Movers Denver - The Ultimate De-Cluttering Guide for Moving

You’re preparing to move your family across the country, to a small town out East. You’ve found a Denver moving company, so you’re all organized with the move itself. There is something you know you have to do first, however: You need to declutter. You’ve spend years accumulating things you don’t really need, but you are daunted by the sheer volume and emotional wear and tear of making decisions about what to do with all the extra items. We know decluttering can be daunting, which is why we wrote the Ultimate Decluttering List to help you prepare for your move. Let’s begin:

You’re preparing to move your family across the country, to a small town out East. You’ve found a Denver long distance moving company, so you’re all organized with the move itself. There is something you know you have to do first, however: You need to declutter. You’ve spend years accumulating things you don’t really need, but you are daunted by the sheer volume and emotional wear and tear of making decisions about what to do with all the extra items. We know decluttering can be daunting, which is why we wrote the Ultimate Decluttering List to help you prepare for your move. Let’s begin:

Step One: Start Now

Even if you’re ruthless about the items you get rid of (and, let’s be hones – most of us aren’t), the de-cluttering process takes a while. After all, the reason you got into this mess is because you put off organization until the next day “when it is convenient.” The sooner the start, the sooner you’ll be free from the clutter in your life. The decisions regarding each item will be easier to make each time, and you’ll soon gain momentum. The last thing you want to do is save your de-cluttering for when you are packing up your home for your move.

Step Two: Start Small

You’re likely overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the stuff you have to deal with. All those garage sales you frequented, the toys your neighbor gave you when she moved out, and the bags full of items from sales “too good to pass up” are sitting in your home – it’s overwhelming. So, don’t let yourself get overwhelmed – start small. Pick a spot in your home that is cluttered, and deal with just that. Take the counter in your entryway that collects all the junk mail and paraphernalia – clean just that one area off completely. Then, tackle another project the next day.

Step Three: Have a Plan

Everyone has their own method for organization and de-cluttering. If you feel prepared and confident in your system, please us whatever works best for you. We have a process of our own: Our suggestion is to put everything from an area into one pile. Then, sit down and prepare to make decisions. There is no “putting off until tomorrow” when it comes to this pile. Pick up an item, and decide right then and there what you want to do with it. Use the list of questions below to help you during this decision-making process.

  • Do You Use/Love It? If you use it fairly frequently, or you have an emotional attachment to it, then you most likely need to keep it around. Find a new place for the item, or pack it for your move. If you don’t use it, or haven’t in many months, then you need to move on to the next question.
  • Would Someone Else Use It? If it’s an item someone else could use (i.e., it’s an everyday item in good condition), then consider donating it. Be brutal – don’t donate items with holes or chips, or damage. If it’s damaged or useless to another person, trash it!
  • Deal with it Now: Once you’ve made a decision about each item, deal with it then and there. There is no point in making hard decisions if you simply pile the items in another area of house. Put away or pack the items you’re keeping (be sure to label the boxes!). Put all the items you are donating into a box and put them in the trunk of your car to donate them. Fill trash bags with items you’re throwing away, and put them in the dumpster immediately.

Step Four: Be Brutal

You procrastinated on this process for a reason: Making decisions about belongings and things in your home can be difficult. Whenever you feel tugged or pulled to keep something you simply don’t have room for, ask yourself this question: Does this item have enough value to me that I want to carefully pack it, load it onto the moving van, unpack it in my new home, and find a place for it there?

“Clear your stuff. Clear your mind.” – Eric Riddle

Ultimate De-Cluttering Guide from Affordable Denver Movers: We Are Here to Help

While the Denver movers at Affordable Moving and Storage can’t help you decide what to do with your belongings, we will help you with everything else regarding your move. We offer a variety of services to make your move as effortless as possible. We can’t help declutter, but we do offer packing services. Our movers are experienced and trained to expertly move items without damaging them. We will make your moving day stress-free. And, if you need to store you belongings before your move date, we provide affordable storage services in our safe, secure, temperature regulated storage facilities. You are in good hands when you move with Affordable Moving and Storage.