One of the first steps in moving is to declutter your home. There is no sense in packing up items you don’t want or need – not only does it waste time packing and moving them, but it wastes money on supplies and truck space.
While everyone’s situation is different, there are a few things that we all tend to keep around that we don’t necessarily need anymore. These items can be trashed or donated right off the bat.
Here are some items you can get rid of right away when you are decluttering for a move.
What to Get Rid for a Move
Expired food and medicine
We all have a tendency to keep expired food and medication without even realizing it’s in there. Of course, anything that is expired is no longer safe or healthy to consume, so it’s important to get rid of them. Go through your pantry, refrigerator, cabinets, and medicine cabinet and get rid of anything that is no longer good.
Over time, we accumulate lots of items, many of which we will end up with an excess of as we get newer versions but never get around to getting rid of the old. These items pile up and create clutter we don’t need. Some examples of items we end up with unnecessary extras of are:
- Kitchen items such as utensils, pots, pans, and tupperware
- Old cosmetics
- Office supplies such as pens, pencils, paper, notepads, etc
Go through these things and only keep what you truly need. Get rid of the rest.
Clothes, shoes, and accessories
Your closets and dressers are some of the best places to do some major decluttering. It’s good practice to go through our clothes, shoes, and accessories at least once a year to clear out anything we no longer want or need. Items to get rid of include:
- Anything that no longer fits
- Anything you haven’t worn in over a year
- Items that are no longer in good condition
- Items you simply no longer like or want
Be sure to go through your kids’ items, as well, and get rid of anything that falls under these categories. Most clothes, shoes, and accessories can be donated or recycled.
Toys and games
If you have kids, chances are there are some toys and games (including video games) that you can retire from your collection. Anything they’ve grown out of can be donated. Let them know that it is making room for new items so they can get excited about those rather than missing what they are giving up.
Books and movies
It’s common to collect a lot of entertainment items such as books and movies over the years. Are there any that you are willing to part with? With digital services like Kindle and Netflix, it’s not necessary to keep large physical libraries of books and movies anymore if you want to clear some clutter and make extra space. These items are easy to donate, too.
In this day and age, technology is constantly evolving so most of us have old cellphones and other electronics gathering dust in a drawer. Do you really need them? Most electronics, even old VCR’s, can be sold or recycled for their parts. Look into the models that you have to find what the best course of action would be.
With everything digitalized nowadays, it’s not always necessary to keep physical copies of documents. While there are exceptions (birth certificates and social security cards, for example), most things can be transferred to your computer or an external hard drive for safe keeping. Any documents older than 7 years are not necessary to keep around.