Our kitchen reno’s coming up soon and I’ve decided it’s time to declutter and organize our household before it all happens. Much like preparing to move to a new house, reno’s can be a very exciting time filled with new scenery, whether that is a new neighborhood or a shiny new kitchen! Filled with new furniture or filled with new and exciting appliances! It is also a time that is filled with alot more mess than usual which can be quite overwhelmingi So, here’s my top tips on how to declutter before the big move or that dream reno that’s finally happening, and how to keep it organized!
Make a List
The best way to start the process is to plan ahead. Make a list of all the rooms in your house you need to declutter and organise and why you need to do so. This allows you to see clearly what needs to be done and what takes priority. Some rooms are a two (or an eleven) person job so this planning can help determine the right time to do the job, so you have as many hands as possible. We find working as a team most effective in our household, which also means things can get done a lot quicker, but always do what works for you.
Make it Fun!
When you have a house full of kids, packing up can be the most stressful and tiring experience when moving or preparing for reno’s. So, if you can make it fun, they’ll all want to get involved and lend an extra set of hands (or 18). The best game you can play when packing things away is, ‘the fastest packer wins !!’’ You now not only have an extra set of hands but efficient ones too! The kids will also learn a great set of life skills along the way too.
Pick and Commit
Pace yourself and commit to one room at a time so you can do it right and without stress. Consider choosing one room per week over a period of time and make it an allocated declutter period. This means every week you will feel accomplished and productive and you will not wear yourself out at the one time. You are doing this to feel good and not add to the stress so why not make that good feeling a weekly one. Do what you can and when you can.
Consider External Storage
Something a lot of people forget is that you do not have to bring every item from your old house or kitchen to your new one. But how can you achieve this without having to get rid of them! Why not consider using external storage. This is also a great way to deal with the “unsure box” of items to see whether you really need these items or not. Companies such as Hire A Mover are great to use for this as they have Mobile Storage units. The removalists come to your property with the mobile storage pod to collect your belongings, safely store it back at their facility, and will return it to you when you are ready. It is a secured facility that is monitored 24/7, centrally located and accessible 7 days a week. This service stores your belongings from a few days to years and is very affordable. It makes moving and storing just that much easier and less stressful knowing you have professionals to help you out. You can also hire boxes through their sister company https://www.hireabox.com.au/ to make your move much easier.
Let’s be honest, we all find ourselves clinging onto items we don’t need “just in case”. Decluttering and organising is the perfect time to say goodbye to this habit. The best way to do this is to take all items and make three piles; one for items you want to keep, one for items you are unsure of and one for items you definitely do not want. Be brutal and ask yourself, “does this item spark joy? and if it doesn’t then it will be much easier to part with There’s ways you can start building your belongings in your new house or kitchen from scratch!
Donate to Charity
It’s often hard to part way with certain items as we all have a litte hoarder inside us that asks; what if? Why not consider donating items to charity as it’s always easier to get rid of things when you know they are going to someone who needs them. That way you’ve reached your goal of declutering your house, yet you’ve also done a good deed.
I hope this post will help some of you especially if you are preparing for the next big reno or move.
Thank You for reading.
Claire Louise Hooker