Currently all I’m thinking about is moving house. I want somewhere bigger where I don’t have to share an office space and where I can have a spare room to foster kittens. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’d have to do to make sure I’m ready to move house, and most of it comes down to sorting all my stuff out. Being a blogger and receiving parcels most days, means that being cluttered is something that can easily happen. I have different ways to keep on top of things that I think would come in handy for anyone else who is thinking about moving house.
You don’t have to have a moving date to start decluttering and sorting your stuff out. In fact, using these methods every few months and staying on top of things, will ensure you never have anything you don’t need. Plus, having less things means your removal quotes will be less too. Start the declutter now. Work on one room at a time and be really ruthless, a lot of people ask ‘does this bring any joy’ to you when you’re considering keeping or getting rid of something. This really does work, if it’s something you’re not sure of, maybe put it in sight and see if you actually start using/wearing it more.
Another great rule is if you haven’t used something in 6 months, get rid of it. Equally a lot of people use the ‘turning coat hangers backwards’ method, this means that you turn every coat hanger to face the opposite way to your usual. When you wear something, you turn it back around. After around 6 months (or longer if you don’t go out much or have a uniform) then you should think about getting rid of it. I’ve recently got rid of those cupboards full of random cables for things I probably don’t have anymore and have I once needed anything from there? Nope! Now I have extra storage.
When I talk about getting rid of things, I don’t mean throw it in the trash. Whether it’s just a bag of clothes or actual furniture, there is a charity that would love your donations. Get in touch with them if you have a lot to donate and most will be more than happy to come and pick the stuff up saving time and energy for you to work on more decluttering. I have monthly clean outs where ex-blog samples, clothes, and other stuff that doesn’t bring me joy anymore, goes to the RSPCA Sheffield. They always laugh when my dad walks in with yet more bags of the most random things. If you are like me and have blog samples that may have been used a few times whilst reviewing them, then think about getting in touch with local women’s charities or charities for young adults. That £40 cream that you’ve used 5 times, could really make someone’s day, and skin!
We’re not all in the position where we can afford to just give everything away, so do think about selling things too. If eBay fees and listings seem too time consuming, then consider the Facebook Marketplace, or even selling to friends and family. Moving house is expensive and any extra money you can earn is a real bonus.