How to Avoid a Huge Mess When You Move Out

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Moving can be a hugely time consuming, stressful task to undertake, but when you have to do it, you simply have to do it. There’s tons of things to get taken care of – you need to sort and pack all the items you’ve accumulated over the years, arrange plans with movers and utility companies, pack, unpack, put away all your things in your new home – and there’s tons more.


With all these tasks taking up your mind, it’s likely that you’ve forgotten one of the key tasks for moving – house cleaning! To avoid extra charges – and to be a courteous person – you need to clean your house thoroughly before you leave. To help make things much easier, we’re put together a list of tasks that you need to complete before leaving your old home. Good luck!


What you’re doing to need : Trash bags, old newspapers, all-purpose cleaner, dish detergent, scrubbing sponges, a vacuum cleaner, a mop, a broom/dustpan, rubber gloves. cleaning rags, toilet cleaner, and all purpose eraser.



First empty all the cabinets and take out their internal liners. Wipe down all the inside surfaces with a wet cloth.

Clean the oven stove, and microwave, removing all burnt food or grease. Make sure to clean underneath the drip pans, as well as the counter top, sink, and plumbing fixtures.

Take out the refrigerator shelves and let them soak in the sink while you wash the inside with a scrubbing sponge and soap. Wipe the inside dry, wash the shelves, dry them, and place them back inside. Make sure to remember to sweep below the fridge as well.



Empty bathroom closets and take out the internal liners. Scrub the shower, shower walls, tub, sink, and counter with an all purpose cleaner. Use a heavy brush or toothbrush on grout. Clean the toilet completely. Spray the mirror with glass cleaner and wipe clean. Mop the floor.


The rest of the house

Clean windows with a mixture of 50% tap water and 50% distilled water, and wipe clean with a rag. If windows have stubborn dirt, use soapy water before the water mixture. Wipe down windowsills.

Remove all nails or hooks that you’ve placed in walls, and fill them with putty (commonly found at hardware stores.) Use the magic eraser to take off any scuff marks, but make sure to test it first on a small surface to ensure that it doesn’t directly remove the paint from the walls.

Clean window blinds with a rag and a cleaning solution, or vinegar.

Check for any dead insects that could be on lighting fixtures or fans. Wipe down closet shelves, and remove any cobwebs from the walls or ceiling.

Lastly, vacuum and mop any tiled or hardwood floors.


Last Minute Questions

Ask yourself these questions right before leaving.

  • Did you take the trash out?

  • Did you take photos (with time stamps) to prove documentation of the condition of your house when you’re moving out? (This is useful in case the landlord files false damage claims later on.)

  • Are your closets empty?

  • Did you return your key to the landlord?

  • Did you tell your neighbors you’re moving?

  • Do all the electrical appliances work properly?


If you don’t want to get all dirty, you should consider hiring a cleaning service before leaving. Just remember that this pre-move-out cleaning is an absolute essential if you want to get your security deposit back from your landlord. By following the above rules, you can see to it that your landlord is satisfied.


De-Cluttering Before You Move


Decluttering a single room is a hard enough of an effort; now just imagine having to declutter your entire home. Regardless of how far you’re moving – whether it’s across town or across the country – the thorough decluttering of your entire home isn’t exactly ever a fast moving affair.


According to experts, moving is a fantastic time for a fresh start – regarding personal space – as you have the opportunity to start in a new space without extra baggage. By modifying the amount of stuff that you keep in your space – and how it’s organized – you can vastly expand your space. Take initial steps by establishing limits in terms of how you’re going to use the space – only pack what can fit in it. Beyond this thinking, you can absolutely improve your home’s space by utilizing the following decluttering tips.

Tip One – Get an Early Start

Figure out the amount of space you’ll have in advance – before you pack. If you start the packing process already knowing exactly the amount of stuff that fits, you’ll see that your stuff can be organized into two clean sections – whatever fits, and whatever you need to get rid of.


Tip Two – Take Measurement

Bookshelves and storage spaces so you know the exact amount of volume it can fit. This is never an arbitrary limit – rather it’s an objective limit set by whatever space you’re moving into. By taking measurements of the footage of the space as well as the furniture that you want to bring, and detailing it on graph paper, you can have a fantastic visual scale that can help you plan out what you want to bring.


Tip Three- Number Everything

Number the rooms that you’re moving into. Label boxes according to the number of the room that you want it’s contents delivered to – and tape up the room number by the doors of the corresponding rooms. This way, if you’re using movers, they’ll know exactly where to move the stuff. If you’ve already packed for the space you’re moving into you can unpack as you go, saving a great deal of time.


Tip Four – Mindful Packing

Most people usually leave packing to the last second, and don’t correctly estimate how many belongings they have inside their house. When faced, at the last minute, these people resort to packing everything as opposed to mindfully packing – disposing of whatever you want to donate or throw away as the process goes on. This ends up giving you more work later on, when you’re unpacking, and when you need to store the pounds upon pounds that you rarely use somewhere on your new property.

When packing in a rush, utilize what’s called the “Bottom Third Rule” – think of it this way. The clothing that you use most is likely at the tops of your drawers, where you first place it when it’s clean. Most likely, the bottom layer of clothing in drawers is used the least of all your clothes. It’s also likely that you may want to donate most of that clothing – so when eliminating clutter in a rush, check out the lower levels of clothing within drawers or cubbies first.