Can you hear that? It’s the sound of old football sticker albums hitting the scrap heap. It’s the sound of the once used, now rusty pasta maker meeting its own maker (the bin). But more than anything, it’s the sound of heart strings being tugged across the land, as items of sentimental value are thrown away. Instead, turn it into a tune of decluttering clarity, with a simple, methodical approach. Here’s how to play it right; our 5 IDEAL tips for clearing out the clutter when you move house.

GIVE YOURSELF TIME

Foresight is a valuable thing. Combine it with a much needed ruthless streak, and this whole process of shedding a little domestic weight might not be so difficult after all. So, start the decluttering process at least two months before you move to get yourself well and truly ahead.

If you’ve been living somewhere for 10 years, do you really think you’re going to be able to get through all the things you’ve accumulated the weekend before moving day? Such a clearout is a process, and requires a little-by-little approach to prevent it from becoming overwhelming.

GET RID OF ITEMS BEFORE YOU MOVE (NOT AFTER)

It makes no sense to bring clutter with you. There’s the packing it away, the transporting it, and the unpacking, only to realise you’ve no space for it in your new crib and it’s surplus to requirements anyway. Then, there’s another trip to the skip to make. Negate the need for all these redundant extra journeys and that superfluous weight by being completely ruthless before you move. Every step of the moving process will be easier and lighter for it.

DOES THE ITEM BRING YOU JOY?

If you’ve been binging on tidy guru Marie Kondo’s YouTube channel, then you’ll know that unless an item sparks joy in your heart, you should let go of it. Nope, not disrespectfully throw it in the bin. But rather, carefully consider each item, hold it close to you, and see if you envisage a future together. If you don’t, then it’s best to bid a kind and gentle farewell to that particular culprit of clutter and move on. Yep, the KonMari method, as its known, can certainly help here.

HAVE A CARBOOT SALE OR DONATE TO THE CHARITY SHOP

Sustainability and a deep regard for our environmental impact has never been more vital. Simply commiting items to landfill in the name of a clearout, in the current climate, can feel pretty callous and irresponsible. Instead, embrace what some have coined a ‘circular’ attitude to goods, and donate anything and everything you can to a charity shop or sell it on at a carboot sale. In doing so, you’ll reduce the demand for new stuff. We know it’s only a small gesture, but every little helps, right?

GET PROFESSIONAL HELP

Or, you could commit to doing things in reverse. Instead of decluttering, and throwing stuff away, you could only pack up the items you need for moving and leave the rest to a professional home clearing service. This is basically a declutter, but in reverse, with a dedicated company doing the hard work of physically moving the stuff, as well as finding a legal way of disposing of it. Most London house clearance service providers will give a quote based on your unique needs, and can also deal with gardens and garages, for an extra fee, of course. The nuclear approach, some might say, but we did say it was high time to be cutthroat.