No one particularly looks forward to moving, but it does give you (if you’re like me) a much-needed opportunity to go through your things. Sure, you could just pack those old cell phones and that endless tangle of cords, but do you really need them? Plus, the more you get rid of, the less you’ll have to pack, unpack, and organize.

Now, I’m not saying you should go crazy and get rid of everything, but do declutter your home. You’re moving into a new home, so why not give yourself a fresh start, and move into a cleaner, less cluttered space. Before you start filling up boxes, use this guide to figure out what to take and what to throw away.

And if you need a little help with the packing and unpacking, give one of our experienced movers a call. They’d love to help you with your move!

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First, sort your belongings. Go through your things, and figure out what you’re going to pack and what you’re going to get rid of. As you sort, ask these questions:

IS IT USABLE?

Don’t hang on to useless, broken items.

HAVE YOU USED IT RECENTLY?

Keep things you’ve used/worn in the past year.

WILL YOU HAVE ROOM?

Make sure you’ll have space for it.

DO YOU LIKE IT?

Keep what makes you happy.

ARE YOU ATTACHED?

Pare down your keepsakes.

WHY ARE YOU KEEPING IT?

Don’t keep it just because you can.

Pay Special Attention to:

 
  • Closets
  • Clothes
  • Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Books
  • Papers/documents
  • Bulky items
  • Old furniture

Before Heading to the Trash…

You may want to consider donating or selling things that are still in good shape.

  • Donate items that can still be used, and remember to get a receipt for tax purposes. Items most needed include computers, cell phones, books, clothing, and housewares.
  • Sell things you think people might buy, but know that it may take some time. Pricing things below their value is an easy way to get rid of them quickly.

If it’s something super bulky or heavy and you don’t know how to get rid of it, post it for sale somewhere like Facebook Marketplace at a low price or for free. You might be able to arrange for someone to haul it away for you. I just moved and was able to sell an old rug, a high-top table with stools, and a fire pit that I was going to throw away. If this doesn’t work, you can always call a junk removal company.

Getting rid of stuff before moving is not only therapeutic, but it will also save you time during the unpacking process. It’s tempting to throw everything into boxes, but take the time to clean out your closet and go through your things before moving into your new home.