There are many moving parts involved with relocating, and one of the most important is organizing and packing your household belongings. Deciding what and what not to take with you can be a difficult decision to make, however making these choices beforehand will save you a lot of time, hassle, and space when it comes time to both pack and unpack your boxes and belongings. So, this month’s blog will dive into the items you should consider leaving behind when moving!
One of the biggest moving tips we like to share with our clients is to go through and declutter the items in your closet before packing things away. Clothes tend to pile up quickly, so it just makes sense to purge the items that you no longer wear, fit, or like. If you haven’t worn something in the last year or two, it’s likely that you won’t wear it again. Take the time to assess which clothes you wear regularly and which items can be donated or sold. Trust us, sorting through your clothes will not only help you declutter your closet but will also help you stay organized and in tune with your wants and needs in your new home.
2) Old Furniture
It’s important that you really take the time to decide whether your existing furniture will accommodate your new home and lifestyle. Furniture can take up a lot of space, so make it a priority to only take with you the pieces that you love and will make use of. Moving into a new home is the perfect opportunity to let some old pieces go and upgrade to new furniture that will complement this new chapter in your life. Doing so will play a major role in turning a new leaf in your new home. Imagine coming home after a long day of work and relaxing on your brand new couch that can now fit your entire family!
Coordinating which appliances are staying and going with the previous homeowners is essential in determining whether you’ll need to take your appliances with you. Will they be leaving their appliances behind or will you need to bring your current appliances to your new home? Does it make more sense to purchase new appliances instead? Think about the functionality of your current appliances and whether they would benefit or hold you back in your new home. Functionality is key when it comes to cooking and cleaning, and you’ll want to make sure the appliances in your new home are ones that will meet all of your lifestyle wants and needs.
4) Old Bulky Items
As large and bulky items can take up a lot of space, consider donating or having a garage sale for your larger items that you no longer use. Space can be limited in both the moving truck and your new home, so you should be mindful of the space you have available and only bring the important items that add value to your life. Items such as old TVs, books, and outdated electronics are great things to donate or sell. Letting go of these belongings will not only help purge the items you no longer need but can also serve as a great asset in someone else’s life.
Of course, keep all of your important documentation such as birth certificates and financial records with you when moving, however, less important papers can be an unnecessary source of extra weight. If possible, scan these papers onto your computer so you have a soft copy and get rid of the hard copies to allow more space for the rest of your household belongings.
6) Garage Clutter
Garages are often used as a dedicated storage space in many homes, and there are likely several items sitting in your garage that haven’t been used in years. Go through your garage and declutter the things that you don’t intend to use, including old tools, outdoor equipment, and toys. If these items include paint cans, fertilizer, and other hazardous chemicals, make sure you dispose of them safely. Getting rid of excess baggage will allow you to hit refresh and stay organized throughout the entire moving process.
7) Bathroom Items
Many of your bathroom items are likely expired or out of date. Items such as rarely used cleaning products, almost-empty bottles, old and cracked makeup, and expired medication can easily be replaced, so throw away the items that are no longer up to date and purchase new items as needed.
Moving into a new home is a great reason to finally upgrade your bedding! Mattresses tend to lose their shape and quality around the 10-year mark, so if your mattress is reaching the end of its lifespan, this is the perfect opportunity to invest in a new bed. A new home means a fresh start to your lifestyle, so take this time to transform your sleep routine with new beds for you and your loved ones. Additionally, new bedding such as fresh pillows and linen are a great way to decorate and bring your personality into your new rooms.
9) Outdated Items that No Longer Serve a Purpose
Lastly, when packing and going through your home, really think about what you need and use on a regular basis. If you have items that have not been touched in years, it’s likely that they no longer serve a valuable purpose in your life, so it’s best to just leave them behind. Your new home should be filled with belongings that bring joy and productivity into your life, so only bring the items that do just that. Purging your old, outdated belongings will be a huge weight off your shoulders and will allow you to have a brand new start in your new home.
We hope this blog provided you with valuable tips on the items that you can leave in the past when moving. If you need extra support packing and moving your household belongings, Deluxe Moving has you covered! We offer Full Packing and Moving services that can take care of your entire move for you. Head to our services page for more information about our services or contact our team to get started on a successful and stress-free move. We look forward to working with you!
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