What to Toss When You Move and Where to Take It

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If you are about to move, then you will likely want to minimize the number of things you take with you. Even if you are moving to a bigger place, you should still toss certain items. When you downsize your stuff, you will make the move much easier and less complicated when you need to unpack. Here are a few ideas on what you should get rid of and what you should do with the stuff.

What to Toss When You Move

Consider your budget and the condition of the items you want to toss. In some cases, you will do better if you purchase new items rather than keep the old ones. However, if you don’t have a big budget, then you might want to hold on to certain household items. Here is a list of things most people should get rid of before a move.

Old Mugs

Sure, those old mugs have a lot of memories with them. However, if you’re not using them, then they just take up space.

Mismatched Dishes

Over the years, you may have bought mismatched dishes as an easy way to replace previously broken dishes. If you have the budget, you may just want to replace the whole set to match your new place.

Outdated and Unused Clothing

The old adage is if you haven’t worn it in a year, then toss it. Don’t keep clothing even if you think you might fit into it again or it will come back in style.

Rarely/Never Worn Shoes

If you don’t like your shoes and don’t plan to wear them in the near future, then get rid of them.

Perishable Food

Unless your new place is very close-by, don’t bring milk, bread, meats, or other perishable food on your move.

Old Counter-top Appliances

If you still use your small appliances, like coffee makers and blenders, bring them with you. However, you can eliminate all those specialty appliances and gadgets you don’t use from your move.

Old Linens

Toss all those old mismatched towels, comforters, and worn sheets. Consider purchasing new linens to match your new place’s décor.

Old Magazines, Newspapers, CDs, or Videotapes

If you haven’t looked at or watched any of these items in a while, then you probably won’t miss them. If your videotapes are home moves, then consider having them digitized.

Unread/Rarely Read Books

Unless you collect special books like rare first editions, don’t pack them for the move. Books are heavy and take up a lot of room.

Old Cords and Chargers

If you can’t match the cord or charger to an item, then you should probably toss it. Also, toss any old electronics you don’t use.

You may find other things to put on this list as you go through your items. Make piles for keeping and giving away to easily keep track. Think about whether you have used a certain item recently before you decide to keep it. If you find items you forgot you had, then those are prime candidates for the give pile.

Where to Give Your Unwanted Items

If your items are in excellent condition, then donate them to your local charity thrift store. If you had planned to pass down any of these items, then talk to your family members. You may find them willing to take them as an early inheritance. That way, you can keep sentimental items in the family. You can also recycle many items and possibly get paid to do so.

If you are committed to eliminating unnecessary items, you may be surprised at how much easier your move becomes. If you are like most people, you will probably not miss the items you eliminated.

Once you have your move organized, contact Christofferson Moving & Storage for help. We have professional moving staff who can move your household or store your items for later use. Whether you move across the country or just around the corner, we can help.

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