Easy Ways to Declutter for a Move

Moving into a new home always involves some form of decluttering when it comes time to pack up your belongings. Part of this is the dread of spending so much time packing and unpacking items you rarely use, and part of it is the desire to start fresh. Nobody wants to bring every item in their junk drawer to their new home but getting rid of your miscellaneous items can be a daunting task on its own. Here are several clever ways to get rid of unwanted items for a move.

First, sort through everything you own to determine what you’re taking with you to your new home, what you’re throwing away, what you’re storing, and what you’re getting rid of. This task alone will help you narrow down the approach you should take when it comes to getting rid of everything on your list.

Selling your property through a second-hand selling network makes decluttering a breeze for some people, and while Craigslist selling is not ideal for many, there are other routes along this same path. The internet has many different ‘buy sell and trade’ networks designed to make downsizing and decluttering as easy as possible. ThredUp, for example, is a useful platform for people who’d like to make a few dollars selling their unwanted clothes. Trove is more catered to selling furniture and various home décor items, and the 5miles platform is much like a more localized Craigslist.

If you found you have not been able to sell everything you hoped to get rid of, there are additional options, like the Facebook Marketplace and in-person yard/garage sales. If you’re feeling generous, you might consider donating the remains of your unsold items to a local charity or support center for women and children in crisis. Your donations are tax-deductible as long as you remember to get a receipt after you donate.

Decluttering is hard, but you’re going to feel a lot better when you set foot in your new home and you don’t have nearly as many boxes to unpack as you would have originally. Your unwanted items might be another person’s top list piece of property, so not only are you helping yourself, you’re passing the benefit onto other people in a smart, savvy way.

For more on decluttering and platforms to use for this purpose, check out this article at Realtor.com.

Let my team at Keystone Realtors® meet all your real estate needs. I have over 16 years of experience in buying and selling in the Santa Clara and San Mateo County areas, specializing in the high-end, luxury market. Visit our website at https://www.paulphangureh.com/ for listings and information. You can contact me at 650-924-2544, or email at paul@paulphangureh.com.

Leave a Comment