62 Easy, Room-by-Room Decluttering Tips to Refresh Your Home + [CHECKLIST]


Wondering how to declutter every room of your home? 

Are you overwhelmed with where to start first? 

Decluttering your room is an essential part of spring cleaning which instantly makes you feel better and makes your home look better. 

Although it’s frustrating, decluttering room-by-room is your ideal first step before scrubbing down your place. Once you’re done, you’ll have more space and fewer items to clean up or around.  

In this Spruce Your Space post, we’ve got you covered with a guide on how to declutter room by room—including a FREE printable PDF decluttering checklist!

So read on for our tips on tidying up the most crowded parts of each room, as well as where to start and what to consider as you declutter every room in your home or apartment.

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Use This Ultimate Declutter Your Home Checklist PDF + Calendar to Organize Without Stressing

Make decluttering your home easy with this printable PDF checklist! 

This simple checklist guide will also help you declutter each room fast and stay organized with:

  • Cut-out labels (Donate, Discard, or Sell) to tape on each box or bin as you sort through everything
  • A calendar to help you plan when to declutter each room—especially if you’re planning to move and need to start weeks ahead 
  • Checkboxes for each room to track your progress on the most commonly cluttered areas
  • Space to add notes for each room (great for adding tasks you may have to circle back to for some reason)

How to Declutter Your Bathroom

Bathroom Areas to Declutter:

  • Countertops
  • Under sinks
  • Cabinet shelves and drawers
  • Linen closets
  • Product storage areas in your shower or tub 

What to Declutter First in Your Bathroom:

Under your sink and other storage compartments are where you should declutter first.

It makes sense that bathroom storage areas are usually the most crowded since this is where your everyday hygiene products are kept (especially for product junkies out there!) 

Heat and moisture degrade active ingredients in your cosmetics, skincare, haircare, and even your medicines, making them decay or become ineffective at a faster rate. 

So you’ll want to pay attention to anything that is past its expiration date and ditch it. 

Questions to Ask Yourself When Decluttering the Bathroom:

  1. Do my appliances and accessories still work? Do I still use that curling wand or blow dryer, or can I give it to someone who needs it more?
  2. Is there anything here that I can put into smaller containers? 
  3. Are my makeup and skincare products past their expiration dates (or, over 2 years old)? If so, it’s time to ditch them, especially if they’re in dark glass bottles, meaning the contents are light and heat-sensitive, and therefore more likely to decompose faster!
  4. Do I have products that are almost empty? Prioritize using them up first, or dump out what’s left and recycle the containers.
  5. Do I have duplicates of items that do the same thing? If so, scale down, choose the preferred brand and stick to one—not multiples). Then, discard what’s left. 
  6. When did I last replace—or at least disinfect—the shower curtain, loofahs, sponges, or bathmats? Now’s a good time to check for any moisture traps that could lead to mold or bacteria overgrowth.

How to Declutter Your Bedroom

Bedroom Areas to Declutter:

  • Nightstands
  • Closet
  • Drawers
  • Under your bed
  • Floors

 

What to Declutter First in Your Bedroom:

Many people will vouch for starting out with decluttering your closet.

But, since a closet is practically a whole different room with its own challenges to tackle, we suggest focusing on decluttering the drawers in your bedroom furniture first

Drawers are often full of junk and items we don’t actually need. They function as places to put away things we don’t want to see, or things we’re saving for later, rather than storage.

Clearing out your drawers first helps you quickly figure out what you don’t need. In turn, it ultimately lets you make room for what you’re going to keep and how to organize them within your drawers.

One thing to keep in mind when decluttering your drawers is never to simply shove items inside. 

Decluttering is pointless without organization. With an unorganized drawer, you’ll be tempted to add more items, viewing it more as a junk drawer which ultimately invites—you guessed it—more clutter!

So try to keep your items organized and avoid keeping them jumbled together, especially when it comes to your clothing.

