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Throwing out before you move out – why now is the perfect time to de-clutter

19th February 2018

When you’re in the midst of a move it’s likely the last thing you want to do is start sifting through unwanted belongings – or worse still be forced to de-clutter whilst you unpack at your new property. If you’re considering selling up and moving on, now is the best time to clear out and get rid before you relocate.

A clean and tidy house is more attractive to buyers

One key piece of advice estate agents often have for sellers involves the look and feel of a property. When it comes to viewings presentation is everything, and there’s nothing buyers hate more than clutter. It clouds their judgement, lowers the aesthetic appeal of your property and can make rooms feel small and pokey rather than bright and airy. For this reason it’s a good idea to turn your attention to thoroughly de-cluttering your home before you put it on the market – this way, you won’t have to rush around at the last minute organising everything or clearing up prior to each viewing. If you’re short on time or are struggling to know what to keep and what to discard, storage services from Johnsons could provide short-term relief.

De-cluttering now saves time and money later on

De-cluttering can be time consuming – especially if you’ve lived in your property for a while. There could be years – decades, even – of stuff that needs to be sorted and removed or safely stored away ready for your relocation. As you’ll be packing everything up anyway, now is a sensible time to consider what you’d like to keep and what you could live without. Move from room to room to retain focus and structure – starting with small items in cupboards and boxes before looking at larger items, electronic goods and furniture.

Move on and move in without excess baggage

One of the most exciting things about moving into a new home is the opportunity it presents for a fresh start – a clean slate emotionally and physically. Although the memories of your old home will naturally come along with you, bringing old, broken or useless items is likely to affect the look and feel of your new property. William Morris famously advised to ‘have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe it be beautiful.’ Keep this is mind and be ruthless. If you haven’t used, worn or looked at something in a while, it’s time to say goodbye. If you’re holding on to an item because of its sentimental value, consider creative ways to display it in your new home so that you can enjoy it every day.

At Johnsons we specialise in removals and storage – so we can offer the best of both worlds if you’re struggling to make up your mind. Where an upcoming move simply can’t be delayed, storage could offer a cost-effective and easy short-term solution. Click here to read about our simple storage solution.



You did everything that we asked. We have used Johnsons 3 times in the past 2 years and have always found them professional and the removal guys really friendly and courteous.

Mr & Mrs Green, Cheshire

An excellent service carried out by people who cared. Right through from quotation to move into storage and back out again.

Mr Wyatt, Coventry

Very impressed with the service offered from beginning to end. Overall, very good value for money.

Mr & Mrs Langman, Wilmslow

Everything was done very well and to our satisfaction.

Dr & Mrs Cowell, Northwich

I send my deepest appreciation for the hard work and polite good spirits not to mention speed with which the men did their job. Many thanks to them and your firm for another successful and minimal street move. I wouldn’t hesitate to use you again.

Mrs Haselhurst, Warrington

Everything went very well, the move was brilliant. Any comment would be I lost my snake and the guys wouldn’t help look for him as they were scared (he has been found now).

Mr & Mrs Obbard, Llanerchymedd

Very helpful with what turned out to be a very difficult move. The movers were great, helpful, friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them.

Dr Millard, Buxton

Thank you for packing us up and moving us into our new home.
Everyone was brilliant, friendly, professional and funny. Most stress free move I’ve ever had and I’ve done quite a few house moves.

Mrs Kirlew

With all best wishes and again my appreciation for your most courteous and helpful attention throughout my association with Johnsons.

A pleasurable experience from start to finish.

Aurea Elizabeth Saunders
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