We’re moving into our new house in May. And moving is such a great time to declutter!
Here are 5 great, simple tips for decluttering while moving house.
1. Give each of your kids a cardboard box for their stuff.
As long as you’re not moving long distances, you can usually move small personal items yourself, and save a lot of money doing so. So get your kids to put all their personal items they intend to keep in a big box, and everything else out by the front door for charity or sale.
I let my kids keep any money from sold personal items. It really encourages them to clear their items they no longer use! Kids love making money!
I’ve found that inspiring the kids with what their new rooms will look like, and even letting them choose the decor, is really getting them keep to clear out and move. My partner’s daughter is almost as keen on Pinterest now as I am! 🙂
2. Keep a charity box and a “sell” box by the front door.
Sort into one of two boxes as you go. So easy! We like to donate to our local Hospice shop 🙂
Now, create two challenges between the kids of a) who can donate the most items from their room and b) who can throw away the most items from their room. My kids are mercenaries and food or cash prizes are a sure-fire winner! Creating a little friendly competition between the kids can work wonders with motivation.
3. Garage sales and flea markets are great places to declutter.
Some people have enough items to run their own garage sale. I find I can’t be bothered and don’t have enough stuff for a garage sale anyway, so selling through a local flea market works better for me. Check your local council website for markets that might suit you.
One rule: Anything you take to the flea market that doesn’t sell goes to charity at the end of the day. Don’t bring it home with you!
And don’t buy anything!
4. Clothing can be checked over while clearing out.
We’re getting our kids to check all their clothing for size and wear while we’re clearing out. It makes sense. Don’t bring items that don’t fit or are in poor shape with you when you move!
If you haven’t tried it yet, you might want to consider giving The Project 333 a go, and try living with a minimalist wardrobe in your new home. Check it out: The Project 333.
I’ve been living with a minimalist wardrobe for three years now, and could never go back to a wardrobe bursting at the seams!
5. Play the “Packing Party” when you move!
Only take out what you need, as you need it, when you arrive. You might be surprised how little of your personal items you actually use! So why not have a “packing party” now you actually have to pack? Here’s a link: The packing party.