Questions to Ask Yourself When Decluttering Your Bedroom:

  1. Do I need extra storage space (such as an ottoman at the foot of the bed, under-the-bed compartments, or shelving around the headboard) to help declutter my bedroom and still keep it cozy?
  2. Is there anything that I don’t regularly use or enjoy in my bedroom that can be put out of sight or thrown away?
  3. What’s currently on top of my dresser that can be discarded or organized inside of a drawer or a decorative surface tray?
  4. Can I fit more items into a drawer by rolling clothing or adding drawer dividers?
  5. Where can I store off-season items in my closet?
  6. Is there any way to maximize empty vertical space inside my closet by adding extra shelving or racks, cabinets, or hooks?
  7. Is there anything scattered on top of my bedroom chair or bench that needs to be put away? Where should I always put these pieces so my seating area is available when I need it? 
  8. Do I already have a basket or shelf where I can store blankets and bed pillows when not in use?
  9. Do I need a single organizer for accessories (like neckties or jewelry) instead of having multiple boxes or strewing them in drawers?
  10. Are there enough hampers and are they put in a good spot, like my closet or bathroom, to store dirty clothing/linens as they’re used?

How to Declutter Your Kitchen

Kitchen Areas to Declutter:

  • Pantry
  • Cabinets & shelves
  • Countertops
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Drawers
  • Hutches, islands, and other storage areas

What to Declutter First in Your Kitchen:

Since it’s home to loads of snacks, dry foods, and kitchen supplies, clearing out your pantry is a great place to begin when decluttering your kitchen. 

You can begin decluttering your pantry by throwing out expired foods, empty boxes, containers without lids, old spices (yes, they do go bad and lose their potency) and condiments or snacks you tried but actually hated.

The next biggest step is to organize your pantry and fridge. Keep similar items together to ensure they stay organized and are easy to reach. 

Figure out what you need to discard or donate (in the case of canned foods), you’ll need to remove everything from your refrigerator or pantry shelves. 

Questions to Ask Yourself When Decluttering Your Kitchen:  

  1. Do I have any clear containers where I can store and easily see food supplies?
  2. Do I have more dishes, glasses, pots, or pans than I actually use? Can some of them be donated?
  3. Are there areas of empty space (6 inches or more) where I can add storage racks, shelves, or cabinets?
  4. What can I throw away in this kitchen junk drawer that I no longer need or that’s expired?
  5. Which food containers are open and going bad that I can throw away?
  6. Are there any appliances on top of the counters that can be grouped together so they’re not scattered across the kitchen?
  7. Are there any essential tools, ingredients, cookware, or appliances I can put into  easy-to-reach containers?
  8.  What loose items are on the countertops that I need to discard, or that can store out of sight in a cabinet, shelf, or drawer?
  9. Are there cooking utensils that I can sort together by type into their own containers/areas (like spatulas, knives, dishes, cups, et al.)?
  10. What’s in my freezer that I can use right away or discard if it’s too old?
  11. Is there room to store round kitchen utensils (like whisks, measuring spoons, pots, etc.) on hooks? Can the hooks be placed on walls or inside cabinet doors for additional storage space?
  12. Do I have space for a hanging rack or extra shelf space to organize pots, pans, and lids?
  13. Are there serving pieces that can double as storage (e.g. using a bowl or cake stand for fruits and spices?)
  14. Can I add two-tiered storage racks or pull-out organizers to space under the kitchen sink?
  15. Are there seasonal items or cookware that I can store out of sight until I need them again?
  16. Can I prep fresh foods for the week in containers so there aren’t too many loose items in the fridge at once?
  17. How can I better organize my fridge and freezer by using labels, clear bins, or by sectioning containers?

How to Declutter Your Dining Room

Dining Room Areas to Declutter:

  • Buffet tables
  • Dining table
  • Dish cupboard/China cabinet

What to Declutter First in Your Dining Room:

If you’re not doing dinner parties every night, there’s a strong chance your dining room table is a magnet for clutter. 

Whether setting things down “for a minute”—which can turn into days—or using it for anything but dinner time, your dining table and chairs can end up as coat racks, mail drops, and more. 

Instead, change how you approach your dining area. 

Think of yourself as a guest (or as if you’ll be expecting company at any moment) and you’ll be able to keep it much cleaner.

Questions to Ask Yourself When Decluttering Your Dining Room:

  1. Are there pieces on your buffet table that aren’t supposed to be there? Can you place them in a closet or cabinet storage?
  2. If there’s extra silverware, can I roll it into extra placemats and place it in a drawer for future use?
  3. Are there any items on the dining room table or buffet that belong in a totally different room? Where can I put them quickly and easily next time so that I don’t junk up the same area?
  4. Are there any extra candles or decorations I can store in the buffet or dish cupboard for the next time I need them?
  5. What’s the best way to set up my dining table and buffet decor so it looks ready for guests at any time?
  6. If the dining room table tends to double as a home office, are there folders, binders, or boxes I can use to store the papers that don’t belong there?

