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How to Combat Clutter Before Moving to Your New Home

Written by Posted On Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:56

The face of Japanese minimalism, Fumio Sasaki, says he can pack up and move out of his home in 30 minutes. How enviable, right — especially when you find yourself too overwhelmed during the packing process by all the possessions you have accumulated through the years.

Sasaki is a rare personality — most people in the world require several weeks of preparation for a big move. In fact, a lot of the moving checklists available on the Internet set about a two-month lead time for preparation. This is mainly due to the sheer amount of belongings a person has, which also tends to create a tremendous amount of clutter for the moving process.

And speaking of clutter, it is one of the leading stressors for people who are preparing to move to a new home. Clutter makes it seem like you have so much more to clean, organize, and pack.

So, if it's stressing you out and derailing your process, here are ways for you to combat it and organize your belongings for the move.

1. Purchase packing supplies early.

Make sure to have different sizes of boxes ready that you can put in the different rooms of your house. This way, when you can spare some time for identifying the things you do not need to bring to your new home, you can easily chuck them into the boxes labeled "to throw away" and "donate."

Before you know it, these boxes will be full of rubbish and items to be given away, and you can take them out of the house and dispose of them. Then you will only be left with the things that you will be packing for the move.

2. Address your fantasy self.

Your fantasy self is another thing to consider when you are packing for a move. If you find yourself holding on to different collections of hobby or leisure items, take a moment to get real with yourself. Ask the following questions about your hobby collection:

  • How long have I had these?
  • When did I last use these things?
  • Do I really have the time for a hobby?
  • Is the hobby still interesting or do I like something else now?

Your answers to these questions will help you address your fantasy self properly and let your real self make the best decision regarding your hobby collections.

3. Turn down freebies.

When you're getting ready to move, you will find yourself purchasing a few essentials that may "reward" you with cute little freebies from retailers. These are everything — from tote bags, free pens, and promotional items. Learn to turn them all down.

According to professional organizer, Sheila McCurdy, a good rule of thumb to follow in avoiding freebies that could just end up as clutter is "If you wouldn't pay for them, leave them behind."

Don't add unnecessary concerns to your move. Remember, you don't think about, organize, and pack what you do not have.

4. Set specific dates for active decluttering and packing.

Decluttering here and there is undoubtedly helpful but do set specific dates for a more active decluttering process. This means really moving things out of your home and making sure they would go to where they need to go, such as local charity groups, family, and friends.

Also, get some packing done already on such dates. Disassemble big furniture and appliances that you do not use and perhaps move them to the garage so your hired movers and packers can get them out of your home quicker on moving day.

5. Always place your items where they need to go.

The "keeping it here just for now" syndrome never helps. It is a major clutter and confusion culprit. When you put something down where it does not belong while you are packing, there's a high likelihood for it to move around and you will have a difficult time locating it.

When you want to kill clutter, especially when you want to get organized for packing, remind yourself that it takes a shorter time to put something where it needs to be than looking for it because you mindlessly rested it somewhere in your home.

Have a clutter-free move

There you go, practical yet reliably effective clutter-busting strategies to make your move a more streamlined activity. If some of these strategies are difficult to execute on your own, do not hesitate to get the pros involved.

For disassembling big furniture and finding a temporary storage solution for the items you do not know what to do with yet, reputable moving companies can cover these for you. This way, you can make moving day a lot less tiresome and stressful.


Hafiz Zafar is the owner of Professional Movers. The company offers reliable, cost-effective and stress-free packing, storage and relocation services across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and other parts of the UAE region.

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