What to Keep, Toss, or Donate When You Move

If you’re currently in the process of preparing to move out of your home, probably one of your biggest concerns is trying to figure out what you should take over to your new place and also what you should get rid of.

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The challenge that tends to come with making this kind of decision is that over the years, some things are sentimental, some things you feel like you should keep “just in case” and some things (like the ones that have been collecting dust up in your attic or basement), you simply haven’t given much thought about.

So, if you need a bit of assistance in figuring out what you should keep and what you should throw away, you’ve come to the right place. This article is going to help you navigate through what’s important and what really is simply taking up too much of your space.

Keep what you use on a daily/weekly basis. From clothes to linens to utensils, if there are things in your home that you use on a daily or weekly basis, those are items that you should keep. The main reason is because sometimes during the moving process budgets are tight; therefore, you definitely don’t want to spend money on items that you already own simply because you tossed them out for no good reason.

Toss what you haven’t used (or looked at) in over a year. If you were to speak with a professional organizer about the things that you should get rid of inside of your house, one of the things that they would probably tell you is that if you haven’t used something in over a year (other than seasonal items, of course), that’s a sign that you probably won’t. So, whether it’s clothes or even lawn tools, think about the last time you wore or used it. If it’s been so long that you can’t remember, give it away or throw it away.

Recycle or donate what is old or broken. So, what should you do about things like really old electronics or an appliance that doesn’t work anymore? As people are becoming more passionate about doing their part to preserve the environment, there are more and more companies that are willing to recycle and upcycle your old or broken things. That said, when it comes to your new home, it really is best to get some new things to represent the new phase in your life. However, in order to keep from further filling up the landfill in your area, opt for either having your old or broken things donated or getting them recycled. There are places like Best Buy that will pay you for your old electronics. Plus, many thrift stores will provide you with receipts for your donations of electronics and appliances so that you can write them off on your taxes. For more information on other places where you can donate electronics, visit EPA.gov and put “donate electronics” in the search field.

When it comes to organizing your move, whether you decide to rent a U-Haul or hire some professional town to town movers, hopefully this article has shed some light on how to make packing a bit easier for you. After all, you can definitely feel a lot less overwhelmed once you know what to keep and what to toss!

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