Do you have a move in the near future? Spring cleaning before moving can make things less stressful when the time comes to pack all your belongings in to boxes. Following these tips now will make for an easier move later.
I’m not here to tell you how to wash your windows, scrub your walls, clean out your fireplace or any of the other multitude of deep cleaning tasks that are necessary for every household. If you need info on that…Google it. *wink*
However, Spring Cleaning for the transient household is a lot different than those of families who intend to live in the same location year after year.
Hubby and I have moved 13 times in 12 years. That does not include the 18 months that we spent living in our tiny motor home traveling full-time to raise financial support to be here.
13 times. More than once a year.
Before our last big move we lived in one apartment for 17 months and that was a record for us.
We will only be taking a few suitcases back to the states with us with the absolute essentials. Things that are actually in good enough repair after four years of heavy use. Things that will work on American electricity systems. Things that will fit in a tiny motor home.
So, even though it’s only March and we aren’t moving until the beginning of November, my Spring Cleaning reflects the fact that we won’t be here next winter. Or the winter after that. Or…well, you get the point.
With that in mind, I’ve put together a small list of things to think of when spring cleaning before moving.
Spring Cleaning Before Moving
Cleaning Before Moving Seasonal Items
- Instead of storing all your sweaters, boots, coats, scarves, mittens, etc. take a long hard look at them and decide if they are really worth the cost of moving them. If they are wearing thin, color worn, unclean able, won’t fit the hand-me-down kid any time soon, then it may just be better to give them to the donation pile now. Bonus, it will clear up storage space.
- Go through the hand-me-down boxes. If you are anything like me, you save those clothes from one kid to the next and after *ahem* 11 years you have amassed an entire thrift store worth of clothes. I have actually found this to be a major stressor on our family. The kids feel like they have so many clothes that they don’t take care of them. Wadded up on the floor, under beds, used as napkins…sigh. Again, like the winter clothes, take a good look at them. Are there stains, holes, or rips? Are they stretched out? Do your kids just not like that style? Did you last child whine every time you told them to wear the outfit because it was too itchy, too tight for its length, etc? Should it have stayed in the decade that it was created in? *grin*
- If you have seasonal drapes, blankets, rugs consider their condition as well. Moving costs money and these are heavy, bulky items. It might be cheaper just to buy a replacement when the time comes rather than to move them.
- Christmas decorations: Do you love them? Do you use them? Will you still love them after not using them for a while?
Cleaning Before Moving Odds & Ends
- Knick knacks: Do they have long lasting design value? Or will you be sick of looking at them two months after the move? Are you already sick of looking at them?
- Items of sentimental value that should be kept safe: If you are planning multiple moves it may be better to give them a secure place in storage rather than chancing the moves. We have all of our wedding photos, baby photos (before digital was cheap), and all of those things safely stored in my in-laws storage room. It didn’t make sense to drag them back and forth across the ocean and the U.S. They are as safe as they can be.
- Office equipment: Will it work on the electricity system where you are moving or would you need to buy a costly power converter? If things will be put in storage, are they in good condition to withstand the time of non-use?
Cleaning Before Moving- In the kitchen
- Look at your small appliances. Do you actually use them on a regular basis? Get rid of anything that doesn’t have a regular use in your kitchen routines. Is it damaged and on its last leg? If it’s worth it, get it repaired before moving, so that you don’t have to think about it later. Otherwise, get rid of it.
- Pots, pans, cookie sheets, cake pans, muffin tins, etc: Are the non-stick surfaces badly damaged? Did someone use a metal utensil in those lovely pots? Do you use them regularly? If you only make quiche once a year, the pan might not be worth the move.
- Dishes & glasses: Are you missing significant amounts of the sets due to breakage?
Cleaning Before Moving-In the bathroom
- Are your towels thread bare?
- Shower curtains years out of style?