Embarking on a move offers the perfect opportunity to declutter before moving. It lowers the cost of moving and simplifies unpacking. The guide includes room-by-room decluttering tips and checklist. Follow these steps to help the process of moving with AOA Moving Services go more smoothly.

General Decluttering Tips

  1. Start Early: Begin at least a month before moving.
  2. Use a Checklist: Helps track progress.
  3. One Room at a Time: Focus prevents overwhelm.
  4. Donate, Sell, Recycle: Decide what to do with items you don’t need.
  5. Use Boxes: Label them: ‘Keep’, ‘Donate’, ‘Sell’, ‘Recycle’.
  1. Question Every Item: If not used in a year, consider letting go.
  2. Measure Furniture: Ensure it fits in your new space.
  3. Digitalize: Convert DVDs, CDs, and paperwork to digital forms.
  4. Involve Family: Assign tasks to each member.
  5. Stay Consistent: Dedicate time daily to decluttering.

Decluttering Checklist. Room-by-Room Guide.

Living Room Decluttering Guide

📚 Books and Magazines: Identify which ones you truly value. Keep favorites and donate the rest. Consider these steps:

  • Review each item individually.
  • Donate items you won’t revisit to libraries or charity shops.
  • Recycle outdated magazines.

🎍 Decorations: Decor items should fit the aesthetic of your new home. Simplify by:

  • Evaluating each decoration for its emotional value or fit with your new space’s style.
  • Gifting or donating items that no longer serve your taste.

💻 Electronics: Outdated or unused electronics can clutter your space. Streamline by:

  • Selling or donating working electronics you no longer use.
  • Recycling old gadgets responsibly.
  • Remove the batteries.

🛋️ Furniture: Furniture should be functional and fit in your new living space.

  • Measure large items to ensure they fit in your new home.
  • Sell or donate pieces that won’t fit or you no longer need.
  • Disassemble the furniture.

🔌 Cables and Remotes: Miscellaneous electronics accessories often accumulate.

  • Keep only those cables and remotes that are essential.
  • Dispose of or recycle any that are no longer needed.
  • Use cable ties.

This approach should help you declutter your living room effectively, making your move smoother and your new home more organized.

Kitchen Decluttering Guide

🍽️ Utensils and Cookware: Kitchens often harbor unused items. Reduce clutter by:

  • Keeping only complete sets and frequently used items.
  • Donating or selling duplicates and items in good condition that you rarely use.

🔪 Appliances: Small appliances can take up valuable space.

  • Evaluate which appliances you use regularly.
  • Sell, donate, or recycle appliances that are no longer in use.

🥣 Food Containers: Mismatched lids and containers can create unnecessary clutter.

  • Pair lids with their containers.
  • Recycle or dispose of any without matches or that are in poor condition.

🥡 Pantry: Expired or unused items can accumulate.

  • Sort through food items, discarding expired products.
  • Donate non-perishable items that you won’t use.

By focusing on these areas, you’ll significantly reduce kitchen clutter, making packing and unpacking much easier and ensuring your new kitchen is organized from the start.

Bedrooms Decluttering Guide

👔 Clothing: One of the largest clutter categories in bedrooms. Streamline your wardrobe by:

  • Trying on clothes to ensure they fit and are in good condition.
  • Keeping only those items you love and wear regularly.
  • Donating or selling clothes that no longer fit or you haven’t worn in the past year.

🛏️ Bedding and Linens: Closets can be overflowing with excess bedding.

  • Keep two sets of bedding for each bed for rotation.
  • Donate unused or old sets to animal shelters or charity organizations.

📔 Books and Personal Items: Bedrooms often accumulate personal items and books.

  • Review your book collection, keeping only those you’ll re-read or have sentimental value.
  • Evaluate personal items, keeping only those that are meaningful or necessary.
  • Prepare a special, separate storage area for memorabilia

🪑 Furniture: Ensure your bedroom furniture will fit and serve a purpose in your new space.

  • Measure furniture and compare with the dimensions of your new bedroom.
  • Sell or donate items that won’t fit or you no longer need.
  • Disassemble the furniture.

🥾 Shoes and Accessories: Similar to clothing, shoes, and accessories can accumulate.

  • Sort through, keeping only those in good condition and that you wear regularly.
  • Donate or sell items that no longer fit or haven’t been worn recently.
  • Get special shoe boxes.

Addressing these categories in your bedroom will not only help declutter your space but also ensure you’re only moving with items that are truly needed and valued.

Bathroom Decluttering Guide

💊 Medicines and Cosmetics: Bathrooms often contain expired or unused items.

  • Safely dispose of expired medications.
  • Toss out old cosmetics and skincare products that are past their prime.

🧺 Towels and Bathmats: Assess your linens for wear and necessity.

  • Keep a set of towels per person and a couple of extras for guests.
  • Donate old towels to animal shelters or use them as rags for cleaning.

🪒 Bathroom Accessories: Declutter your countertops by minimizing accessories.

  • Keep only daily use items accessible; store away infrequently used items.
  • Evaluate what you truly use and need, discarding or donating the rest.

🛁 Shower and Bathtub: Sort through your shower products.

  • Discard empty or unused products.
  • Limit yourself to a reasonable amount of in-use products to avoid clutter.

By focusing on these areas, your bathroom will be efficiently organized, making it easier to pack and ensuring that you only take what you genuinely use to your new home.

Garage/Storage Areas Decluttering Guide

⚒️ Tools and Equipment: The garage often houses tools, lawn equipment, and hardware. Organize by:

  • Keeping tools you use regularly and are in good condition.
  • Selling or donating tools and equipment you no longer need or have duplicates of.

🛹 Outdoor Gear: Items like camping equipment, sports gear, and bicycles can accumulate.

  • Assess the condition and how often you use each item.
  • Keep what you regularly use and is in good shape; consider selling or donating the rest.

🧤 Seasonal Items: Decorations and seasonal gear can take up a lot of space.

  • Keep only seasonal items you use annually and are in good condition.
  • Donate or sell decorations that you no longer display.

📥 Storage Boxes: Review the contents of any stored boxes.

  • Sort through boxes, keeping only items that are necessary or have sentimental value.
  • Consider digitizing photos or documents to save space.

🚙 Automotive Supplies: From car maintenance products to spare parts.

  • Keep only what is relevant for your current vehicle and in good condition.
  • Properly dispose of expired or unused chemicals.

Decluttering your garage or storage area not only frees up space but also makes it easier to find and access the things you really need. It’s an essential step in ensuring that your move is as efficient and streamlined as possible, allowing you to start fresh in your new home.


Decluttering before a move is an effective way to have a fresh start in your new house. By following this decluttering room-by-room guide before moving, you’ve prepared your items for a more efficient moving. Remember that decluttering is more than just lowering the quantity of objects you own; it’s about carefully selecting what to carry into the next phase of your life. As you unpack in your new place, you’ll appreciate the care and time you put into the process, which will help your new house seem more like home sooner.

We hope this guide has been a helpful resource in your moving process. AOA Moving Services is here to support you every step of the way. Happy moving!