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Bridget Flynn  |  Divine Organizing

Declutter for a Move: a Method to Reduce Overwhelm

Updated: Aug 5, 2023

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the idea of decluttering your home and preparing for an upcoming move? If so, you're not alone. Organizing our belongings and clearing out accumulated clutter can be daunting. However, there's good news! In this blog post, I share valuable insights on how to make the decluttering process more manageable and less intimidating. By following these tips, you can turn decluttering into a rewarding journey and ensure a smooth transition to your new space.

Watch the video I made with local luxury real estate agent Linda Dunsmore, or read below for the tips!

Start Small, One Box at a Time

Decluttering an entire home can be an intimidating prospect, especially when you have a busy schedule and limited energy. My advice is simple yet effective - take it one box at a time.

Begin by focusing on your storage boxes. Some of us have numerous boxes tucked away in various corners, making it unrealistic to tackle everything at once. Instead, select one box, place it on a cleared-off table or countertop, and begin sorting the items into four categories: donate, sell, trash, and keep. By breaking the process down into smaller, manageable steps, you'll find it easier to make progress without feeling overwhelmed.

Prioritize Frequently Used Spaces

Once you've had the deep satisfaction of decluttering your storage boxes (well, deeply satisfying according to me!), shift your focus to the spaces you use most frequently, like the kitchen. Chaos in these areas can add unnecessary stress to an already demanding move. To tackle your kitchen items efficiently, consider grouping them in boxes and follow the same sorting process as you did with the storage boxes. This preliminary organization will not only make decluttering smoother but will also benefit any professional movers you hire, saving you time and money on the move. I highly recommend relying on these experts for packing, as their expertise ensures a seamless transition and minimizes the risk of damage.

Set Realistic Goals

Staying on track during your decluttering journey requires setting achievable goals for yourself. Whether it's tackling a specific number of boxes each week or dedicating a set amount of time to decluttering daily, establishing objectives will provide structure and motivation. Remember, decluttering your space may take time, but the results will be worth it. Rome wasn't built in a day, and a smooth move is worth the effort.

Ask for Help When Needed

If you find yourself struggling or need additional assistance during the decluttering process, don't hesitate to seek help! I am always available to offer support and guidance in decluttering, organizing, and preparing for a move. Sometimes, having a professional's perspective can make all the difference in achieving your decluttering goals effectively. Don't let pride or fear hold you back from seeking the support you need to make your move smooth and hassle-free.


While decluttering and preparing for a move may seem overwhelming, the right approach and expert advice can turn the process into a manageable and rewarding experience.

Remember to...

  • take it one box at a time

  • prioritize frequently used spaces

  • set realistic goals to keep yourself on track

Don't hesitate to seek professional help when needed, as it can significantly simplify the entire process. By implementing these strategies, you can create a clutter-free, organized living space that promotes a sense of tranquility and positivity as you begin this exciting new chapter in your life. Happy decluttering and best of luck with your move!

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