Helping someone move out of a house is very rarely fun. You take up a whole day lugging heavy boxes and furniture out of the house and down stairs. It’s a job that’s hard to stay positive through, especially if the person you’re helping is a pack rat.

Whether they’re indecisive about throwing things away, a collector, or just a straight up hoarder, moving them out of a house can be a daunting task that can take hours. Here are some tips to get the process moving along faster.


When pack rats have been storing and collecting things over the years, getting them moved will take more than just a couple of hours and a dozen boxes. Even if they’re only renting a small apartment, the amount of stuff they can pack in there can surprise you. Make sure you have plenty of time to sort through everything, you might even need a week. You’ll also need to make sure you bring enough garbage bags, disposable gloves, disinfectant, and boxes for the whole project.

Remember Their Feelings

While you might look at the masses of junk that your friend has packed away, remember that they are probably a bit embarrassed by the mess, or even a little upset at the idea of getting rid of some of their things. Remember that you agreed to help and remember not to treat their stuff like garbage. Have patience, and work through each room, and try to see things from their point of view.

Have a Declutter Plan

There will be a lot of stuff around the house that isn’t actually needed anymore, but it might be hard for the owner to part with these things forever. Try to ease this process by donating some of their items instead of just throwing them out. The process of going through everything can be difficult but getting rid of unnecessary clutter will make moving out easier.

Have a Plan of Attack

Once you’ve got all your supplies ready it’s time to tackle the mess. Having a plan of action in place can seriously cut down the time you’re working, as well as lower the physical and emotional strain. Try having different areas for different things, a pile for things that are being donated, a pile for trash and pile of things to keep.

Once you’ve got a place for everything, start in a room and work your way through it then move to the next one. Grab a large plastic bin or a sturdy laundry basket to help you move things quickly and easily to their proper destination. Keep in mind that this is the most time-consuming part of this whole process, and probably the most stressful.

Once you’ve got everything sorted out, throw out the trash, pack up the keep pile and donate what’s left. Remember to stay patient and understanding and hopefully you’ll get through the move quickly!

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