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Items You Should Get Rid of Before Moving

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Items You Should Get Rid of Before Moving

Moving is one of the best times to purge your life of things you no longer use or need. The same can be said of items that you plan on replacing. Anything from an old recliner to worn out bathmat can be replaced after you move, so long as you make sure you budget appropriately for filling out your new home. Below you’ll find some of the most common things to get rid of, as well as some suggestions for other items that may lighten the load before you move.

Clean Your Closet

We all have things in our closet that no longer fit, we no longer wear, or maybe even that we’ve never worn to begin with. This is one of the best places to start eliminating the excess before you start packing. A good rule to go by is to get rid of anything you haven’t worn in the past year. There are some exceptions for formal wear, but most items that you haven’t worn in a year or more can be donated. Don’t forget to include your shoes in this assessment. Old, worn out shoes that never see the light of day can easily be disposed of without impacting your life.

Bedding & Linens

Sheets, pillow covers, blankets, comforters, and mattress covers are other items that can easily be removed from your packing list if you no longer use them. If you’re moving to a warmer climate, odds are you won’t need that down-filled comforter. By the same token, if you plan to buy a new bed, you’ll likely be buying need bedding and linens, which you can get rid of the old stuff.

Children’s Toys

Toys are one of those things that can add up over time and kids are usually resistant to get rid of any toy, even if they haven’t played with them in years. While you’ll want to handle the situation tactfully, donating old toys that your children no longer use can not only make your move easier, but can also be used by other families whose kids will play with them. This especially applies to items that are no longer age appropriate if you children have outgrown them.

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Purge the Pantry & Fridge

The pantry and refrigerator are two other places in your home where you can likely rid yourself of many items that you don’t need to move. You’ll naturally want to do this later in the moving process so that you’ll have food to eat in the weeks leading up to moving day. Any perishables should be consumed or disposed of—no surprise there. Be sure to check expiration dates on any items you do plan to take with you since we’re often unaware that items, especially in the pantry, may no longer be good. Non-perishables can be donated to a local food pantry if you don’t feel like lugging the extra weight.

Bathroom Items

The bathroom is another place that is often home to expired items. That ibuprofen you bought four years ago may be well past the expiration date. The same applies to any prescription medications that are not taken regularly for health maintenance. You should dispose of unused medication at a pharmacy, rather than throw them in the trash.

There may be other items in the bathroom that you plan to replace after you move, such as a bath mat, toilet plunger, and shower curtain. If you plan to replace it, it’s safe to say you don’t need to pack it.

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Furniture Pieces

Furniture is often among the most difficult things to part with before you move. Certain items may have been a part of your life for a long time, even as they fall apart and become less useful or visually appealing. The same rule applies to other items: if you plan on replacing it, don’t move it. If you do have items that you want to hang onto for nostalgic reasons, that’s fine, but try to eliminate everything you won’t use before moving day.

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For information on how to get rid of items you won’t be moving, please consult our page about organizations that take donations, many of which will be happy to pick them up for you.

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

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