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.

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 - please support our local charity shops - and 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!