example keep your best lingerie separate from everyday underwear.
Declutter Mission #3 -The Family room and or kids play room
Make it easy for your kids to help you keep the home tidy and ready for the movers that pack for you. Make sure children have easy and accessible spots put their toys away when they’ve finished playing with them. That means boxes or containers without lids so their 2 little hands can manage the task.
Declutter Mission #4 – The Bathroom
Are your drawers and cupboards filled with disused bottles of shampoos, soap, shower gels, discarded make-up etc? Move management 101 – When it comes to clearing out first take everything out and getting rid of anything that isn’t being used. There are numerous storage systems to make bathroom essential easily seen rather than lost and forgotten!
Would love to get a professional organiser Sydney on board? Or discuss what Mooving Matters decluttering Services can do for you?
To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your property by the Mooving Matters team or to simply discuss your ‘Ultimate full service packing + moving’ experience call (02) 93375333 or visit us at moovingmatters.com.au.