Clearing out your current property is an essential part of preparing for your house move. If you don’t sort through all of your belongings before you move to your new home then you could end up wasting a lot of time and energy on packing and moving things that you no longer need or want! If you want to move house efficiently and quickly, then start by clearing your home of unwanted items. If you have a garage or an attic that’s full of your belongings then this can be a little tricky!
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Here are some helpful tips to get you off to a great start!
1) Assess the situation.
The first thing to do when you get into your garage or attic is to assess it. Think about the size of the room and how full it is. This will give you a good idea of how long you’ll need to set aside to fully tackle the area.
2) Have the necessary equipment.
You’re going to need storage boxes, cardboard boxes, marker pens, packing tape, refuse bags and cleaning items if you’re going to do this properly. Make sure you have a duster, a vacuum and an antibacterial spray as well as clean cloths and sponges.
3) Clearing out.
You can now start the clearing out process. Begin in one section of the area and sift through the items that you find. Pack anything that you might want to take with you to your new home in the cardboard boxes and clearly label them. Once you’ve completed a box, take it into another room of your house so that you aren’t going to be making more clutter as you go and so that you can keep track of how many boxes you’re packing. If you’re using cardboard boxes then make sure that they’re fully sealed and can take the weight of whatever you’ve packed inside. Use packing tape to reinforce and strength boxes, and never overload them as this can cause them to break! Any items that are broken or that you don’t want to keep can be separated into another pile. Divide this into things that you want to throw away, things that can be donated to charity and things that can be sold online or at local jumble sales.
4) Selling or donating unwanted items.
Selling or donating your unwanted items is a great way to help other people and cut-down on clutter at the same time! Don’t donate anything that’s in bad condition, as it won’t be able to help anyway! Clothes that are worn or stained shouldn’t be donated to charities either. Try to fill a charity bag with as much as you can, but if you’d rather sell your items on then this is also a great option to consider.
5) Cleaning your garage or attic.
Once everything you want to keep has been boxed away and everything that you want to get rid of has either been sorted out for charity or thrown away then you’re ready to begin cleaning! Vacuum the floors, dust any corners and use antibacterial sprays and glass cleaners to clean any windows, items of furniture or shelves. Your attic and garage don’t need to be as clean as the rest of your home should be, but it’s good to have them looking their best for the new tenants or homeowners.
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