How to Determine What to Toss and What to Keep When You Move

Although the process of moving can oftentimes be a really time-consuming and potentially overwhelming one, there are some benefits that come with the process too. For one thing, it can be a really exciting time as you prepare to leave one space so that you can move into another. Plus, if you’ve been telling yourself for the past several months (or even years) that you need to get rid of a lot of the clutter inside of your house, this would be the ideal time to do so. That way, you can start off fresh in your new place.

But in the process of going through clothes, furniture, utensils, linen and even electronics, how can you figure out what you should toss and what you should actually keep? If that’s the dilemma that you currently find yourself in, you’ve come to the right place. That’s because this article is going to provide you with some tips on how to keep what you need and get rid of what you don’t.

You don’t need clothes that you haven’t worn in the past two seasons. If while going through your closet, you realize that there is a sweater that you haven’t worn over the past three winters or there are a couple of shorts that you honestly totally forgot about, it’s time to purge those items. In fact, according to a lot of professional organizers, if you haven’t worn something in two seasons (two summers, two winters, etc.), you probably never will. Therefore, it’s best to get rid of it.

You do need things that you use regularly. On the other hand, when it comes to things like dishes, utensils and linen, if you tend to use those items on a consistent basis, then you should definitely keep them. The reason why this needs to be mentioned is this: Sometimes, while you’re in the process of going through things, if you’re tired, you might be tempted to toss what you actually do need just so you don’t have to go through the trouble of packing it. However, there’s no point in paying to replace perfectly good stuff. So, make sure that you think about what it is that you’re throwing out (or planning to give away) before you actually do it. If you use it, you need it. Keep it.

You don’t need “dated” or broken things. If your television looks like it was manufactured in the 80s, it qualifies as a “dated” electronic. And if when you walk into your garage, you realize that about half of your old lawn equipment no longer works, then these are the broken things that you need to trash (or at least have recycled). Moving is a way to get a fresh start. So, whether you’re moving things yourself or you’ve hired a company likeĀ Movers Framingham MA, simplify the process. Don’t take things into your new home that are not the most useful and at the end of the day, are only going to take up a lot of space—unnecessarily so.

As you’re going through each room and thinking about what to toss and what to keep, just remember that less really is more. Keep what you use on a weekly or monthly basis and toss (or donate or have recycled) what you don’t. It’s a simple principle that can make the moving process so much easier for you. For tips on how to properly pack your items, visit BuzzFeed and put “moving tips that will make your life easier” in the search field. Good luck!

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