Decluttering Before Your Move

Decluttering Before Your Move

So you’re getting ready for your move. As you look around your home, you come to the realization that you have A TON of stuff. What are you supposed to do with all of this stuff? Do you really want to have to pack it all up and move it to your new home, just so you can throw it in the back of the closet, or stack it in the corner of the basement? Heck no! It’s time for you to start decluttering.

Over years of business and experience, Move It With M&S LLC has taken many unwanted items from customers. But rather than having us move those items for you, you can go ahead and get rid of them beforehand. Decluttering can save you time and money, and will make your move much faster and easier. It also makes it easier for our movers as well!

Getting Ready to Declutter

First things first- you need to get into the mindset that you will be purging and donating your belongings. Depending on the items that you will be getting rid of, this can be an emotional time. However, this process is essential for an easy, simple move. Though it can be emotional, once the task is over, you will feel accomplished and confident for your upcoming move!

Next, you need to set some goals. Your goals will vary depending on when you plan on moving. A good rule of thumb to remember: The more time you give yourself, the better (to access and download a free decluttering timeline, visit! This will eliminate unneeded stress. With that being said, your goals could be interval or ratio related. For example, your goal could be that you want to purge one bag of items a week. Or if you’re in a crunch, you could purge one or two bags a day. Whatever the goals, they will help you develop an attack plan that works for your specific situation.

White, brown, and gray notebooks stacked on top of each other with a black pen laying on top of them. Scissors and glasses lay on the table next to the notebooks.
Set goals for your decluttering process!

Before you start decluttering, you need to do one last thing. Make sure you create three or four piles to put your items in: One to keep, one to discard, one to donate and one to sell. Make sure to keep an eye out for our next blog on local places to donate your unwanted items! These piles will make decluttering an ease as you go.

1… 2… 3… Go!

After you make your preparations, you’re ready to start the decluttering process! This might feel overwhelming at first as you might not know where to begin. We recommend to just pick a room in the house and focus on that one room. Trying to declutter all at once will be incredibly stressful, so just go one room at a time until you’re done.

Now it’s time to decide what to get rid of and what to keep. If you are going through your things and are genuinely surprised that you even owned something, that’s a good sign that you don’t use that item and it belongs in the trash/donate/sell pile. This could be clothes, jewelry, decorative items, or in this case, an old cash register. Another rule of thumb: If you don’t love it, lose it. There’s no point in keeping belongings that you have no need for or don’t like anymore. Someone else could enjoy it, or if it’s broken, it belongs in the trash. Below are tips for decluttering in different rooms of the house.

An old cash register stacked on top of a gray container.
If you don’t use it, it’s time to get rid of it.


Throw out expired foods. Now is a good time to look in the back of the pantry for those expired soups that you’ve kept for over five years now. There’s no need to move those to the new house! And what about the frozen meat that’s been sitting in the freezer for the last two years? Can you afford to get rid of the freezer-burned ice cream too?

While you’re rummaging through the cabinets, go ahead and toss your old utensils and gadgets that you don’t use anymore. You can also take this opportunity to re-organize the ‘junk-drawer.’ Remember, whatever you purge is going to save you time and money!

Living Room

In the age of electronics, movies and music are becoming digitized. Do you even use those old CD’s or DVD’s anymore? Let alone the VCR tapes? If they’re in good condition, toss them in the donate pile.

While you’re in the living room, take the time to reorganize the side tables. Get rid of the junk mail that you put there every week, or the papers that you meant to throw away last month. If it’s not useful, shred it!


This is where you might do a lot of purging, especially in the closet/drawer area. I know you’ve had a goal in mind to lose a few pounds, but don’t fall into the ‘I-could-possibly-use-this-later’ trap. This is why you have so many clothes to begin with! Donate, donate, donate! Also, store your seasonal wear into storage bins. This will make packing clothes much faster. Other things you might consider donating is jewelry. If you don’t love it, lose it!

4 gray containers stacked on top of each other next to a glass case. Next to the containers are various other items all in one big pile.
Pack your seasonal clothes in containers.

You can sell it too!

Another pile that you might create is a selling pile. An easy way to get rid of a ton of items in one sitting is to host a yard sale. Make sure to keep an eye out for our blog post about yard sales in the future!

Various items are compiled in a driveway. Desks, exercise equipment, lamps, filing cabinet, chairs, toolbox, and other items.
Yard Sales are a great way to get rid of old items you don’t use anymore!

If you don’t have enough belongings for a yard sale, or if yard-sales aren’t your forte, try using a selling app. You can use Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Letgo, or eBay, just to name a few. This can help ease the increasing cost of moving as well.


Moving is an incredibly stressful process. One way to ease this stress is by decluttering before your move. Decluttering can save you time and money- the less you have to pack and move, the easier it is on you and the movers! Your new home will be easier to set up and organize as well and you’ll have less cleaning to do during your move. You can go through old belongings that you no longer use and keep, donate, trash, or sell the items. Remember to give yourself the proper time, set goals, and make your move as simple as possible!

Decluttering Tips Summarized

  1. Get into the right mindset
  2. Set goals
  3. Start early!
  4. Separate into 4 piles
  5. Focus on one room at a time
  6. If you don’t love it, lose it!
  7. Don’t fall into the ‘I-could-possibly-use-this-later’ trap
  8. You can sell too!


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