How to Empty your Home Before a Move

Have a plan when getting rid of old things!


Selling the family home can be a bittersweet endeavor. Sure, you’re excited about moving forward with the next stage of your life, but letting go of a lifetime’s worth of personal belongings in order to move to a smaller space, can leave you confused at best, and paralyzed by indecision at worst. 

 Jill Sackler


It’s not so easy to pare down to the essentials. Our souvenirs occupy a big place in our heart.  We count on them to help us remember and, sometimes, fear that letting go will mean, pretty soon, our memories will cease to exist altogether.



My experience with helping people through this challenging and emotional process has shown me that a successful transition will result from adhering to a very structured plan. Organization is the key to a positive downsizing experience. Decluttering is the immediate goal.


Tips for Sorting:

  •     Use Post-Its to assign furniture, etc. to family members and good friends
  •     Identify what you may want to sell on eBay or at an auction
  •     Earmark donations to charity
  •     Rent storage (if necessary)
  •     Shred sensitive documents
  •     Get a dumpster for remaining trash
  •     Call a painting/spackling contractor
  •     Arrange for a cleaning service; leave broom clean as per contract
  •     Shut down utilities
  •     Make pet arrangement i.e., board your pet for a day or two before & after
  •     moving to minimize change in behavior due to a strange environment
  •     Make shipping arrangements, if moving out of the country



*Well-known charities with local numbers:

  1. Big Brothers                               631.234.0000
  2. Salvation Army                          800.728.7825
  3. Vietnam Vets                              631.582.0242
  4. Chabad JCC, Queens, NY          718.441.2470 x 1 
  5. Society of St. Vincent DePaul  631.858.0380,  631.385.1226


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Jill Sackler, NYS Real Estate Broker Associate based on Long Island's South Shore

Sunny Isles, Fl 



     Specializing in Lifecycle Real Estate Transitions

"When your family doesn't fit your family home, I can help."




©Jill Sackler 2010


Comment balloon 8 commentsJill Sackler • March 17 2019 01:26PM


Funny you should write this post Jill, I am emotionally attached to everything:) Diane on the other hand is the throw away queen so it is a constant battle she throws stuff away get the idea:)Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 1 year ago

Hi Endre Barath, Jr.  I have exactly the same scenario in my household. I do quite a bit of throwing away myself.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 1 year ago

Decluttering needs to have a plan in order to accomplish your goals

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 1 year ago

It can be a process. And like a process, it needs some kind of system to be able to do the whole thing successfully. 

Posted by Leif Price, Blogger at Chirpy Home (Chirpy Home) over 1 year ago

Good morning Jill and glad to see you again. This is focused and specific. Well done.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 1 year ago

Sheila Anderson Thank you. I did take quite a break.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 1 year ago

Jill Sackler - This was a good post. It's worth repeating. So many people struggle with getting started and not having a plan.

Today and always I wish you good health, happiness, and hearty laughter. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 4 months ago

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker 4 months ago

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