How to Declutter Your Living Room or Foyers

Living Room/Foyer Areas to Declutter:

  • Cord areas behind tech devices
  • Side tables 
  • Coffee table
  • Media center/Entertainment center 
  • Sofas and Sectionals 

What to Declutter First in Your Living Room/ Foyer:

While there aren’t many places where tons of clutter can build up in a living room, your end tables and coffee tables are where this usually occurs. 

From paper mail to cups and snack containers, your coffee tables and end tables often end up with items that don’t belong and make the space less cozy or less presentable. 

For this reason, we suggest clearing off the tabletops in your living room before decluttering elsewhere.

If you can create a system for decluttering and downsizing your living room surfaces, having a clear living room is definitely doable. 

Questions to Ask Yourself When Decluttering Your Living Room:

  1. Is each seat close to the coffee table or a side table where items can be set so they don’t pile up on the sofa?
  2. Are there specific and separate storage slots or drawers that have been set aside for mail and magazines?
  3. Can your old DVD or video game collection be housed in a flip-top Ottoman with storage?
  4. Can your media center be organized by zones (sentimental items vs. photo frames, etc.)?
  5. Are there lots of cable cords behind my TV or stereo systems that can be zip-tied together and run along the corners of the wall to be more inconspicuous?
  6. Is there a basket or hall closet where I can store pillows and blankets when I need them, instead of piling them on the sofa all at once?
  7. Do I need to read through or discard any stray mail or magazines that are cluttering up my living room?
  8. What kind of habits can I start that ensure I clear clutter off my coffee table and end tables every evening?
  9. Is there a convenient tray or end table drawer where I can store my remote control or other devices?
  10. Do I really need these sentimental items sitting out, or can they be placed in a digital photo frame or storage?
  11. Where can I fit some decorative boxes or trays to house small but necessary items, like reading glasses, remote controls, coasters, etc.?
  12. Is there any unused wall space where I can add floating shelves or a bookcase to store reading material, knick-knacks, etc.?
  13. Are there any end table drawers that can be used for storing items that I want to keep but don’t immediately need?

How to Declutter Your Home Office

Home Office Areas to Declutter:

  • Desktop
  • Bookcases/Shelves
  • Filing cabinet

What to Declutter First in Your Home Office:  

The home office seems to be one place where clutter is more acceptable, but it shouldn’t be since this is where you want to be the most productive! 

The solution? Clear your paper clutter from your desk and don’t fall into the to-do list trap… (You know, where you don’t feel accomplished unless you’ve checked off everything on your daily checklist.)

Yes, there are *some* projects that require more urgency than others. But, the truth is, your desktop work will never be 100% clear unless you retire. 

So, focus on clearing off your desktop first so you’ll have a fresh start every day. 

This way, you’ll still clean up without feeling overwhelmed or ashamed at not finishing what’s still on your plate. 

Questions to Ask Yourself When Decluttering Your Home Office:

  1. What papers can I scan and store as digital copies in order to discard the paper clutter on my desk?
  2. Can I switch to paperless billing to ensure I don’t have a build-up of paper in my office? 
  3. Is there a new way to rework my workflow so I don’t have tons of sticky notes and reminders lying around my office space?
  4. Do I have a corkboard where I can pin ideas and super important reminders within view?
  5. What’s the best way to organize my to-dos, important documents, and current project papers on my desk? A three-tier tray?
  6. How often should I go through my filing cabinet and desk papers to ensure I’m not accidentally hoarding too much paper?
  7. Do I have enough shelf or cabinet space to store the notebooks, binders, etc. that I need to keep?
  8. What financial files should I shred vs. keep (we recommend keeping 7 years for tax purposes due to IRS audit timeframes)?
  9. Do I have enough filing cabinet space to store all my folders and papers, or do I need a bigger size?
  10. Do any technical power cords need to be corral with zip-ties or velcro to give my office a more tidy look?

Wrapping Up

Use these tips to efficiently declutter every room in your home with the checklist, and you’ll be relaxing worry-free in no time!

If you’re preparing to move and need help packing, just give us a call. You can always book our professional packers to help streamline your move.

