Things to throw away before you move to a new place
Cutting down the amount of your own clutter is always a wonderful idea, when you decide to move. Many of us collect and stuff up their houses with things without even noticing how much unnecessary things we have. When getting ready for the move, it is difficult to take all your things along. Taking less stuff during the move will make it easier and cheaper for you. Besides, you will not have to look for an additional storage space to fit it all in.
Don’t swing from one extreme to another, though. Do not throw everything away. You can donate and sell some items, or you can have some fun with your belongings. For instance, you may hold a party using up booze, foods, decorations, invitations, and you can hand small presents (things that you will not use in your new place) to your guests as they leave.
Before packing for your move, you should consider all things you have in your home. Here are some questions that will help you to decide whether to keep or leave an item.
- Will it fit your new place? If you do not see this item in your new place, do not take it. You do not have to take things that will rest in peace in your basement.
- When did you use it? If you used this item 5 months ago, are you sure that you will use it more frequently in your new place?
- Can you get another? We use salt all the time. So, you may get another container for it. It is not expensive, so why bother?
- Does it have sentimental value? We keep some things because helps us bring good memories back. But if this item is heavy or large, it is worth considering whether the sentimental value is really worth bringing the item with you to the new place. Most times, you will realize that some things are actually just old and don’t mean anything to you.
- Can you sell it? You do not have to throw good things away. If you like keeping expensive items and do not use them, you may just sell them.
Things to be thrown away before you move
Trashy coffee mugs – moving means a new start in your life and kitchen! If you have thousand different mugs in your cupboards, you are not alone! People may collect mugs buying them on vacations, or in airports. If you do it too, it is better to ditch the mugs you do not use. You can donate them, or just throw away if they have cracks and do not look good.
Clothes you have not worn for years. Look at your closet because it is high time to let go of your old clothing and accessories. This process can be time-consuming but it is the best way to cut down on your clutter. Clothes take much space in the moving boxes and in drawers. Is it still on-trend? Have you worn this in the last year? Do you like it? Does it have a good condition? These questions will help you decide whether to keep or throw away any item in your closet. You can donate clothes in good conditions to Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, and The Salvation Army.
Old show pillows. Many homeowners collect different throw pillows over the years. If your new place has the same color and décor design, you may keep those that will fit the new house design. Those that don’t, are better not follow you into the new place. You may find sites, which accept old pillows (Just make sure that you offer the ones in a proper condition).
Old kid’s toys. LEGO sets, Barbies, Hot Wheels, stuffed animals, and others can take over your house. If your children do not play with them, or just have outgrown a toy or all of them, you may easily donate toys to your local charity or maybe to church group. Craigslist or Freecycle are also happy to accept such items.
Old Books. Hoarding books is nonsense. Of course, keep the ones that you like or plan on reading. But those books that didn’t draw your attention to them until now and probably won’t in the nearest century, are better donated or sold. They will not serve a purpose in your new home.
DVDs and CDs collections. If shelves are full of different DVDs and CDs, it is time to let them go. They are old, and you will save more space for other items in your room. You can now watch any movie or TV show at the click of a button. Therefore, your collections are out of date, and you probably rarely use them anymore. You may sell them, give them away, or add to the item list of your yard sale.
Old electronics. Everybody has different electronics that we do not even use because we have other plugged-in devices. Old laptops, charges, iPads, iPhones are kept in cabinets years and years in a row. What you need to do is to find all your old electronics and check whether these work, how old they are, and whether you will need any of them in your new place. If the device is not more than 5 years old and works perfectly, you can donate it or sell it.
Old movables. You do not want to junk up your new place with old furniture that you do not even like, do you? Before moving, check your couches, desks, and chairs, and you will see that most of them are not good. You can throw them away, or, if these are good and not old, you can sell or donate them.
Old paints. We all have some cans of paint left after the renovation works, and we’re used to storing them over the years. Check the ones that you have and see if the new homeowners might use them or if you can use them in your new place. If not, take care to dispose them properly and bring them to a local drop off site that accepts hazardous chemical items.
Expired medications. Throw away all your expired medications, if you still keep them in your medicine cabinets. In fact, the FDA gives us a detailed instruction on how to get rid of the expired medications: flush them down the toilet, throw them with the trash, or bring them to locations, which accept such medications through a “take-back” program.
Expired bath products. You definitely have some empty shampoo bottles, or old lotions in your bathroom, so it’s a great time to get rid of these, too. Check your makeup products, soaps, and other bathroom items to declutter your bathroom.
Leftover products. Empty your fridge before moving! You can take some canned goods, and snacks with you. Yet, you should get rid of all perishable foods, fruits and veggies. If you do not want to take non-perishable foods with you, just donate them to a local food bank (pasta, rice, canned goods, etc.). There are special companies that can donate your leftover food for you.