When it comes to preparing for a move, one of the most notoriously difficult rooms in the home to declutter and pack is the kitchen. Over time, it's easy to accumulate more than what you need in your kitchen, whether it be excessive dinnerware or even small kitchen appliances that you never use. By taking the time to declutter your kitchen before your upcoming move, you can make things a lot easier on yourself and get off to a fresh start in your new place.

Start With the Top Shelves

The top shelves of your kitchen cabinets are where you probably tend to toss things that don't get used often. Therefore, this is a good place to start because you'll likely be able to get rid of a lot of clutter at once, which can be encouraging. Label three boxes: sell, donate, and toss. For each item you don't need, choose an appropriate box. So long as the item isn't damaged, broken, or excessively dirty (like that chipped and permanently stained coffee mug), try to sell or donate it as opposed to throwing it away.

Consider Delegating Tasks

If you're feeling overwhelmed, consider delegating tasks to family members or other trusted loved ones. This is a great way to speed up the process, so long as everybody has an understanding of what you want to keep, donate, sell, and throw away. Keep in mind, however, that delegating tasks can be counter-productive if you're working with a very small kitchen space.

Set Ground Rules for Small Appliances

If you're like many people, you've accumulated all kinds of small kitchen appliances that you rarely use--such as that portable deep fryer, the waffle maker, or even that pasta maker that you never use. Set ground rules for getting rid of these appliances and follow them. For example, if you haven't used them in the past year, it goes in the donate or sell pile. Small appliances can take up a lot of space in moving boxes, so the fewer you have to pack, the easier your move will be.

Set Aside Duplicates

You're bound to run into duplicate items as you declutter your kitchen. Set aside duplicate items in groups before deciding which you can afford to get rid of. For example, do you really need six of the same sized spatula? More than likely, you can stand to part with a couple of them. You might be surprised by what difference getting rid of just a few duplicate items here and there can have when it comes to your upcoming move.

For assistance with the move, talk to professionals like Quality Movers.