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Get The Perfect Time-Saving Checklist to Help Declutter Your Home


There’s never a bad time to spruce up your home. No matter whether you’re behind on spring cleaning or you’re preparing to pack for a move and need to get rid of unwanted items, decluttering is the perfect place to start. 

But, what are you actually supposed to do when you’re short on time but have a ton of stuff to sort through?

Overwhelmed doesn’t even begin to cover that feeling.

That’s where a checklist comes in handy. For this Spruce Your Space entry, use this rundown of the best time-saving tips to help you efficiently declutter your home or apartment.

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Don’t Start Decluttering Your Home Until You Do This First

How do you declutter when just one look at your closet or garage makes you cringe?

You’re not alone. 

Many people report feeling embarrassment, stress, frustration, and anxiety over having too much “stuff” in their homes. 

In fact, holding onto junk may be a psychological safety net in certain cases. 

According to brain imaging studies, parting with items can activate the same brain regions associated with pain and conflict in some people (specifically, hoarders.) 

In others, the opposite effect can occur where one feels rewarded after discarding things they don’t need. 

(You’re probably in the second camp if you feel like throwing out unwanted items is a big accomplishment. Lucky you!)

It’s so crucial to get in the right mindset before sifting through everything you own, then figuring out what to do with each item. That goes double if you’re the sentimental type who can’t bear to part with certain items (even if you really don’t need them.)

Organization expert, Marie Kondo, has a ritualistic remedy she uses with clients that works perfectly: 

As you’re going through your clutter, hold each item and ask yourself, "Does this add value to my life?"

If not, it’s time to ditch it by giving it away or throwing it away. 

How to Painlessly Psych Yourself Into Decluttering

The good news is that you can avoid slipping back into old habits. All you have to do is prepare for your new, refreshing journey using positive thoughts and a good strategy

Based on basic behavioral conditioning and mindfulness techniques, there’s actually a more scientific way to boost your willpower and aid in your decluttering process:

No matter how tidying up makes you feel, reward yourself after each decluttering session. This makes you more likely to do it while associating positive emotions with the task!

Example: If it takes you 2 days to clear out the under-the-stairs closet, treat yourself to something nice, twice

Sounds good, right? 

Just make sure that “treat” doesn’t end up adding to your workload! 

NOTE: If you suspect you may have a bigger issue when it comes to holding onto things, please seek assistance from a certified professional who can help. 

What Are the Steps To Decluttering Fast?

When starting a declutter project, the biggest thing to remember is the triple D’s… (Not *that* kind, but it caught your attention, right?)

Here are the 3 key phases to quickly clear out your stuff and the best questions to ask at each stage.

The Triple D’s: Steps to Decluttering Your Home:

  • Downsize- do you really need to keep or take this item to a new space? Is there a better way to store it or make use of it? Can I get a smaller version? Can I sell it online or at a garage sale?
  • Donate- if the item is still in good condition—especially canned goods, furniture, kitchenware, clothing, or shoes—can it be donated locally? Would your friends, relatives, or neighbors want it?
  • Discard- throw out whatever you haven’t used in the past 6 months to 1 year, and whatever doesn’t make you happy. Would you be in dire straits if it ever went missing? Can you still repair or find parts to it if it stops working? Is it uncomfortable, ragged, or did your tastes change? Did you even remember it was there?

12 Tips to Help You Tidy Up Everything

The key here is to get rid of anything you no longer want or can no longer use.

And, don’t bother talking yourself into keeping something because of One Day Syndrome… 

In other words, hoping that one day you’ll get around to using it. 

(Let’s be real: does that actually ever happen?) 

