Moving to a new home could be one of the most exciting things you’ve done in your life. It’s a time of new beginnings, opportunities, and an excuse to empty your home and your storage spaces and streamline your belongings only things that you need. But before you pack up your kitchenware or family photo albums, consider getting rid of these items before starting to make packing up easier.
1. Anything That Is Broken
You might be able to fix that broken vase your parents gave you when you first moved out on your own, but in the end, it isn’t worth the time and effort. If it is no longer functional, or if it breaks more and more each time you move it, it’s time to get rid of it. Saving broken items is not always useful.
2. Things that Only Had One Purpose
Those decorations from your child’s first birthday, your prom queen sash and crown, movie tickets from a show you saw decades ago. Many people save things like this because they had a good memory associated with them. The thing is, saving these things only takes up space that could be used for other things, or just left empty. Just because you have space for something, does not mean you need to keep it. Consider letting go of the physical attachment and being okay with the wonderful memories that you can store in your mind forever.
3. Anything That You Don’t Use Daily
Don’t keep things around that you hardly ever use or don’t need to use because if they are not used, they will sit in storage and eventually weigh you down. Donate if you last used it over a year ago, and there is no way to make it work for you. You would be surprised how much others may need that item you have been holding on to and not using all this time. Let it go and be useful for someone else who really needs it.
4. Anything That You Can’t Take with You
If you are putting your house on the market with items you can’t take with you, sell them. Throw them out. Donate them. Do whatever it takes to get rid of those things so they are not in your life anymore — clutter is not conducive for a healthy life and state of mind. If you are stressing over not being able to fit everything in the moving truck, consider letting things go that just are not practical for your lifestyle anymore.
5. Anything That Is a Waste of Space
When moving to a new home, it’s important to make the most of your space. This means getting rid of anything that is taking up precious room but serves no real purpose. There are many items that fall into this category, and it can be difficult to decide what to keep and what to toss. Here are just a few examples of items that you may want to consider getting rid of before you move:
- Furniture that doesn’t fit: If you have large pieces of furniture that won’t fit in your new home, it may be time to sell or donate them. Hanging onto furniture that you can’t use will only clutter up your new space.
- Old clothes and linens: When were the last time you went through your closet and got rid of clothes that no longer fit or are out of style? Take this as an opportunity to purge any items that are taking up valuable closet space. The same goes for old towels, sheets, and blankets that you no longer need.
- Outdated electronics: Do you still have that old VCR collecting dust in your closet? Or how about a dusty old computer monitor that hasn’t been used in years? Get rid of any electronics that you no longer use to free up space and reduce clutter.
By removing these types of items before you move, you’ll have a more organized and efficient new home. You’ll also save yourself time and money by not having to transport unnecessary items. So go ahead and get rid of anything that is a waste of space – you’ll be glad you did!
6. Anything That You Are Simply Tired of Looking At
If you never use it or are tired of seeing it every day, get rid of it. If those items mean nothing to you, give them to someone else who will appreciate them. This is usually the best place to start when it comes to getting rid of things. Start with items that you know for a fact will not be missed and that you are tired of storing. The small victory that comes from getting rid of those items will make it easier to move onto the harder more sentimental items.