Moving is stressful. When you are moving away from a place where you’ve made a lot of memories, it can be tempting to wax nostalgic and to try to bring everything with you. Let’s face it, when you live in a house, you accumulate stuff you don’t really need. Here are seven things you should throw out before you move into your new home:
Food – Eating out can be tempting during this stressful time, but that can leave you with a lot of leftover groceries at home that you’ll have to pack over to your next place. It’s better to just eat it and then throw out whatever will spoil.
Cheap furniture – These are probably some of the biggest things you have to move. Cheap furniture is very likely to be chipped, stained, scratched or even broken in the process. Sell it off or give it to someone who needs it.
Clothing – Before moving is the perfect time to go through your closet and throw out clothes that you just don’t wear anymore. If you haven’t worn it in the last fours seasons and it doesn’t hold immense sentimental value (read: wedding dress), it’s time to throw it out.
Personal and beauty products – If you haven’t used that nail polish in the last year, throw it out. Don’t tote along a bunch of hair products and makeup that you don’t actually use and never really intend to use.
Alcohol – Rather than move the alcohol to your new place, why not host a party and drink whatever is left over with your friends to celebrate the move.
Kids’ toys – This can be a hard one, especially if your child is irrationally attached to toys he hasn’t played with for years. The truth is, however, that if he hasn’t played with it for years, he probably isn’t going to play with it, so why bother moving it? Donate it or give it away to someone who wants it.
Sheets and towels – If you’ve been using the same set of sheets and towels for the last five years, now is a great opportunity to throw them out and to get new ones for your new home!
Get rid of these seven things and your moving experience is sure to be much smoother and those boxes will be much lighter!