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How to declutter before moving house

Written by Ashley Blake
When packing up your kitchen, it’s important to make sure that you’re only packing edible food. Check all of your packet pantry items, sauces, cans and bottles and throw away anything that is expired or past its best before date. There’s no point packing food items that you’re just going to throw away at the other end.

Out of date bathroom items
Make sure you carefully check all bathroom items before you pack them and throw away anything that’s past its used by date. Most cosmetics and bathroom items will have a symbol on the packaging that looks like a jar with an open lid. The symbol will have a number on it followed by an ‘m’. So if it says 12m that means it’s okay to use for 12 months after you’ve open it. Tip: If you can’t remember when you opened a product and you don’t use it regularly, you should throw it away.

Redundant paper work
According to the Australian Taxation Department, you should keep the last seven years of your payment slips, bank statements and tax return documents. The rest can go, but if you’re too nervous to do that you can electronically scan them and keep them as digital copies instead. You’re unlikely to need a folder full of payment slips from a job you had ten years ago.

Out of date magazines and newspapers
Magazines and newspapers tend to breed so it’s important to take any opportunity you can to have a decent clear out. Get rid of anything that’s over a month old and anything you’ve already read. If there’s an article you want to keep, scan it or take a photo of it on your smartphone. Magazines and newspapers take up a lot of physical space that they really don’t need to.

Anything that is broken
If there are any items in your home that have been broken for longer than six months, it’s time to throw them away. If you haven’t taken the time to get it fixed in the last few months you need to get it fixed immediately, or get rid of it.

Your mending pile
The same rule applies to your mending pile. If you’ve had a basket full of clothes that need mending that have been in your laundry for years, donate them to charity. If the items were essential, you would have mended them before now.

DVDs, CDs, cassette tapes and video tapes
If you no longer have a VCR, tape deck, CD player or DVD player then you have no need for video tapes, cassette tapes, CDs and DVDs. If you have any important memories or occasions recorded, have a back up made of the recording and have it stored digitally on an external hard drive. You can do this with your movies and music that are stored on discs as well so you don’t need to store bookshelves full of entertainment that you never use.

Spent kitchenware
If you have a cupboard full of plastic containers that are unusable or baking trays that are beyond cleaning, now is the perfect time to throw them away. Ditch anything you no longer use or anything that has worn out from years of use as well as any appliances that no longer work.


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