Just because you own it, doesn’t mean you have to move it. Moving to a new place is a great reason to purge unwanted, unneeded or unhelpful belongings — and saves you the trouble of packing them up and moving them. So before you move, you might want to get rid of things that are just taking up space.
When you start to pack your belongings up before you move, you’ll end up going through everything you own anyway. So while you’re tossing things in boxes, take stock of what you actually own and give an honest answer to these questions:
It’s one thing to hang on to something because it has sentimental value, it’s something else to keep it in your closet just because you might use it one day. (Read: How to Declutter Your Apartment)
But once you’ve taken stock of what you have, you can then make some hard decisions about what to keep and what to toss.
Make piles to make space
As you pack up a room, sort items into three piles, Keep, Donate and Throw Away. The items in the keep pile go into a box to be moved into your new apartment.
Charities like Goodwill and the Salvation Army welcome donations. You can even deduct that donation on your taxes if you get a receipt. But charities can only use gently used items they can resell. So if it’s something that is broken and can’t be fixed, or clothing that is so worn it can’t be refashioned, then just do those volunteers a favor and trash it.
Don’t forget your furniture either. Getting rid of unused or unwanted furniture will definitely make moving easier, because that’s less heavy lifting. If you’re getting rid of furniture, many charities will come pick it up free of charge.
Getting rid of unwanted items
As you collect piles or bags or items to throw out or donate, get them out of your home right away. If you keep items you want to get rid of in your home for too long, they could get mixed in with the items you are moving and all your sorting time will have gone to waste.
For items that you are throwing away, check with your city to find out what can be tossed in the trash — many electronic items and hazardous materials have to be disposed of in a special manner, and some can even be recycled.
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