Moving can be stressful, and if you are trying to pack and move a cluttered, unorganized space, it can become even more overwhelming. It is crucial to take action on things to eliminate some of that stress. It is important to know how to clean and organize before you move and make sure that your house is as clean as possible and you have decluttered before the packing begins. 

Organize Clothing

We have all, at some point, cleaned out our closet and found things that you may have forgotten that you ever owned. When moving to a new home, it is helpful and more cost-effective when there are less personal belongings that have to be transported. When starting to organize your closet, it helps to begin with two piles of clothes, “keep” and “donate.” At the end of this process, try packing up seasonal clothing that is not needed at the time in organized boxes. Labeling boxes is key to be able to locate things quickly. 

Organize Kitchen

Having an organized kitchen is helpful during the packing process. There are many fragile dishware and appliances in the kitchen, and when packing the most fragile items in your house, you may prefer to take care of that yourself instead of the moving company. Another way to clean and organize before you move is to clean out your pantry and freezer. Like with clothing, the less you have, the less you have to transport. Start by organizing your pantry. Check expiration dates and donate or throw out items you know you will not use. When it comes to food items in the kitchen, whether in the pantry or refrigerator, try using those products up before moving day arrives. 


As moving day approaches, there are some highly effective ways to clean and organize before you move. If you are hiring a moving company to pack your belongings, having “like things” all in one place will make the packing process easier on the crew and will create a more organized unpacking process. Creating a box for the essentials or last-minute items will allow you to have a clear mindset regarding the things that can be packed now and packed later. It is often not thought of, but having a box designated for things like toiletries and other items you will need until the move and on the first night when moving into a new home will make that first night more comfortable. Not being able to find your soap, toothbrush, and towels will only leave you frustrated when you’re already exhausted!

Cleaning Your Home

You may be wondering, why should I clean before all of my furniture and belongings are out of the house? Whether you are hiring a moving company or not, eliminating some of the stress, having your home clean and organized will allow you to move more freely about the house to pack more efficiently. After things like guest bathrooms and bedrooms are packed, you can clean these rooms to get ahead of the cleaning needed after the house is empty. With people coming in and out of the house, it is essential to keep things clean and sanitized. This will allow you and the moving crew to feel safe and comfortable. Plus, the movers should not have to worry about how dirty things are before packing them. It will only slow the process down.

Donate and Sell

Part of organizing is decluttering, and that likely means there are things you need to donate or sell. Donating is a great way to give back and benefits both parties. Selling items is another way to clean and organize before you move. If you will be downsizing your space, this may be essential. Selling furniture before you move is a great way to increase the budget for your new home’s décor and furnishings. With so many resources out there for you to donate/sell to, it makes the experience pretty simple. 

Ready To Move? 

S&M Moving Systems is a full-service moving company with locations in California and Arizona. Helping families move since 1918, our experienced professionals will help minimize your time and stress while offering the most complete full-service relocation in the industry. Whether you are moving across town or across the globe, our professional moving teams are efficient and will keep your move on schedule. Visit our website to see a full list of our moving services or to schedule a quote