What Should I get Rid of Before Moving?

A new place to live means a new chapter in your life. So why would you bring along things that you just don’t use or really don’t care about? It’s a funny predicament because we all tend to be sentimental about this and that — even when those items are truly worthless. It’s just human nature to cling onto stuff. After all, it’s yours, so why shouldn’t you take it with you? Well, that defeats the whole purpose of enjoying a fresh start. So, what should you get rid of before moving?

What Should I get Rid of Before Moving?

Whether you’ll rent or sell your current home, one thing is for sure, you really don’t need to take every single thing with you. Even if you’re entering the homeownership market for the first time, there are things you don’t need to bring along. It’s best to use the opportunity to your advantage. Purge now to move less, which will take less time and cost less money. The hard trick will be fighting the urge to replace things once you’ve moved into your new place.

Before you start packing, it’s a good idea to sort through your stuff so you don’t move things that you don’t need and have never really used. Not only will it save you time in packing and unpacking, but it will also save you money; the more stuff you have to move, the more expensive it will be. This is particularly true for people who are moving to another city, across the state or across the country. —About.com

The fact of the matter is, there are many things you should know before buying a home. Space will be finite, regardless of the floor plan. So, if you do manage to get rid of a lot of stuff before you move, keep it that way. It’s going to be easy to justify buying new things but that’s how you accumulated so much in the first place. Prioritize and be brutally honest. If you have difficulty doing so, ask a pragmatic relative or friend for help. Here are the things to get rid of before moving:

  • Old towels and linens. Think back to the last time you actually bought new towels and linens for your house. It’s probably been long enough they’ve turned into thin rags. So, keep some for that purpose alone and ditch the rest. Then, help to mitigate the urge to replace other stuff and buy new towels and linens.
  • Unworn clothing. If you’re like most people, you’ve got drawers and hangers full of unworn clothes. You don’t wear it because it doesn’t fit or it’s out of style. Whatever the reason, since you don’t wear it, it’s not something you need to pack up. Donate it and say goodbye.
  • Duplicate items. Exactly how many coffee mugs are stuffed into your kitchen cabinet? Chances are excellent, more than you need or use. It’s time to go on the hunt for duplicates throughout your house and be rid of them.
  • Souvenirs. Pins, flags, knickknacks, and more souvenirs are tucked away never to see the light of day. So, why would you take these with you to your new place? These are prime examples of space wasters and you don’t need them, anyway.
  • Collections. When you were a child, you started a collection, and now, it’s grown large and cumbersome. In fact, it’s amazingly found its way to the most obscure spot in your house where it collects dust day after day. It’s time to part ways now that you’re moving into a new place.
  • Space fillers. In the days after you moved into your current residence, you bought a few odds and ends as space fillers. Since that time, you’ve tolerated them but haven’t grown attached in any way shape, or form. Take advantage of the opportunity and get rid of those space fillers.
  • Junk. Okay, so you already know to get rid of junk but this isn’t what you suppose. Cords, cables, gadgets, whatnot, all that stuff you’ve accumulated over the years, like those scratched CDs and DVDs, jewelry cases, USB cords, and the like.

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