A Guide to Decluttering Before Moving

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According to Statistics Canada, 35% of households have moved homes in the last five years and 50% of people intend to move in the next five years. Although it’s an exciting time, moving homes can be a stressful process, especially if you go ahead without any plan. Reduce the stress by decluttering before moving homes. This way, not only can you lighten your load, but you can also save lots of time, money and effort. In fact, there are lots of other benefits of decluttering before moving homes:

  • If you are selling your home, staging your home becomes easier.
  • Organizing and cleaning your new home would be easier.
  • You can make money selling things you don’t need.
  • You won’t take the clutter with you to your new home.
  • You will save lots of money. When you have fewer things to move, the less it costs to move. You’ll also spend less on removal costs and packing supplies.

If you are wondering how to prepare for moving homes, we have you covered. We have put together a brief guide to help you declutter before your move.


Walk through each room in turn. Usually the most cluttered rooms are the garage, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. For convenience, all garbage from different rooms can be sorted into categories and collected in one place.
Determine in advance the place where you will collect all the trash.
Consider decluttering clothes and old papers primarily.
Schedule a cleaning time. For example, you may decide that you will sort the garbage every day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m..
Take decluttering as a challenge. The competitive element can add motivation.
Rent a bin for collecting unnecessary things and save time for cleaning.

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This is a main rule for decluttering. Once you learn it’s time to move, begin to work on freeing the house from rubbish. If you leave this process to the very last minute, you will most likely feel rushed, stressed and pressured. As a result, you may have a hard time deciding what to leave out and what to take. Worse yet, you may end up throwing out things you may regret later.

Carefully sorting through your stuff and thoughtful decluttering takes time. By making an early start, you get time to plan, sort, sell, donate and discard. There are a variety of ways to declutter before your move. With ample time at hand, you can find a process that suits you well.


Before you begin the process of sorting things to declutter, begin by taking out all the things you no longer use or don’t need, but haven’t gotten around to doing it. For instance you should declutter:

  • broken or unused appliances;
  • old baby items, i.e. toys;
  • old cables and remotes for electronics you do not even own anymore;
  • non-refundable items you bought on impulse and had no use for, leaving you with buyers’ remorse;
  • сollege books;
  • old papers and magazines;
  • old furniture that’s not worth the moving cost;
  • gifts you did not appreciate but couldn’t give away out of guilt.

Items that are in working order can either be sold or donated, but be sure to toss away any item that’s damaged, falling apart or broken.


Decluttering is no mean feat. It can take a lot of time especially when you have a lot of items to sort. This means that you may become tired long before you are done. After all, there’s a limit to how long you can declutter at a time.

That’s why it helps to have a decluttering plan.

With a plan, you can assess all that you need to declutter and estimate how long you will need to get things done. Use this information to create a decluttering schedule and get things done long before it’s time to move.

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If you plan to declutter by room, consider doing it by category.

Instead of sorting room by room and decluttering one room at a time, bring out all items in one spot, no matter which room they belong to. By following this basic rule of decluttering, you can get rid of junk in one go.

It’s highly unlikely that your new home will be organized in the same way as your current abode. You may change how you place some things or shift where you place them.

When you declutter by category, you can see how many pieces of an item you have. Rather than deciding how many is good enough for a room, you can decide how many items of a specific type are enough.

For instance, if you have books in different parts of the home, bring them all in one place when you are sorting and decluttering. Now decide how many books you want to keep based on your collection as a whole rather than based on how many you want to keep in each room.


If you haven’t given a thought to renting a bin for moving, then this is the best tip you will come across ever.

Renting a garbage bin is a great way to remove all the junk and clutter from your house in one go. Bin for decluttering will help you to leave unnecessary things in one place. When you have a large dumpster sitting in your driveway, you won’t have to think twice about dumping things that are broken, damaged and out of use, and things you don’t need.

Decluttering without a dumpster handy can make things difficult. Imagine that you have lots of stuff to throw away. Would you find it easier to make hundreds of small trips to the neighborhood dumpster? Or would you rather have your very own rental bin that’s readily accessible and a stone’s throw away?

That’s a no-brainer!

What’s more, you won’t even have to worry about hauling all that junk away. GTA Bin is a perfect decluttering service in Toronto for you. Simply contact GTA Bin to schedule a drop and we will bring your dumpster rental at the scheduled time. When you are done sorting and decluttering your home, we will come back to pick up your garbage bin and dispose of all the rubbish safely, sustainably and securely.


By decluttering well before moving day, you can remove all the items you don’t need. You can use decluttering checklist for your home from GTA Bin:

  • Take care of decluttering in advance, at least 2-3 weeks before moving.
  • Sort the junk into categories, such as worn out papers and magazines, unwanted gifts, broken things, etc.
  • Set aside time for decluttering your home.
  • Plan in advance which things you definitely want to keep, which ones to throw away, and which ones you can sell.
  • Find a place to collect unnecessary things. Renting a large bin will help you with this.

This way, you won’t waste time, effort and money moving stuff you don’t want. Even if you feel your home is not super cluttered, you may have many things you don’t use any more.

For more information about our dumpster rental or to schedule a drop, contact us today. We are the experts, who can organize decluttering services near you. Our friendly team would be happy to answer your questions and help you choose a bin size that suits your needs.