One of the things that many people have difficulty doing before they move is decluttering. You have to be vicious when you declutter. Do you need it to live? What value does it give you?
Here are 10 different things that you need to get rid of before you move.
- Food – This is obvious but carefully plan your food reserves so that you don’t leave anything behind. If you are having trouble, please contact a local charity that picks up food left in refrigerators.
- Any electronics that you haven’t used in the last 2 months. It is hard to part with any kind of electronics. But if it is not essential for work, chances are you can get rid of it.
- Books. As much as it is frustrating to have to go and reassemble a book collection, these take up lots of space and weight. Most local libraries will accept books with no questions.
- Appliances – Divide into things you use all the time, things that are difficult to replace and things that you don’t use frequently and are easy to replace.
- Anything and everything that is damaged. This means clothes, desks, appliances. Moving is a great chance to do spring cleaning.
- Any goods in storage. The cost of moving things is expensive. Anything in long term storage is probably not useful. Save your family pictures, digitize your family videos and toss the rest. (If it isn’t for work).
- Almost anything that you bought from Ikea. This is especially true for long distance. Properly evaluate what an item is worth to you (value to purchase new/used + the time to replace it – cost of moving).
- Old phones, televisions, computers, software that is online. Many houses have entertainment systems that have been replaced. Phones that are no longer used. Televisions. In many cases your movers may be willing to take these items to the recycling shop.
- Seasonal items. Unless you want to be sorting through items for the next 2 months, sometimes hard choices need to be made. If it’s Halloween goods or Christmas goods, it is time to say goodbye.
- Lighting devices that you can easily replace. Dishes that you can replace easily. Utensils that you have way too many of.