Automated home 2.0 – #01 The Pre-Move Sort, Sell, Salvage, Purge & pack

So we’ve moved out. Back when the Automated home went up up for sale we got straight into cleared all the detritus we had accumulated over the last 20 years. Here’s a quick look back at how we managed the process.


We’re taking this opportunity to try to decrease the clutter so we won’t be bringing much with us to the new house. once we recognized which items we did want to keep, everything else pretty much fitted into one of these three categories – 1. SELL, 2. CHARITY, or 3.RECYCLE.


It’s amazing the amount of crap we had, especially in our loft, but also unexpected how much of it we were able to sell. many of the big items like furniture sold easily on Gumtree, the rest went onto eBay where we were equally successful.

It can be a bit uncomfortable noting so much stuff, but the much more you put in to your ads the much more possibility you have of selling. Make sure to use plenty of photos and include measurements for the larger items.

I’ve always saved the boxes for my gadgets (much to my better half’s frustration) but 9 times out of 10 this makes for an simpler sale. Here’s the Pronto TSU9600 ready to sell, packed back in its box that’s been sitting in our loft because 2007!


We sent a lot to local charity shops too. Don’t send them rubbish though, only items that someone may still find useful. Some shops were fussy about taking electrical goods while others took them no problem.

We have a terrific local recycling centre and as long as you sort your items before leaving home (Metal, Wood, Cardboard, Electrical, waste etc) then it’s a doddle to offload once you arrive. Our poor Nissan leaf turned into a van for a few months back in the summer (another string to this remarkable electric bow).


Once that cathartic purge was completed it was time to organise everything that was left into some kind of order.

I have been using these really helpful 35L stackable boxes for years now and I got some much more to complete the task. I have boxes, for example, for Power Leads, PC Stuff, AV stuff and Network stuff (basically a lot of stuff). I also purchased a few with these dividers which are optimal for things like sorting and storing my batteries.

Clearing the rechargeables out of the evohome system, all the remote controls, wireless sensors and other gadgets around the house has left me with a substantial amount of cells. I never understood how numerous I have. I took the opportunity to test everything (using this outstanding Liitokala Lii-500 battery charger) so I could weed out any that had reached the end of their life. In the end only a handful were bad and these went to the recycling centre too.


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We have a useful source for empty cardboard boxes and we were able to pack many of our stuff in these. The main other items we needed were bubble wrap and copious amounts of brown tape.

After experimenting with writing the contents on boxes we chose it wasn’t a terrific system. Time for a Google Spreadsheet. We printed off numbers on sticky paper (4 to an A4 sheet) and put them on the 4 sides of each carton. Here’s a photo of us starting to build the boxes into storage.

We then recorded in the spreadsheet what was in each box. now if we need anything we can do a easy text search to find out what box it’s in.

We had a brand new corner sofa, purchased to help dress out the house for sale, but also in a style we knew would work in the new place. We purchased some heavy plastic from a local agricultural supplies place and laid it out across the whole room. It looked like a scene from Dexter, but we got it wrapped well for storage.

Finally we borrowed a van and did the relocation completely ourselves. This was over several evenings and a couple of half days and I had the help of a couple of strapping young lads too. In the end we saved around £400 by going the diy relocation route. and hey, my back ought to have recovered sometime before Christmas!

Remember to check out our Instagram to follow the project, read the rest of the Automated home 2.0 blog messages and find the links to all the products we’ve used inAz önépítésünk.

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