Moving is a big job. You may think you don’t have that much stuff, but once you start packing it up you may realize you have much more than you thought. But why cart around a bunch of stuff that you don’t really need or use that frequently? That’s why we’ve compiled this list of easy things that you can let go of when you’re moving. By selling or donating these items, you’ll make your move easier and life in your new place more clutter-free!
All the dishes you don’t need
It is so easy to accumulate dishes over the years. From those souvenir travel mugs to the dish set you inherited from your grandmother, dishes can take up an enormous amount of room in your kitchen cabinets. Do yourself a favor and let these things go before you move. You can easily and inexpensively pick up dishes you really like when you get to your new place.
Old sheets, towels, and pillowcases
How many sets of sheets does one person need? While it can be helpful to have two sets of sheets per bed, anything more becomes a challenge to deal with. The same goes for bath and dish towels. Pare down your collection to what you actually use and donate the rest to a local animal shelter. Most are always in need of sheets and towels.
Clothes that don’t fit
We understand the compulsion to hang on to clothes that don’t quite fit anymore. And we applaud you for truly believing that you’ll lose that extra 10, 20, or 30 pounds. But hanging on to clothes that don’t fit not only makes your closet cluttered, but can also be bad for your mental health. Think about how much someone else may enjoy those items, and donate them instead.
If you’re like most people, then you probably have a box or tub of old or outdated electronics. This could include old cell phones, printers, laptops, modems, and more. There’s no reason for you to drag these items to your next home. Instead, find out how to recycle them before you move.
When was the last time you looked through your files? Chances are you’re sitting on a pile (or mountain) of paperwork that you no longer need. This includes old bank statements, flyers from school, bills, and the like. You will considerably lighten your load – both physically and mentally – by shredding these documents before you move. You don’t even need to have your own shredder to do it. However, physical documents that need to be stored properly can be safely placed inside mailing tubes or paper cores for safe keeping.
Are you still hanging on to party decorations from your spouse’s 40th birthday or Valentine’s Day decor from the dollar store? There’s very little reason to hold on to these items. Party and seasonal decor is cheap and easy to come by. Let these items go.
We all have those items lying around that need repair and that we’ve always thought we would get to…eventually. But with a big move ahead of you, it’s highly unlikely that you’re going to make these repairs. And it doesn’t make sense to bring broken items with you to a new place. Give yourself a fresh start and throw away or recycle these items.