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A Guide to Getting Rid of Unnecessary Items Before Your Move

Once the decision to relocate has been made you would think that it is smooth sailing from there. Unfortunately, it doesn’t usually go like that, and you find yourself looking around your house for what to take with you only to end surrounded by things that leave you feeling unsure of whether you should bring them to your new home or leave them behind. The worst part is there is still a lot more things to take care of for the move. Since this is a problem that many people face when they start going through their things to try to decide on what to keep and what to throw away, we have decided to put together this guide to help you get through the stressful moving period with the items you want and need most.

Advice for a Stressless Move

Give yourself time and plan it out.

Make sure that you start this process as early as possible, once you know that you will be moving you should have a plan of action and start as soon as possible. Going through your things while not under extreme pressure is ideal, since this will ensure that there is no pressure to make you into rush will packing. It is a good idea to sit down with your planner and pull out the calendar so that you can map out how the process will go. You should consider in what order you will tackle the rooms and what is the best way to make sure that you don’t have to do the same job multiple times.

Realizing you don’t need to take everything with you

When moving, you are going to have to accept the fact that you won’t be able to take everything with you to your new home. This thought might seem like bad news to some people, but the reality is that you don’t necessarily need everything from your old home. Many people end up living with things that they don’t really like and never even use, these items just hang around and eventually just blend into the background or become invisible to us. Most of them could go missing for months, maybe even years and we wouldn’t notice them, but once we have to get rid of them consciously, we have a tough time doing it. There are numerous causes for this; maybe once the item is in front of us we remember why we bought it and what it meant to us at the time or we just don’t want to get rid of it because it feels wasteful. The fact is that if the items are laying around and are not being used by us, they are probably not going to be used anytime soon, which is in itself a waste. We have to accept that getting rid of the things we ignore and don’t use is not a waste and that it can significantly benefit us psychologically as well as space wise. It will leave you with the items you truly care about and use.


Once you see that you don’t have to hold on to everything for fear of being wasteful or letting go of past ambitions, you can now take the next step in the process, and that is going through your belongings and sorting them into different groups. The categories of the groups are items you will keep, those you will throw away and the ones that you can give away or sell. You would ideally have some time so that you aren’t rushed into making decisions because of the moving and deadline pressure. Things that you genuinely feel are worth keeping and you see yourself using and enjoying, should be kept. The items that are not useable or that really have no worth should be tossed away or recycled. If there are any items that you think are still good, but you don’t see yourself making use of them or just don’t consider bringing them along is worth it, then you have two options. You can be charitable and give them away to people in need. A charity or a shelter will be grateful for your contribution, and you will be helping out the community. The other option, if you could use a few extra bucks, is to sell the items. You can go about selling them in numerous ways such as a garage sale, or you can sell them online. Both are viable options that have the potential to earn you some extra money to spend in your new home.

Go one room at a time

When going through your belongings, it is a good idea to do it room by room. The chances are that you will probably keep the items you currently have in certain rooms in the same rooms in your new home, so to avoid having to rummage through boxes looking for a particular item, it is a good idea to keep all the boxes organized according to rooms and use. Once you pick a room, make sure that you focus on finishing that room and not trying to handle multiple places at once, this could make the task seem never ending and may leave you feeling you haven’t gotten anything done. To avoid this, remember focus on one room at a time and stick to it until it is completed and all the items have been gone through and sorted.

Break down rooms

Once you have chosen a room to focus on you will want to have a specific target in sight, that is a particular section of the room that you are committed to clean. An excellent way to keep focused is to have a task that is doable and not too big. Set yourself zones on which to focus on in the room and then go from zone to zone, this will give you a measurable and great way to get things done, and it won’t leave you feeling like the amount of work to be done is overwhelming. This system will save you a lot of time since you won’t be wandering around your home starting and stopping your cleaning.

Tips to see if something should be kept or thrown away

Having In mind that you can’t take everything with you when you move, is just the beginning. There are still more things that can help influence your judgment on whether to get rid of it or take it with you to your new residence.

Does it work?

This rule is quite simple, and it is very logical if the item you have found doesn’t work and is not worth spending a few extra bucks or time to fix then it is not really worth keeping either. Don’t just put it to the side and say you will fix it later, this will just hold you back. Consider how important the item will be to you and if you can get a newer better one. If after answering these questions you think the item is still worth fixing then make sure you plan it out and get it done. Schedule it at a specific date and do  pushing it back a single day

Think back to the last time you used the item

If an item has been sitting in your house collecting dust then you know it is probably best to not hold on to it anymore. People will usually avoid getting rid of things just out of fear of being wasteful, but as we have said, the only thing these items are currently doing is making a mess for you to live in. If you run into an article of clothing which you haven’t worn in forever or an item that you have no intention of using then get rid of it. If you find an item and = find yourself thinking “Oh that is where that was” then it is pretty certain you won’t use it again, get rid of it. If you come across something and are surprised you still own it, then don’t hesitate or lie to yourself get rid of it. If the items were a hobby or something that you had ambitions to do but never got around to, decide on getting rid of them anyway and if the ambitions return you can always buy another one. The extra money spent and the getting rid of a past forgotten desire will be motivational.

Does it mean something to you?

The goal of getting rid of items is not to have as little as possible when you are done. The goal is simply to be left with items and belongings that you are glad to own and that you are happy are a part of your life. So if there is something that you have that represents a memory or an endearing moment to you, then don’t feel like you are forced to throw it away just because of the cleaning. You can keep things that spark a happy memory in your heart.

If you follow these tips and stick to them when the arduous task of going through your belongings comes, then you will have no problem when the big day arrives. You will find yourself in your new home with all the possession that you truly want and use in your life. Your new home will have an entirely new feel and without the huge mess and items piled up, you will be able to enjoy the new space and new home as a fresh start.