How to Decide What to Get Rid of Before Moving
One of the upsides of moving is that it makes one aware of the many unwanted items that need to go away and stop taking up space in the garage, storeroom or kitchen. We are talking about stuff that rarely gets to see the light of day and spends most of the time in the dark. Such items do nothing but stock up on valuable space especially when one lives in an apartment or small house.
To help you decide which items won’t be traveling with your to your new place, we have prepared a list of 5 questions to make it easier. The less you carry, the less you will have to pack, move, unpack and store.
Where will you place it in your new space?
This is the most important questions to ask oneself when moving from a bigger space to a smaller one; say from your parent’s house to a dorm room or shared apartment. There isn’t any point in packing a life-size statue of liberty when you won’t have any space to put it in your new home.
Do I really need it?
Holding onto items that can easily be squeezed or squashed into the corner of your cardboard boxes doesn’t mean that must be taken along. If one doesn’t use an item on a regular basis, packing them along will only add to your burdens later.
Is it worth the money?
Anything that doesn’t offer a resalable value must be left behind. This calls for that stack of toys from your childhood that holds up one square foot of your room’s space.
Is it replaceable?
There are many items that can be culled as they aren’t too expensive to be bought again when needed. If most of the items in front of you fall into that category, it is safe to say that you get rid of them for good. However, not every item is replaceable especially items that have emotional value attached to them. For instance, even though you may not look at childhood photos of yourself every other day, knowing that they are there gives you peace of mind. You can take all such items along.
Is it fabulous or practical?
Most people have a difficult time giving up on things that look good. Clothes, antique rugs and furniture etc. come in this category. If you think that the item doesn’t hold any particle value, it is better to discard it. For clothes and shoes there is only one golden rule –if you haven’t worn them in the last year, you won’t wear it in the next either. Therefore, don’t pack it and add to your moving charges.
Once you have identified what things to get rid of, the next step involves making three piles. The first of things you would like to keep, second of things you would like to donate and third of things you can sell off.
This first pile of items will include anything that you may not need right way but you still would like to hold on to. Because you won’t need them soon, they can be locked off in a storage facility or at a friend’s house for some time until you are ready to have it moved to your new home.
Items that you don’t wish to take along can also be donated to charities. This will include all those items that are in good condition and can benefit someone else.
Finally, if you think that you can make money of some of the items that you no longer need but are of great value, simply put them up for sale either online or in a yard sale. You can advertise furniture, ask friend and family or place an online ad of things such as rugs, china, electronics, designer clothing, jewelry, furniture etc.