  1. Set a goal competition date. Give yourself at least 2 days for each smaller room. Plan to tackle larger or more stocked areas within at least 3 days.
  2. Designate a big box, laundry hamper, large garbage bag, or area for items to discard.
  3. Repeat, but this time have a container for items you plan to donate or sell
  4. Use sticky notes (or if you’re using a box/bag, write on it) and label with DISCARD or DONATE/SELL.
  5. Put each item or set in its own place. Choose a spot that’s obvious & easily accessible so you won’t forget where it is.
  6. Organize sets of items in the order that you use themespecially cosmetics or tools—and store them all together.
  7. Combine similar items with each other instead of leaving them scattered around. (Example: put all office supplies in one place, and small kitchen gadgets in another place, together.)
  8. For a lot of the same type of items, (like clothing, toys, etc.) spread everything out in a single area so you can see what you have. Then, decide whether to discard or donate.
  9. Clean a little as you go. This doesn’t have to be a deep clean (which might be too overwhelming if you’re already tackling lots of clutter), but wiping up dust and spraying here and there will go a long way.
  10. Don’t transfer clutter from one place to another. You’re trying to de-clutter, not re-clutter, remember? If you’re not keeping it, put it in either your DISCARD box, or the DONATE/SELL box.
  11. SUPER IMPORTANT: don’t move on to the next room—or even to the next area in the same room—until you’ve completely finished.
  12. Wait until you’ve fully decluttered (and know what’s staying) to buy storage or organization products. As you declutter, note any areas that waste vertical or hidden space so you can find storage solutions for your remaining items later.

Use This Ultimate Declutter Your Home Checklist PDF + Calendar to Organize Without Stressing

Make decluttering your home easy with this printable PDF checklist! 

This simple checklist guide will also help you declutter each room fast and stay organized with:

  • Cut-out labels (Donate, Discard, or Sell) to tape on each box or bin as you sort through everything
  • A calendar to help you plan when to declutter each room—especially if you’re planning to move and need to start weeks ahead 
  • Checkboxes for each room to track your progress on the most commonly cluttered areas
  • Space to add notes for each room (great for adding tasks you may have to circle back to for some reason)

Wrapping Up

Since you now have a checklist to work from, decluttering your home should be super simple.

Forget the overwhelm, anxiety, and just plain confusion of not knowing where to start. 

You’ve officially got this

Just stick to the plan above—plus, the checklist—and tackle your next sprucing or downsizing project by going out with the old, in with the new!

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Decluttering Your House: How to Get Rid of Things You No Longer Want in Austin


If some days you look around and realize your house is too cluttered, you're not alone. We all have things we just don't use anymore, and yet we allow them to continue to sit in our house, closet, or garage, day in and day out, simply taking up space. You know that treadmill you haven't turned on since 2002 and now just acts as a clothes rack? Or maybe that outfit you bought three years ago but still haven't found an occasion to wear it? Well, how about setting aside some time in the next month and getting rid of that stuff once and for all? It will give you more space, and it will feel great to finally get rid of it! And if you plan on moving soon, think about how much easier your move will go when you have fewer things for your Austin movers to load up and transport. Here's how to get started on getting rid of items you don't need.

Keep It in the Family (or At Least Within Your Circle of Friends)

Maybe you've finally come to terms with the fact that you're probably not ever going to step on that treadmill again…but your sister--who has been trying to get in shape--just might! After all, one person's "trash" is another person's treasure.

So as you go through the things you don't want, think about friends and family members who might be able to use some of them. Maybe you have a perfectly good set of pots and pans you never cook with, and your best friend--who's just getting into cooking more lately--would love them.

Or perhaps your son's old clothes would be perfect for your neighbor's younger son. Whether you donate your unwanted items to friends and family or sell them at a super low price, keeping them within your circle is a great way to help out loved ones while getting rid of things you no longer need.

Make Some Money While Downsizing

If no one you know wants your belongings, another option is to sell them. Among the easiest ways to do this is to take pictures and put them on Facebook Marketplace, or any local Austin Facebook groups that let members buy and sell. In fact, there are a few groups that are specifically for buying and selling in the Austin area. Similarly, you can post your items for sale on sites like eBay or Craigslist.

If you prefer to sell your items in person rather than online, consider going to a local resale store. For example, you can get money for your used clothing, shoes, purses and accessories at the Plato's Closet in South Austin.

If you have furniture or household items to sell, head to consignment stores that take these items. Design with Consignment is one example of this kind of store in Austin. This way, you get your unwanted belongings off your hands--making more room in your home--and you make a little money at the same time!

As nice as it is to make some extra cash when downsizing, it's not always a practical endeavor. Maybe you don't have time to take pictures and write a description for every item you have so you can sell online, and you don't want to spend your Saturday at the local consignment store. In this case, donating is a good idea.

In fact, since donations are usually tax-deductible, this tactic can be just as profitable as selling your stuff, especially if you usually owe at tax time. So head to the Austin Goodwill or Salvation Army to make your donations as you downsize. Most locations can even pick up your items if you can't transport them yourself.

