Time for a declutter….

If you have ever thought to yourself, I need to declutter the house but never seem to find time to do it, moving to a new house is the perfect opportunity to do it! This blog is going to give you some top tips and reasons why decluttering should be one of the top things to do on your list.

  • Decluttering can impact your budget so if money is tight this could be key for you. By getting rid of unwanted items you can cut down on your removal costs, there’s no point in packing and paying for things that you don’t want in your new house to be moved. It’s also a great opportunity to sell anything you don’t need putting money back into the moving kitty. You know what they say, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure!
  • If car boot sales aren’t your thing and eBay seems like a lot of effort then how about donating your unwanted items to charity, some of the bigger charities can organise a collection from your house which will save you time during those busy last few days before you move.
  • Start with the harder things to part with, a lot of us hold onto unwanted gifts from friends or family for fear of offending them, the reality is when it comes to moving house if you don’t want it or need it then get rid of it. It can be really hard to let go of sentimental items like old school uniforms or school reports, whilst holding onto memories is important if not kept in check one box turns into ten and before you know it the loft is full of things you’ll never look at again. Parting with things like this can be an emotional time, if you start with these things you can do a little each day without becoming overwhelmed.
  • No idea how to start the process? Then just ask yourself these three questions, do I really need it, why do I need it and if I don’t need it why am I holding onto it?
  • Use the four-box method.  This is the most popular (and arguably effective) method of decluttering, label up four large boxes – keep, sell/donate, storage and throw away. Go around your house one room at a time and put everything you don’t need immediately into the right box.
  • Moving is the perfect opportunity to clean out your wardrobe too! Are you holding onto jeans that you haven’t worn in 5 years just in case you fit in them again? Get rid of them!
  • If you’re getting too close to your moving date and are still struggling to get through things, put everything that you know needs sorting into storage. It means that it’s not cluttering up your new house but also means there is still time constraint on getting things sorted out. No one wants to be paying for storage if they don’t have to.

Decluttering your house might take longer than you think, especially if you have lived there for quite a long time. As soon as you know you are moving it’s best to start the process straight away. By getting rid of all your old and unwanted items you’re freeing up space to create a brand-new style in your new home. Minimalist, modern, cosy cottage the choice is yours!

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Best Commuter Towns In Leeds

We spend so much of our time at work the last thing that we want to do is spend our valuable free time sat in traffic. That’s why we have put together this short list of some of the best commuter towns for Leeds. We’ve taken into account transport links and the time it will take you get into the city, let us know if you think we have missed anywhere of the list.

Kirkstall and Burley

If you’re desperate to escape the hustle and bustle of the city after work but not quite ready to give up all the perks that being close to the centre has to offer, then take a look and Kirkstall and Burley. Kirkstall is around 2.7 miles from the centre whereas Burley is even closer at 1.6 miles. On a usual day it shouldn’t take you any longer than 10 minutes to drive into town, however, if your office (or chosen bar) doesn’t have parking then fear not as both towns have their own train stations and excellent bus routes. Both areas have a huge range of shops, bars and restaurants though so whilst they aren’t quite as lively as the city centre you won’t feel totally out of the loop.

Horsforth

A little further afield but still within easy reach of the city, Horsforth regularly tops the best places in Yorkshire to live. It’s about a 20-25 minute drive into the centre but again there are great bus links and a train station if you would rather use public transport. Packed with great schools, restaurants and shops Horsforth is also a great choice if you have a family.

Guiseley and Menston

If total escape is what you are after then look no further than Guiseley and Menston. Both of them are around 10 miles outside of the city centre so still an easy commute via train (approx. 25 mins) or in the car (40 minutes) but their proximity to the country is the main draw for people here. Set in gorgeous rolling Yorkshire fields and dales you’d be forgiven for thinking you were miles from the city. With amenities aplenty in both towns we know where we would choose to live if we could.