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Five top tips to declutter for retirement

Moving home during retirement can often mean downsizing to a smaller property and with that comes the dilemma of choosing what to keep and what to get rid of.

For some this is an exciting time to get rid of all that junk you have in the loft and tidy up, for others, it’s a little more sentimental than that.

It’s important to remember that downsizing doesn’t have to be the end of an era where you are forced to leave behind much-loved items. Downsizing is a new beginning, a fresh restart with everything you need and love most.

With that said, it can be fairly overwhelming process, that’s why we’ve pulled together five top tips to make the decluttering part a stress-free experience:


1. Start as soon as possible

If possible, start going through possessions at least three months before you move and if you want to be prepared, try and do this even earlier. We’d recommend not underestimating the magnitude of this task – especially if you have lived in the current property for many years.

It can be a tiring process so set yourself a specific time limit on each room and don’t let items pile up in other rooms around the house.

Giving yourself plenty of time to declutter will allow you to pace yourself and will help make thoughtful and intentional decluttering decisions.


2. Be systematic

Don’t move something you aren’t sure you want to keep. When decluttering, ask yourself when did I last wear/ use this item? If it isn’t within the last three weeks – it can probably be left behind.

One way to help decide what to keep is to get the dimensions of the new space you’re moving into and develop a floor plan. This will allow you to see what is going to fit and help make a vision for the space when deciding what furniture to bring and what pieces to eliminate.

The key is to be realistic - if you’re moving to a smaller space remember that you will not be able to fit everything you currently have.

3. Know your schedule and keep at it

Decluttering an entire house can feel overwhelming. Instead, break it down into smaller, more manageable parts. If you’re not looking to move straight away, start by setting aside 15 minutes once a week to do some de-cluttering, even if it is just a drawer.

By focusing on one room at a time, you can keep a more organized and focused plan to help you filter through the things you want to keep and the things you want to get rid of.

4. Consider involving family/friends

Why not get someone else to help you make the tougher decisions? Or even just for another pair of eyes? Decluttering can be an emotional time especially when you have memories with items you will be leaving behind.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You might have a family member or friend who is willing and able. If not, there are professionals available to hire and help you through the process.

5. Reach out to a professional

It is normal to feel overwhelmed by the decluttering and downsizing process. If you are feeling like this, why not seek expert help? There is a host of professional organisational experts who will be able to help make the decluttering process a walk in the park. A quick google search and we are sure many in your local area will pop up.

The Walled Garden in St Andrew’s believes that a new home should be full of happy memories right from the start. That’s why we offer an Assisted Move package which is designed to take away some of the worries and stress of moving to your new home.

Key features include:

  • Reduced reservation fee of £350
  • Free market appraisal of your existing home
  • Expert help to sell your home within 90 days
  • Home Report costs reimbursed on completion

And that’s not all - we’ll include carpets and white goods too.

Apartments at The Walled Gardens combine contemporary yet timeless style with modern convenience and have been designed keeping in mind that your needs may change in the future.

Thinking of moving to St Andrews? Contact Thorntons on 01334 474200 to arrange a viewing appointment or visit: