The Art of Decluttering Prior to a Move

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Moving to a new home brings with it a sense of excitement and new beginnings. However, the process of packing up your belongings and transporting them to a new location can be overwhelming. One effective way to streamline your move and start fresh is by decluttering beforehand. Inspired by the renowned organising consultant Marie Kondo and her popular Netflix series, this blog post explores the art of decluttering prior to a move and the transformative power it holds.

The Power of Inspired Decluttering

Decluttering prior to a move allows you to make intentional choices about the items you bring into your new space. By asking yourself, “Does this item truly bring me joy?” you can evaluate the emotional significance and practicality of each possession. While the advice is inspired by Marie Kondo, we also encourage you to consider your unique needs and vision for your new home. Before you dive into decluttering, take a moment to visualise your ideal living space in your new home. Envision the ambiance, functionality, and style you desire. This exercise will help you determine which items align with your vision and which ones no longer serve a purpose in your life.

Streamlining the Process: Practical Tips

To make the decluttering process more manageable, consider the following practical tips:

      • Create designated areas for sorting items into categories: keep, donate/sell, and discard.

      • Valuable items that no longer serve you can be sold through online platforms, allowing others to find joy in them while you generate some extra funds for your move.

      • Consider donating items that no longer spark joy but are still in good condition. Local charities and organizations would greatly appreciate your contributions.

      • Consider decluttering in order of categories: clothing, books, papers, miscellaneous items, and sentimental items. Begin with clothing as it tends to be less emotionally charged, gradually progressing to more sentimental categories. By following this order, you’ll build momentum and develop your decision-making skills along the way.

      • Dispose of broken or unusable items responsibly.

      • Pack and label your boxes according to the room they belong to. This will make unpacking in your new home a breeze.

    At Mason Moves Bristol, we understand the importance of decluttering during the moving process. We value community and offer additional services to assist you in decluttering responsibly. As licensed waste carriers, we can provide a quotation for the disposal of any waste you may have, ensuring it is handled in an environmentally friendly manner.

    You may come across furniture items that no longer fit your vision or are no longer needed. We have established relationships with local charities, allowing us to facilitate the donation of suitable furniture on your behalf. By working with us, you can give your unwanted furniture a second life and support charitable organisations in your community.


    Decluttering prior to a move not only simplifies the packing process but also sets the stage for a fresh start in your new home. Inspired by Marie Kondo’s approach (I recommend her Netflix series!), you can embark on a transformative journey of letting go, embracing joy, and curating a living space that truly resonates with you.

    Happy moving!

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