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Canadians are opting out of big city living and moving out to smaller, quieter communities with more affordable homes. Are you gearing up for a move to Exeter or Forest or another neighboring town? 

Whether you’re a procrastinator or a planner, one thing is for sure…you’ll be happier in the end if you declutter before a move. Even if you’re at a loss on how to organize, getting rid of things you don’t use and won’t use is a great first step in getting ready to move. 

One of the most difficult tasks you’ll face though is deciding what to keep and what to throw away. Keep reading for some advice on how to declutter and organize when preparing for a move.

Five Categories

When going through your belongings, make five different piles: keep, recycle, throw away, donate, and sell. Having a friend or family member to help you with this task will keep you focused. Choose someone who will push you to be realistic rather than sentimental about “stuff”. 

List the things you want to sell on social media for quick sales or plan a garage sale. Whatever you don’t sell, can move over to the donate category. 

Go Room by Room

The whole task of going through everything you own is so overwhelming especially if you’ve been in one place for a long time. Choose to do one room at a time. Finish up each room before starting another one. 


Your bedrooms hold a lot via closets and dressers. Sort through clothes and shoes using the “12-month rule.” Eliminate anything that you haven’t used in the last 12 months. 


Get rid of any expired or never-used items. Go through your cookware and utensils and organize them according to use. Anything that’s a duplicate, put in the sell or donate pile. 

Family Room 

Toys, books, DVDs, electronics…which ones do you still use? Which ones do you want to hold onto? Which ones have your kids outgrown? 

Remember books and DVDs are heavy to move so keep anything that’s special and donate others to a school or local library. Donate toys to families in need. 

Prepare Early

As soon as you know that you’re going to be moving, start living a little differently. Don’t buy anything or bring anything new into the house. Start using things up like pantry items, personal care items, consumables, cleaning supplies, etc. If you come across things that you know you won’t wear or use, get rid of them or start your “piles” before you officially start your decluttering.

Declutter and Organize Before You Move 

There’s no reason to bring things with you to your new home if you’re not using them now. Use this advice to declutter and organize to make setting up your new home easier, quicker, and clutter-free! 

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