When you move, it is always good to decide exactly what it is you will be moving. We all collect things through the years, and they end up in every room in our homes, be it the bedroom, garage, basement, shed, or even in the attic. Some of that stuff we collect might have sentimental value, while the others – well, you might just be used to having it and have a tough time letting go of it. Regardless, there is no sense in moving what you will not need or use, so when you are packing to move, it is the ideal time to get rid of those superfluous items you have accumulated. So how do you decide what to toss out when you move?
When you are trying to determine what to move to your new place, make that decision based on how much you use the items and/or how much they mean to you.
You should begin by making a list of things to get rid of when you move. Take this list and decide what you might sell (to have extra money for the move), what to recycle, what to give away, and what to throw out completely. It is pointless to move garbage, so make sure you get rid of these things before you actually move.
1. Start with the most obvious things.
This includes anything that is useless, worn out, broken, or simply doesn’t mean anything to anyone in your household.
2. Things you don’t and will never use, even if they aren’t worn out or broken
You might sell them on one of the popular apps like 5Miles or LetGo, list the items for sale on Craigslist or eBay, or even decide to have a yard sale. Alternatively, you might give some of it away to friends, family, or charity (like the Goodwill on Alhambra Blvd.).
3. Things you no longer want
This might be anything that is passé, as well as shoes and/or clothes that are worn out or don’t fit anymore.
4. Paint, food, medications and any other item that might be expired.
These are all things that need to be thrown out before you move.
5. Newspapers and magazines
A Few More Tips
- Don’t sit down while you are going through your stuff. You might begin to feel like it is a passive task that can be put off ‘til later.
- Remember the 5-second-rule. Don’t keep anything in your hands for longer than 5 seconds because you might be tempted to keep it. Get it, consider it, decide what to do with it, and move on to the next item.
- Set a time to start going through stuff and to stop. Stick to it. The temptation to start and end a bit early can become harder and harder to resist and you might end up not doing it at all.
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