How to move house and declutter at the same time

by Lucy Hutton on 7th January 2019

Moving is the perfect time for getting your stuff organised

Is your house feeling a bit disorganised after Christmas? You may be needing to get things back in order, especially if you are preparing to move house.

The removal industry in the UK is growing year after year, with an expected growth of 1.8% for 2018. What's great about the whole process of moving is that you are forced to go through all your belongings and find new places for them in your next home, so taking some time to get things sorted out will mean little effort in the overall process but a much better outcome.

Putting things in order will help your removal be easier and cheaper

Moving can be overwhelming, especially if you live in a big home and own many things. You can kill two birds with one rock by putting order from the very beginning. That way your items will be more organised from the get-go, and also, your removal will be easier. A big part of tidying up your home is getting rid of things you don't use anymore, but get piled up or store somewhere simply because there is enough room and it's easier than disposing of them.

Think about charities that pick up your used items from your doorstep, so you don't add more stress and work to your already tight schedule. Go through all your things and select those don't really need before you put them away in boxes. The more things you let go, the less work you will have in your removal and the cheaper the whole process will be. It's easier to keep a house organised when there are fewer things to organise in the first place.

Set up a tidy new home with the right furniture and items

If you sort things out before the removal itself, putting your belongings in order in your new home should be a piece of cake. What you have to do is make sure that in your new place, you have the right furniture and storage to put everything in order. From fundamental yet often overlooked features like a key rack, to functional cupboards and spice racks in the kitchen. Custom furniture, shelves and storage will help you make the most out of your space so fewer things are littered around on the floor. It is your responsibility to keep things in place after the removal; organisation is a matter of perseverance and discipline, but if you achieve and maintain it, it will help a lot with your peace of mind and relaxation.

Take the time, it's worth it

It can be tiring and a pain to keep things in order, but the benefits, both psychological and operational, clearly surpass the hassle of tidying up regularly. We are often too busy or too tired to run an in-depth census of our belongings and our storage strategies, so removals are a great opportunity to set everything in order and get rid of what's not needed with almost no added effort to the whole process.

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