What to Save & What to Purge During a Move
The last thing that you want to do when you’re moving is take everything with you. However, it can be challenging to know what to keep and what to get rid of. Moving house can be the perfect opportunity to get rid of the things you don’t need or want anymore (and make room for the things you do). Here are a few tips on what to save and what to purge before you move.
Clothes that You Don’t Wear
It seems that everyone has clothes in their closet that they don’t wear. Clothes usually fall into the “it might fit again” category or the “I’ll wear it next year” one. Before moving to your new place, get rid of these items. Go ahead and donate them so that someone else will have the chance to wear them.
Promotional Products and Gag Gifts
We know that it was fun when work brought around that fifth mug with your company’s name on it, but it’s time for it to go. Do the same with those white elephant gifts and the birthday presents that you’ve been planning to re-gift to someone else.
Kitchen Appliances that You Never Use
Two years ago, you couldn’t wait to make your own homemade ice cream anytime you wanted. Now, that ice cream maker is sitting in your pantry after only being used once to make ice cream for last year’s family reunion. Give it to someone who will use it, or take a pic and post on the yard sale page of your favorite social media site.
Framed Posters and 10-Year Old Décor from Target
Unless it’s a décor piece that you really love, consider donating or selling it. That way, you can start fresh in your new digs. Framed posters have their place, but it may be time to invest in a few pieces of real art. You can find affordable stuff from local art schools and online.
Books that You’ll Never Read Again
If you’re a book person, it’s likely that you have books hanging around that you didn’t love, so you probably won’t read them again. Donate or sell these. Someone else will likely love them, and you’ll save yourself from having to lug them to your new home.
Most of Your Towels
As long as you do your laundry weekly, you only really need two towels per person. More than that just takes up space. Even if you welcome company to your home regularly, two towels are enough to own and store.
Mugs and Glasses
Somehow mugs and glasses accumulate until they’re practically spilling out of the cupboard that you have allocated for their storage. Go through your mugs and glasses, keeping the bare minimum. Don’t worry. You’re sure to start accumulating them again once you’re settled into your new place.
If people like to give you bath products for Christmas or your birthday, then you probably have too many of them. Before moving day, go through your bath products and toss the ones that you’re not using. If some of those bath products happen to be bath bombs, have a bath bomb party, and use one every day until they’re gone.
Things to Save
Save your furniture, bed linens and most of your dishes. These are things that you’ll need in your new place. If you have furniture that’s too big, then recycle it by taking it to a donation center or selling it.
Decreasing Your Moving Stress
Purging belongings that you no longer need to decrease your moving stress. It can help other people and give you the opportunity to live more minimally or redecorate. It’s also a quick way to save money. The pro’s at Suddath tell us that it’s a simple equation to say that the more you purge, means the less you move, means the lower your costs. So do yourself the favor of lightening the load on yourself and your wallet.
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