10 Tips for Decluttering Your Home Before a Junk Removal Service Arrives

The Comprehensive Guide to Decluttering Your Home Before Junk Removal Services Arrive

Woman organising through her cluttered house. - Swann Rubbish Removal
Woman organising through her cluttered house. – Swann Rubbish Removal

Embarking on a junk removal journey is more than just a cleaning task; it’s a transformative experience for your living space and mental well-being.

Inspired by Swann Rubbish Removal’s eco-conscious ethos, this guide aims to provide you with an exhaustive strategy for decluttering your home before the professionals arrive.

We also offer an expert insight by Kanne Smith, founder of SRR, with each tip.

The Three-Pile Strategy:

The first step in decluttering is sorting your belongings into three categories: ‘Keep’, ‘Donate’, and ‘Discard’.

This method is effective because it forces you to make immediate decisions, cutting down on procrastination.

Expert Insight: Use coloured bins or labels to easily distinguish between the piles.

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Sentimental Items:

Preserving memories without cluttering your space can be a challenge. Consider scanning old photos and documents to create digital albums. Alternatively, use a dedicated box for small keepsakes like ticket stubs or letters.
Expert Insight: Limit the number of items in your memory box to avoid emotional clutter.

Time Management:

Decluttering is a time-consuming process. Allocate specific time slots to ensure you give it the attention it deserves. Whether it’s dedicating half a day over the weekend or spending an hour each evening, consistency is key.
Expert Insight: Use a timer to keep track and take short breaks to avoid burnout.

Donating and Selling:

Items in good condition should be given a second life. Local charities often have specific needs, so check their websites for details. Alternatively, platforms like eBay offer an easy way to sell items.
Expert Insight: Use social media to find local buy-and-sell groups for quicker transactions.

Hazardous Waste:

Certain items like batteries and chemical cleaners require special disposal methods. Many local councils offer hazardous waste collection services, and some junk removal companies handle hazardous waste.
Expert Insight: Always wear gloves and masks when handling hazardous materials.

Breaking It Down:

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The task of decluttering can be overwhelming. Tackle one room at a time or work in short bursts to make the task manageable. Celebrate small wins to keep your motivation high.
Expert Insight: Use a checklist to track your progress and maintain momentum.

Smart Storage Solutions:

Once you’ve decluttered, use smart storage solutions like boxes, baskets, and shelves to keep your remaining items organised. Consider furniture with built-in storage to maximise space.
Expert Insight: Transparent storage bins are ideal for items you rarely use but want to keep.


Decluttering before a junk removal service arrives is a transformative experience. It’s not just about making room; it’s about making space for better things—physically and emotionally.

What You Should Do Now

Ready to transform your living space? Book your junk and rubbish removal service today and experience the liberating power of a decluttered home.

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