De-clutteringDecluttering is a good way to make a house look more inviting to potential buyers, also a good way to add feng shui to your life and indeed a lot of people find it quite therapeutic. When considering what items to keep and what items to give away, you should think:

  • Do I really need it?
  • Why am I keeping it?
  • Does it fit me?
  • Am I just keeping it for sentimental reasons?

What is Clutter?

Clutter is anything that you’ve been meaning to sort out for probably ages, but have somehow not quite got around to.  If you spend too much time looking for things or buying duplicates, you know it’s time to organise or declutter your home.

Discover Your Clutter Hot Spots

Look around your home and identify the rooms on your home that are the most cluttered.  Find the areas that aren’t working, maybe it’s the hallway, your wardrobe or some paperwork.  Think about the other people in your home – how they would benefit from a decluttered environment. Write a list in order of their importance and then tackle each room in that order.

Be Realistic in Your Expectations

Decluttering can be a slow job.  If it took several years for the clutter to build up, then it probably won’t be finished in a few hours.  Be kind to yourself and accept that it will take time.

The Benefits

There are many benefits to de-cluttering your life and letting go of old stuff. Not only will you make space but you will also get rid of stale energy and emotions. When moving it is important to de-clutter before your removal company comes in. It can reduce your removal costs as you will not be transporting unwanted items.

Start With The Easy Stuff

Many people think that decluttering is difficult, and that it’s going to be a painful process. It doesn’t have to be!  When you start to declutter, begin with the straightforward items that don’t need a difficult decision. It might be that any newspapers go in the recycling bin, or the clothes you KNOW don’t fit.  The most important thing is to start!

Choose whether you are going to keep the item – a "yes", a "no" or if you can’t quite make a decision it’s "maybe".  It’s perfectly OK to have "maybe" items.

The Four Box Method

A popular method on de-cluttering is to apply the four box method, (well 3 boxes and a bin liner) which forces you to make a decision.

The four box method for de-cluttering

Take three boxes and label them: Keep and Use, Give Away or Sell, Keep and Store. Use the bin liner to throw any broken or damaged items. Go around your house and place each clutter item into the appropriate box.

At the end of your session take the give away or sell box straight to the charity shop or round to a friends or families house, this way you will not forget the box and end up with more clutter. Take out your throw away items straight away to the bins to prevent any second thoughts.

Don’t forget your loft space, a haven for unwanted items.

Selling unwanted items can also give you some cash which could pay for your removal expenses.

Before you start make sure you have the following:

  • Plenty of bin liners or boxes
  • Sticky tape
  • Labels
  • A paper shredder
  • Newspaper for packing up items or bubble wrap

Also consider:

  • Do you need a skip? If so do you need a permit and lighting?
  • Are friends and family around to help you?
  • Do you need a van to transport items to the charity shop or saleroom?
  • Where is your local rubbish tip and what hours do they open?

Don't put if off, start today. Set aside a time limit however small and stick to this. If you have a long time before your move day then you can limit yourself to one job a day. It normally takes around 15 mins to do one drawer or one shelf so use this time scale to plan. Or set aside a weekend, arrange for friends or family to come round to give you a hand and sort through personal memorabilia.

Turn up the music; this will help you get in the mood.

Clean an area as you go along, this way on the day of your move you only have to wipe over the area and not do a full scale clean. Concentrate on one area at a time; you do not have to do the whole house at once.


Clothes – If it doesn't fit, then throw it out. Did you know that studies show that we wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time.

OXFAM (shop finder) are always looking for new donations of unwanted goods as are various other high street charities.

Selling items - You can turn your unwanted items into cash at a car boot sale, eBay, Gumtree, saleroom or local newspaper.

Carboots sales – Car boot sales are a great way of making some money from your unwanted items.