Spring Cleaning Checklist: How to Declutter, Clean, and Sort Your Stuff Before a Move

Posted on 07 October, 2016 in Cleaning

Many people wait until the last minute to start packing before a move, but this is absolutely the worst way to go about it. By not taking the time to clean and declutter your home before you start packing, you'll end up hauling unorganised, dirty and unwanted items with you to your new home. Once you arrive, you'll have the added task of cleaning and organising everything, on top of having to unpack it all!

Instead, wouldn't it be much easier to go through everything before you start packing? Undoubtedly, the answer is "yes." It is much easier to move less stuff, and you might even be able to bring in a little cash by selling items that are still usable. Read on for our tips for cleaning before a move.

Declutter First

Start by going through your house and determining which items are essential and which ones you won't be taking with you to your new home. Resist the urge to just pack everything and deal with it later. You'll only end up wasting both time and energy. For any items that are broken, stained or otherwise useless, cut ties and just throw them in the rubbish. Forget the old adage that you might fix it "someday." If you're like most people, someday will never come.

Don't Throw Away Everything

Even if they are stained or torn, hang on to old bed linens and towels. They are great for cushioning breakable items as you pack them, or they can be used to protect wood furniture from scratches. You can also lay them on the floor as you move everything in so that you don't dirty the carpet in your new home.

There may also be many items that you no longer want or need, but can still be used by someone else. Host a yard sale or sell them online. If you don't think anyone will buy them, you can always donate them to those in need.

Bring on the Deep Cleaning

Now that you have gotten rid of all the excess, it's time to start the big clean! Of all the tips for spring cleaning, the best is to make sure that you have all of the cleaning products you need before you get started. This includes trash bags, furniture polish, window cleaner, sponges, dusters, stain remover, a vacuum or mop and broom, and anything else you plan on using. Nothing can derail your cleaning efforts faster than a missing cleaning product.

If you are not sure about how to clean a particular item or piece of furniture without damaging it, you can find a wealth of home cleaning tips online. Chances are, someone else has cleaned that same item before and can guide you on how best to do it.

Don't Forget to Ventilate

When you are using cleaning chemicals, be sure to open your windows or turn on a fan to keep the air clear. The last thing you want is to end up feeling ill from inhaling chemical fumes. You may wish to wear protective gloves as well.

In addition to the harsh chemicals, spring cleaning can also kick up a lot of dust and other debris. Working in well-ventilated areas can help keep your lungs clear and prevent you from getting sick.

Take a Deep Breath

It may seem like a massive task at the beginning, but if you break everything down into smaller tasks, it will be much easier to get through. It'll be rough for a little while, but you'll be glad you did it when moving day rolls around. Not only will all of your belongings be clean when you arrive at your new home, but you'll also save time, money and your sanity!

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