You can also donate gently used professional attire to Dress for Success, as they're often looking for free clothes, shoes, and other accessories. This way, you know you're helping a good cause while making more room in your home.

Throw Out Old Items

You know that saying, "when in doubt, throw it out?" Well, it applies here! If you know you don't use it, and no one you know want wants or needs it, it's probably time to just throw it away.

This is particularly true of stained or torn clothing and shoes, ripped up furniture and broken household appliances. If you're having trouble getting rid of items you want to throw out, you can contact LoadUp in Austin to come pick up your junk.

Following these tips can help you get rid of anything you don't need in your house. And if the reason you're trying to declutter is that you plan on moving in Austin soon, contact us to schedule Austin movers to come help you from start to finish on moving day!


Top 5 Organization Tips from our Professional Packers


 

The moving process is so focused on packing and loading everything up that you might forget there's still a lot of work to be done once you get to your new home. Namely, you still have to unpack! And that could take a lot longer than you might think--which is why we all know someone who has a room full of unpacked boxes from last year's move. So you're probably going to need some unpacking tips as you slide into the homestretch of your move. More specifically, you might need some help staying organized as you unpack everything, so take a look at what our professional packers have learned over the years.

Unpack the Necessities Right Away

No matter how ambitious you are, you're probably not going to be able to unpack and organize a house full of items the same day you move in. And yet, there are some possessions that you can't just leave in boxes for days or weeks…like your coffeemaker and your clothes for work tomorrow!

So when you're packing your old house, think about the items you'll need in the first few days at your new home, and be sure to place them in a box with an "X" on it. If you hire professional packers, they can help with this moving must-do. This organizational tip can prevent you from panicking as you run around your new home, ripping open boxes in search of shoes for work!

Put Similar Items Together

Before you start unpacking, be sure to have some organizational tools on hand, such as plastic tubs or bins. This will make it easy to sort your things as you pull them out of boxes. For example, put all the batteries in one little bin that you can place in a drawer in your kitchen as you unpack, and keep the extension cords in one tub that you can put in the garage.

And you know that color-coordinated closet you've always wanted? Now is the time to set it up! As you unpack your clothes, put all your white shirts in one spot, next to all your yellow shirts, and so on. Once your clothes are organized by color, you can organize according to clothing type, such as pants, long-sleeved shirts, short-sleeved shirts, etc. The result will look much better than if you just hang all your clothes in your closet willy nilly, with no clear pattern.

Declutter As You Unpack

When you hire professional packers, they'll remind you that you don't need to bring everything with you when you move. It's best to toss or donate anything you haven't used in years. But if you didn't heed this advice when you packed, it's not too late! You can still throw out items as you unpack them. It's much better than spending time finding a spot for things you won't use anyway. After all, the secret to having good feng shui in your home is keeping clutter at bay!

For example, if you're still holding onto a shirt that hasn't fit you since high school, it's probably time to get rid of it. Even if it fit, it wouldn't exactly be in style anymore, right? So it's better to donate it than to take the time to find a spot for it in your newly organized closet.

Keep At It

Want to know the secret to not being that person who has a room full of unpacked boxes months after the move? Just keep going! It's tempting to get a little done at a time so you can take a long break every couple of hours, but you're going to regret that relaxed pace when you're still unpacked next month.

So have it in your mind that you're not going to stop until every single box is unpacked! Clear your schedule, turn on music, get focused, and get to work. And once you've fully unpacked a room, break down the boxes and remove trash so you're not constantly surrounded by moving clutter.

Last Things Last

The last thing you should after unpacking is relax. That means you should keep it to a minimum until you're done! So if your favorite thing to do in the evening is sitting back and watch Netflix, then the last thing you should do is get the TV mounted, because then you're going to be distracted by shows when you should be unpacking.

So save that task as a reward for when you're done! Use it as an incentive to finally finish the move so your new house looks like a home as soon as possible. And if you find that you need some help at any point in your move, contact 3 Men Movers. We offer professional packers, movers, and moving supplies at our locations in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas, and we'd love to help!

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What Should You Sell, Keep or Toss Before You Move?


Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Moving isn't known as a fun activity, but it doesn't have to be overly stressful, either. You can lighten your load -- literally -- by getting rid of some of the stuff taking up space in your house. After all, they're going to take up the same amount of space in your new home, which means you'll be living with clutter from the get-go. Why not get a fresh start instead, clearing out any items you're just not using anymore? And if you're like most people, you've been saying for years that you'll declutter your home "someday." Well, it makes sense to use your upcoming move to get energized enough to finally let go of items you no longer use. You can get started with these tips on figuring out what to keep, what to sell, and what to simply toss in the trash can before you move.

 

What to Keep - The One Year Rule

Okay, most of the contents of your home will probably fall into the "keep" category. If you used an item yesterday, you probably want to keep it. Don't get so excited about decluttering that you throw out all the pots and pans you'll need for dinner! Good rule of thumb, if you haven't used something in the last year or so, it's most likely time to part ways.

Of course, there are exceptions to this rule, as some items have sentimental value. You might rarely dust off your old awards from childhood or that photo album with precious reminders of your grandparents in it, but you should still keep them. Just set them aside in a box as you pack, and start planning where to store them in your new home.

 

What to Sell - LetGo Is The New Garage Sale

Now that you've discovered numerous items you haven't used in years, what do you do with them? If you don't want to pack them or toss them, and there's still some life left in them, consider selling them. But before you do, make sure they're going to be worth the time it takes to list them online on sites like Letgo, or set them out in front of your house during a garage sale.

First, ensure this stuff doesn't simply qualify as junk. You haven't used that waffle maker in three years. Is it because it won't turn on, or did you just decide buying frozen waffles was easier than making them? If it's the latter, maybe you could help out another family and make a few dollars while you're at it by selling it at your garage sale or online. As long as you think there's a demand for the item and it's still in good shape, you might as well try selling it before you move. Just give yourself a deadline so you know when to throw in the towel if it doesn't sell, at which point you'll either toss it or donate it for free. This ensures you don't delay your move just because you haven't sold your old dryer yet.

 

What to Toss - This is a Good Thing

Let's face it. Everyone has some stuff in their home they probably should have thrown out years ago. So don't be surprised if you find some during your move. Just be prepared with two big garbage bags: one for your trash and one for your recyclables. If you have a drawer filled with old receipts or user manuals for items you don't even have anymore, throw them out. Do the same with items like makeup you bought five years ago, broken costume jewelry you never got around to fixing, or that giant pile of magazines from the '90s. This way, you have fewer belongings to move, and you get a fresh start in your new home. Win/win!

Another way to make your move easier is to hire the right movers who will safely transport all your items in the "keep" pile to your new house. You did just spend hours figuring out what your most prized possessions are, so they must be worth protecting during the move, right? At 3 Men Movers, we're happy to make your move as pleasant as possible, so contact us today to get a free moving estimate!

 


Decluttering Your Home Made Easy


You never notice how much stuff you have until you are in the midst of spring cleaning or in this case, getting ready for a move; that’s because clutter sneaks up on the best of us. You go shopping for a few decor items, visit a few flea markets, and before you know it, you’ve got eighteen cat figurines! Well maybe not, but most of us do have a lot of items in our home that we could do without.

You can drastically cut down on the number of items that you have to pack and the amount of unwanted “stuff” you have to haul your new home by decluttering before your move. Of course, there’s more to the story. If getting rid of all the stuff you don’t need was so easy, we’d all have pristine, organized homes.

 

Home Decluttering Checklist For An Organized Move

Tip #1: Make a detailed list

Write down what rooms need to be cleaned out and the date that you plan on combing through each one. Like we’ve already said, you never really know just how much stuff you have until you start this process so give yourself an entire day to devote to organizing one room at a time.

Either print your checklist or write it by hand.

When you finish, hang it up somewhere in the house that you pass by every day. Seeing it will help you stay accountable.

Tip #2: Measure the dimensions of your new place and map out each room

Not many of us end up buying every piece specific to the home that we’re moving into unless it’s your first time living on our own. However, before you pack up furniture from your previous house, make sure it fits in your new place. Measure each room, before your move, to make sure that you have enough space for all of your large furniture pieces...this exercise will take some pieces off the “must-keep” list.

Tip #3: Have a brutally honest friend or family member help you

Decluttering isn’t a task for the sentimental. Having someone who can crack the whip, and help you make the hard calls during the declutter process will be a big help. Just make sure you don’t ask someone to help you that is equally as sentimental about your things as you are...cough...most mothers.

