De­clut­ter be­fore you pack to move

George Herald - Private Property - - Property News -

At this time of year many peo­ple are re­lo­cat­ing to an­other house or town, but mov­ing house doesn't have to be chaotic. A lit­tle bit of strate­gic de­clut­ter­ing can make a sur­pris­ingly big dent in the pack­ing bur­den, cut­ting back on crazi­ness and cost in one, su­per-ef­fec­tive step!

David Ja­cobs, re­gional man­ager of the Raw­son Prop­erty Group, shares his favourite (and fre­quently for­got­ten) clut­ter col­lec­tors that can be safely weeded out long be­fore mov­ing day.

Linen cup­board

"Linen cup­boards are one of the most over­looked clut­ter col­lec­tors," says Ja­cobs. "They tend to have a sur­pris­ing amount of old, un­used, mis­matched, or plain worn-out items hid­den un­der­neath the things we use ev­ery day." Ja­cobs sug­gests tak­ing a thor­ough in­ven­tory and get­ting rid of any­thing you haven't used in twelve months or more. No­body needs a whole stack of moth-eaten tow­els, or a col­lec­tion of car­toon du­vet cover sets for a kid's bed they no longer own!

"When it comes to bulkier items that you need to keep, like spare com­forters or guest pil­lows, vac­uum bags can also be a huge help," he says. "They dra­mat­i­cally re­duce the amount of pack­ing space these items take up, and keep them dust and mois­ture-free un­til you're ready to put them to use."

Pro tip: Don't throw old or thread­bare sheets, blan­kets or tow­els in the bin - rather do­nate them to a lo­cal an­i­mal shel­ter to keep their res­cues clean, warm and snug!

Crock­ery and glass­ware

Your typ­i­cal crock­ery and glass­ware cup­board tends to hold all man­ner of or­phaned items whose set-mates have long since dis­ap­peared. "It may be tempt­ing to hang on to these odd pieces who knows when you're go­ing to need three mis­matched par­fait glasses, right? - but you'll re­gret that de­ci­sion when it comes to pack­ing time," says Ja­cobs. Un­less you want to spend days in­di­vid­u­ally wrap­ping each and ev­ery frag­ile cup and saucer, Ja­cobs sug­gests do­ing your­self a favour and weed­ing out any­thing that isn't part of a com­plete set. "That set can be two, or four, or what­ever makes sense for your fam­ily," he says, "but any­thing that doesn't fit should be thrown away or re­cy­cled if pos­si­ble."

Sock draw­ers

Glass­ware isn't the only house­hold item prone to leav­ing or­phans - that big dryer in the sky has claimed many a lonely sock in its time. "Mov­ing house is the per­fect time to empty your sock drawer and bid farewell to the lurk­ing lon­ers," says Ja­cobs.

"It may not save you a huge amount of pack­ing space, but it will make for a neater, cleaner closet in your new home."

Pro tip: Sin­gle socks make great dusters and pol­ish­ers, and can be very use­ful for last minute clean-ups.

Keep a few on hand at your old home to wipe up spills or sur­prise dust bun­nies, and toss them in the bin on your way out - no mess, no fuss!

Pantry and freezer

Pantries and freez­ers have a habit of hid­ing items well past their sell-by date, and there's no point in pack­ing up and mov­ing stale or ran­cid food. Ja­cobs sug­gests set­ting aside an af­ter­noon a week or two be­fore mov­ing day to de­frost your freezer (un­less it's frost-free) and clear­ing out any ex­pired food that may be hid­den in the ice.

"De-ic­ing your freezer be­fore you move also means there's less chance of leak­ing melt­wa­ter dam­ag­ing any­thing in tran­sit," he says. "While you're wait­ing for it to de­frost, take a swing at your pantry and clear out any ex­pired cans and dry foods there as well."

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