Helping a friend or family member move is an experience that we all share at one point or another. It usually means setting aside a Saturday, searching the closet for clothes you don’t mind potentially ruining and eating too much pizza while you and your friends laugh and reminisce about the times shared in their home. Sometimes, however, there’s no time for pizza because your friend has a lot of stuff. Whether they’re a collector or the indecisive type who keeps everything, helping them sort through and move everything they own can turn into a full weekend of work if you don’t know how to handle it. So, what do you get for the person who needs to move everything? How about a copy of our tips for helping move a cluttered home.
Give yourself plenty of time
When someone’s been accumulating things for a long time, it will take more than just a few hours to get them packed and ready to move. Allow for more time than you think you will need, especially during the initial packing/decluttering session. If you look at the home and think it will take two days to pack, allow for four because there’s bound to be things you don’t see at a first glance. Also, provide more materials than you think will be necessary. Come prepared with an abundance of cleaning supplies, disposable gloves, garbage bags and a whole lot of boxes.
Remember, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure
When helping that friend or family member who’s home is cluttered, the key word to remember is patience. The move may become challenging, but remember that your friend may be overwhelmed and embarrassed by the size of the job. Remember that, for them, these items have some kind of emotional value.
The best thing to do is just to take a deep breath and go through the home, room-by-room, section-by-section. After all, you’ve given yourself plenty of time to get this done. Go slowly and listen to what your friend or family member has to say. You agreed to help because you care, as long as you keep that in mind, it will be a stress-free move.
Create a decluttering plan and get help if needed
Many moving and storage companies offer a full declutter service for a small charge. Try having the individual pick out just a few items from the house and get them packed before the movers arrive. Then, have the moving crew do the rest of the decluttering to expedite the process.
Have a solid plan and execute.
If you decide on tackling the clutter yourselves, then it’s important to have a specific plan of action. Designate areas of the house that can be used to sort items. You should have three categories: “trash”, “donate” and “keep”. Start in one room of the house and declutter it by sorting its contents into these designated areas. It will take time, but it will help make the job more manageable and organized.
One of the most important parts of your plan is the deadline. Don’t forget, clutter usually stems from a desire to not throw things away, so don’t be surprised if your friend resists some. Just make sure to keep reminding them that you are on a schedule and make them keep the deadline that has been set.
A cluttered home can seem like a challenging task but setting a plan and managing time are the keys to staying organized. As long as you follow these guidelines, you will have a stress-free decluttering experience.