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The 6 steps to declutter your home before a move

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Moving can be a stressful and hectic experience, but it doesn’t have to be! The more prepared you are before moving day, the better. If you can get rid of some unwanted items before you move, that means less junk that needs to be packed and unpacked. 

How to declutter your home in time for moving day

Check out the 6 steps you can take before you move to declutter and set yourself up for moving success.

1. Start early!

You can start sorting your unwanted items into “purge piles’ before you even list your home.

2. Set aside enough time.

Aim to spend an hour or two planning and then an additional two or three hours per room to declutter and clean. Make sure to plan to spend time on outdoor spaces too; sheds, outdoor play areas and living spaces are often forgotten until the last minute. 

3. Clean out your closets.

Set aside any clothes you haven't worn in a year or more. If they're still in good condition pass them on to your local donation center! If you’re finding it really hard to decide on which clothes to donate, check out the Spruce’s 7 Signs It’s Time to Get Rid of Your Clothes

4. Dig into storage rooms

If there's something that’s been sitting in a box for years, don’t take it with you to your new place, as it will just contribute to clutter.

5. Get rid of large items

Do you have old furniture or bulky items you don’t need? Plan to get rid of them before moving day so you aren't left with the task the day of.

6. Haul it away!

Once you’ve sorted everything you want to get rid of call 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and we can help save your move, often times we can give same day service! 

For a visual one page print out of these steps, plus steps on decluttering during and after your move, check out our Moving Guide! You can take this guide with you while cleaning and check off each step as you go!

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