What are the best ways to declutter?

Angela Ellis

A good clear-out’s always satisfying and when better than while you’re preparing to move house? Even if you’ve only just put your house on the market, it’s worth making an early start as people tend to surprise themselves when they discover how much stuff they’ve collected over time! Showing potential buyers round is also a lot easier when there’s less clutter about. We often help people by sourcing places to go with all the items they no longer need or want, so we thought we’d put this article together to give you a few pointers.

Top ten declutter tips

Click on this link which gives you top tips on how to declutter, in particular keeping it tidy and spacious-looking for - really handy when showing people around your home.

The step-by-step approach

Throw away 10 things a day for the next 40 days! If the thought of doing it all at once seems too much to handle in one go, try a more gradual, systematic way of decluttering. It’s an easy file (pdf) to print out and leave on your kitchen table to follow over 40 days.

A different approach

If you like reading, we recommend catching up with Marie Kondo’s book. Her focus is on what you want to keep, not what you want to get rid of. 

25 pre-move disposable musts

If you’re more of a video fan then check out this YouTube video which covers 25 things To Get Rid Of Before You Move.

A little extra cash can go a long way when you’re moving house

Why not take the opportunity to bring in some useful extra money to help with those extra costs like dog-sitters, take-outs and petrol for unexpected trips to friends and relatives? The following links tip you the nod to some useful outlets that pay for unwanted clothes and possessions.

Teddy’s cash For Clothes

Kids seem to grow ever more quickly these days, and that means growing out of things like clothes and toys. If your hand-me-downs are no longer worth hanging onto, Teddy’s cash for clothes pay good money for clothes with outlets covering a large area in the South East. They also pay cash for paired shoes/boots, belts and handbags. Household items such as pillowcases, duvet covers, towels and table cloths can also earn you extra money as well as jewellery, unopened cosmetics and perfumes. Their Watford branch is at 394, St Albans Road. Give them a call on 0208 594 4588.

Lots for Tots Sales

This is a local organisation and a great way to make some spare cash by selling toys or clothes that your little ones have grown out of. Simply book a table for a couple of hours at one of the events listed on their website: https://lotsfortotssale.co.uk/ Baby and Toddler Table Top Sales events are held around Watford, Hemel Hempstead and St Albans.

Cash for kids’ clothes

This is another handy outfit that pays cash for unwanted children's (and adult's) clothes from Hemel Hempstead, Watford, Milton Keynes, Luton and beyond. Another benefit is that they’ll pay you cash on your doorstep – so you don’t even need to leave the house! www.cashforkidsclothes.co.uk

And for everything that really has seen better days…

It’s always nice to know that your clothes and toys have been passed on for others to enjoy and appreciate - but for everything that’s definitely heading for the bin, there are always the local recycling centres at Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Harpenden, Waterdale, Watford, St Albans and Rickmansworth. Here’s a reminder of where to go for addresses, opening times and what they’ll accept, visit:


Good luck with the sort-out – I hope you choose us to sort your move!