Moving Light: How to Decide What to Keep and What to Toss

With your big move coming up soon, you should already be in the process of packing. If you’re having trouble deciding what to keep and what to toss, here are some tips to keep in mind that will help you decide.

Doesn’t Fit

Whether you’ve recently lost weight or gained weight, clothes that no longer fit you comfortably should be the first items tossed into the ‘to go’ pile. Clothes that no longer fit you can be donated to local charities instead of being thrown away. It’s considered unsanitary to wear used panties and undergarments, so those should definitely be tossed.

Don’t Want

At one time, you wanted everything that you’ve bought. Your feelings regarding those items may have changed. Maybe it’s no longer fun for you. Maybe it doesn’t match the theme of your room. Whatever has happened to make the item obsolete doesn’t matter. What matters is that you no longer want it. Items that you no longer want should be placed into the ‘to go’ pile next. If these items are still functional and aren’t missing any pieces, you could sell them online for a modest price to put towards your moving expenses, donate them, or give them away.

Broken/Unable to Work Properly

Nothing is built to last. Everything you own will either break, wear down, or tear. There is really no good reason to keep items that are broken or torn and take them with you on your move. Broken items can’t be donated or sold, so the only option is to throw them away. If you find that you have a lot of items that you’ll be throwing away, it would be a good idea to get a rental dumpster to make disposal quick and to save on plastic garbage bags.

No Room to Store or Take

When you move into a new place, you may come to the unfortunate realization that not everything you own is going to fit inside of your new home. Furniture may be too large. There may be a reduced amount of storage. Maybe you can only make one trip and have a limited amount of space. When you have limited room, it’s time to filter your items into piles of things that are necessary and things that can be left behind.

It’s human nature to want to hold onto things and to resist change. Performing this necessary purge of your belongings will not only make your move easier but it will also make your entire life more organized.

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