How to Declutter When Moving House

Whether downsizing or simply moving, the hassle of fitting all your possessions into a new space can be overwhelming, so we've gathered our top tips on how to keep the whole process as stress-free as possible.

While moving house is recognised as one of the most stressful things that people can experience, Howards Storage World has some simple organisational solutions available to ensure the strain of moving is kept to a minimum:

Reduce and cull

A great rule of thumb when getting rid of items is to first STOP and evaluate your home, if you have not used any items in the past year then chances are you’re not going to use them in the year ahead. Moving house is the perfect opportunity to start fresh. Give non-essential items to relatives or friends or donate them to charity.

Downsizing or not, getting rid of all your unwanted items will make you feel revitalised and let’s face it, no one wants to pack and unpack more boxes than absolutely necessary.

Be realistic

Know how much space your new living environment offers and decide how much you will be able to comfortably store. Make a list and SORT your items by those that you absolutely must keep and start from there. Be committed to keeping only the most often-used items in the interest of saving space.


SOLVE the problem of not enough space in your new home with solutions such as elfa®. Cleverly designed for use in any room, you can add to your storage requirements as your budget allows, as your needs change and better still you can take it with you if you ever move again.

With elfa®, you can transform a cluttered space into an organised oasis and with Howards offering a free measure and quote it couldn't be easier to get the storage solution of your dreams.

Store and label

Clear boxes and baskets such as the popular Marie Baskets ($4.95) and Easi Store Underbed Boxes ($34.95) are terrific because you can quickly see their contents. By labelling your boxes or baskets you will always know where everything is and other members of your family will know where to put certain items. This method can be used everywhere from the kitchen cupboard, under the bathroom sink or under the bed.

For more tips and advice about moving home, visit our buying property page.

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Posted by katie&JonReport
It is hard to face getting rid of things you thought you loved or just wanted to keep. I moved across the world, and knowing we only had so much space in the container for our things was enough incentive to get rid of stuff that had not seen the light of day for years. Remember that if you can use a smaller removal vehicle or container because you de-cluttered than you will also be saving yourself some money for those longed for things you couldn't afford for your new home.