Decluttering: Your key to a stress-free house move

Explore why decluttering is crucial when planning a house move, the best ways to declutter, and how we can help you.

Moving to a new home is an exciting chapter in life, with new beginnings, and fresh opportunities. However, the process of moving can also be incredibly daunting, especially when you’re surrounded by a lifetime’s worth of belongings. This is where the magic of decluttering comes into play, making the entire moving experience not only manageable but even enjoyable.

Why decluttering matters

Decluttering before a move can serve as a therapeutic process. It allows you to sift through your belongings, evaluating their significance and usefulness in your life. By decluttering, you:

#1 Reduce stress: A clutter-free environment promotes mental peace, reducing stress and anxiety associated with moving.

#2 Save time and energy: Packing and unpacking become significantly easier when you have fewer items to move.

#3 Save money: The fewer items you have, the lower your moving costs. Additionally, you might find items to sell or donate, putting some extra money in your pocket.

#4 Start fresh: Moving is an opportunity for a fresh start. Decluttering helps you leave behind what you don’t need, making space for new experiences.

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How to declutter effectively

Start early

Begin the decluttering process weeks before your move. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and decluttering your entire house will take time.

Room-by-Room approach

Tackle one room at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Start with less sentimental areas and progress to more emotional spaces.

Keep, discard, donate, sell

Categorise your belongings into these four groups. Keep the essentials, discard the unusable, donate what others might need, and sell items that are valuable but not essential.

Sentimental items

While sentimentality is crucial, be practical. Keep items that truly hold sentimental value and let go of things you’ve been holding onto ‘just in case’.


Scan important documents and photographs. Going digital not only reduces clutter but also preserves memories in a space-efficient way.

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Rhi, our resident storage expert shares her top tips:

The 90-day rule: If you haven’t used it in the last 90 days, you probably don’t need it.

One-in, one-out rule: For every new item you bring in, consider discarding or donating an old one.

Visualise your new space: Envision your new home. Will that bulky furniture fit? If not, it might be time to downsize.

Involve others: Family members can help you decide what to keep and what to discard. Their perspective can be invaluable.

Be environmentally responsible: Recycle, repurpose, or donate items to minimise your environmental impact.

What to do when moving house

How blue self storage can help

We understand the challenges of moving and we are here to ease your journey through secure, affordable storage solutions. Here’s how we can assist you:

Flexible storage options: We provide a range of unit sizes, ensuring you only pay for the space you need.

Safe and secure: Your belongings are protected with state-of-the-art security features, giving you peace of mind.

Temporary storage: Store items temporarily during your move, easing the transition between homes.

24/7 access: Access your belongings whenever you need them 24/7 365 days a year, making the moving process more convenient.

Ready to start storing?

Decluttering is not just about discarding things, it’s about making room for a new chapter in your life. By embracing the decluttering process and utilising services like blue self storage, you can turn your house move into an exciting adventure, unburdened by unnecessary belongings.

Remember, a clutter-free space is a canvas waiting for the strokes of your new life’s masterpiece. Happy moving!


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