Hoarding Help and Moving Tips
Updated: May 1
Are you "Under Pressure" from all that stuff in your house? Well, "Don't Stop Believing" because RestorePros can help you clean up the mess!
"We Care a Lot" and know it's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it and with "Every Breath You Take" we will get rid of "That Smell."
No more "Living on a Prayer" or in the trash and unwanted stuff. Just "take on me" and our team will have you "Walking on Sunshine" and reclaiming your house "Love Shack" in no time. You'll swear by the time we're finished it will be almost like "Heaven" or at least a great place to call home.
Now that we have the 80's music established, let's work on getting you prepared for hoarding cleanup or a new move.
Step 1: Make a plan
The first step is to make a plan. How long do you have to move and clean? Is it something you can handle by yourself? What's your budget? Does your new place have appliances or will you need to move your current ones? All the info gathered in this step tells you your essentials for the move and can help determine what items can be labeled as clutter. The name of the game is minimalist moving, so the more we can get rid of, the better.
Step 2: Determine the amount of clutter
Next, determine how much stuff you have to go through. At RestorePros we often deal with large amounts of items due to years of Hoarding. If you have been hoarding, it may be worth it to hire a professional company to help you sort through your items and get your home in order or help you pack. A professional company will assist you in the following recommended steps/. Although not always needed, some levels of clutter require additional help to keep the home owner from being overwhelmed.
Once you make a determination on your level of clutter, it's time to start going through everything.
Step 3: Declutter
We recommend beginning in your most cluttered room and start going through items. Take this opportunity to go Cobra Kai and show no mercy on the items. Our goal here is simple, get rid of as many things as possible.
Has it been more than a year since you used an item? Has it been a while since you've worn this item of clothing? If the answer is yes, get rid of it! Remember, the more we get rid of now, the less we spend on packing supplies.
Starting small can snowball and before you know it, you have tons of items you no longer use. It may be difficult to part with items, but remember that someone else may find a use for them instead of sitting in your closet.
Step 4: Do I throw it all away?
One of the big things we do at RestorePros is donating usable items. If you declutter and have items you think others can use, we recommend donating. Pick out one or two charities and see if they provide pickup of items. If not, the Salvation Army or Goodwill are great places to give your decluttered items new life.
If time permits, you may even be able to have a garage sale to sell some of your unused items. This could be a great way to get some extra money to help with the move or cleaning.
Step 5: Label everything
Save yourself time while unpacking and make sure to label every box. Odds are, friends, family, or professional movers will be helping you move boxes. Putting room names on each box is a great way to streamline the unpacking process.