Tip #4: Prepare yourself to give things away that you want to hold onto

There’s no way to successfully go through the decluttering process without having to sacrifice a few things that you want to hold onto. But you have to prepare yourself for this before you begin if you want to get anywhere. Think about it this way, everything that we purchase or create has a story but passing the item onto someone else or getting rid of it isn’t going to erase that memory. Remember the moment and let it go!

Tip #5: Create a new habit...don’t wait until you’re moving to de-clutter

The easiest way to keep clutter at bay is to not let it accumulate. Go through each room and closet twice a year to organize and clear things out. If you’re a shopper this is crucial for you. If you’re consistently bringing new things into the home and not getting rid of anything you’ll save yourself a lot of time and closet space by clearing things out and donating periodically.

In Conclusion

Getting rid of the things that you don’t need or use can leave you feeling lighter. Even if you do feel anxiety or sadness while clearing your home out, it’ll all be worth it in the end. You’ll feel better and you’ll have a much easier time preparing for your next move.

Feeling inspired to de-clutter but not sure where to donate? Here’s a link to several pick up and drop off donation centers in Houston.


5 Super Tips from San Antonio Movers to Maximize Space in Your Home


When you are moving into a new home, mapping out who gets what room and deciding on what furniture to keep and get rid of there are several things that are important to keep in mind. During this time it is important to evaluate your new home and determine how to get the most of the space you are getting with your new residence in San Antonio.  Maximizing the space in your new home is something that is easily undervalued and overlooked but can truely transform the new home you are moving into. There are many ways to do this as long as you take the time to make it a priority during the moving process.

With many professional home decorators and organizers that exist these days it is easy to be intimidated when trying to determine the best way to maximize the square footage and create the best way to maximize the square footageillusion of additional space in your home.  This doesn't have to be an overwhelming expensive task though.  There are several tricks of the trade that San Antonio realtors use that new homeowners can easily put to use with their new home.

Even if your home has limited space, it doesn’t have to feel cramped.  Here are four tips from our San Antonio movers to make the most of the space you have with your new home.

1.  Maximize the use of built in storage areas in your new home.  It is typical for rooms to be located behind staircases or hidden in hallways and bedrooms. Finding these often underutilized spaces and using them creatively in your new home can leave abundant space in the living areas in your home.  These areas can be used for storage or even turned into small convenient areas like small computer offices and extra closet space.

2.  Mirrors can make any room look bigger. The mirrors add space and also reflect both natural and artificial light to make a room appear brighter and more spacious.  You can place the mirror near a window to reflect the natural view outside. Another trick with mirrors is to use mirrored cabinet doors for creating more storage as well as making the room appear larger at the same time.

3.  Use your furniture in effective ways to maximize the space in your new rooms.  Place large furniture against the walls so the space in the middle is open.  Scale your furniture for the size of the room.  It is also important to not block the walkways in a room, as this can close off rooms and make them appear smaller.  Another easy way to effectively use the space in your new home is to use multi-function furniture like a chest that can be used as a coffee table, sofa beds, and beds that have storage underneath them.

4.  Repaint and use colors to open up the space in rooms.  Light colors make a room look and feel bigger. Light and brightly coloring your walls is an effective way to make a space feel roomier. Dark colors close up a room and make it feel smaller and closed in. Brighter rooms look bigger and more inviting. Also, painting your moldings light, can create the optical illusion of making rooms feel more spacious.

5.  Design your rooms to easily stay organized and keep tidy.  Smaller rooms can feel even smaller when there is clutter. When you can keep everything in the room neat and organized the room feels larger no matter what the square footage is.  You can plan for this by creating organized storage areas into the design of your rooms before you even move in.  Creating areas for keys, mail and papers that easily clutter living rooms and kitchens is very helpful in keeping the clutter out of rooms.

6.  Create a focal point in each room.  Having one item or piece of furniture will draw the eye to one area and create a synergy in the room to create the illusion of more space. It will be different for each room but no matter what the room is, you have the opportunity to create one area of interest, whether it's an ornate headboard on a bed or a lavish flower arrangement on the dining room table. This is a main trick of designers and one of the easiest ways to create a sense of spaciousness even if you aren't a professional home decorator.

These are simple, yet cost effective ways to make any new home look and feel bigger.  As you begin to plan moving into your new home we hope this will help you prepare your new space to make the most out of it.

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