If you’re heading to a new address, take a minute to walk through your house and look at the contents of each room. Does the thought of packing all that stuff feel overwhelming? Probably. But there’s no reason you need to pack all of it, especially if you own things you rarely use (who doesn’t?).
To get a handle on the amount of stuff you’ll need to pack and transport, all you need to do is downsize. And though it might seem like you need everything in your house, chances are you can stand to get rid of more than a few boxes of items.
Below, the expert movers and packers at Ed’s Moving & Storage share seven things everyone relocator should seriously consider getting rid of before their move.
Chances are you’ve got plenty of old kitchen gadgets collecting dust. And though they might seem novel and useful, ask yourself — how many times have I used this in the last three months? If your answer is never or perhaps once or twice, it’s time to think about tossing those gadgets out.
If you haven’t used them frequently in your current home, you’re not likely to need them frequently at your new address. Be honest with yourself and get rid of anything you don’t use at least two to three a month.
That old veggie spiralizer you swore you’d use all the time? Donate it. What about that pasta maker attachment for your stand mixer — how many times have you used that?
Moving boxes of old books you’ve read once and then forgot about isn’t just tedious, it’s downright silly. Not only will you need to purchase extra boxes for virtually no reason, but you’ll also be forced to take up valuable space in your moving truck for books you aren’t likely to read again.
Worse, since many professional moving companies calculate rates based on the weight of your items, you’ll pay extra for moving services for a bunch of books you probably don’t need or use.
While you might feel a connection with old novels or books that really resonated with you, remember: We live in the digital age. You can always purchase the ebook version and download it onto your tablet or smartphone. Donating old books — depending on your collection — could save you dozens or even hundreds of pounds during your move. That translates to money saved when you hire your moving company.
Hanging onto unopened perishable foods — like the stuff you keep in your pantry — might not be a bad idea. If it’s light and won’t take up much space, consider keeping it. But if you have opened boxes of partially used food or a bunch of perishable food in your refrigerator or freezer, consider giving it away or tossing it before you move.
Again, when you hire professional movers and packers, the weight of your items factors into the total cost of your move. The less stuff you need to transport, the more wallet-friendly your relocation will be. Furthermore, most professional movers won’t transport your perishables, so if you choose to keep them, you’ll need to arrange alternate transportation.
Shoes You Don’t Wear
If you have a massive shoe collection, it might be time to think about downsizing it. We know — it’s tough. You might need those rainbow furry boots someday, and the thought of them on someone else’s feet might be more than you can handle.
But be honest with yourself — if they’re more of a decoration inside your closet than a functional piece of apparel, do you really need them? Plus, how good would it feel to donate shoes to someone who’s down on their luck and can’t afford a brand new pair?
Clothing You Don’t Wear
Just like you probably own shoes you never wear, chances are you have quite a few pieces of clothing that rarely see the light of day. And you might be surprised at just how much of a hassle it is to pack, move, and unpack apparel.
Again, you’ll need to be honest with yourself as you go through your closet. If you find non-seasonal clothing items you haven’t worn in at least three months, it’s time to let them go. When you arrive at your new address, those items will likely end up right back where they started: shoved to the very back of your wardrobe.
The Contents of Your Junk Drawer
It’s called a junk drawer for a reason: it’s full of junk. And if you’ve already labeled it as junk, why do you even have it?
Of course, your “junk” drawer might have a few useful things in it like sticky notes, pens, paperclips, and notepads. If you choose to keep those things, they won’t add substantial weight or bulk to your move. But the rest of it? If you forgot it was in there, pull out the drawer, open up your trashcan, close your eyes, and dump it. Don’t look twice.
Partially Full Cleaning Supplies
Moving bottles of half-full cleaning supplies takes more space and work than it’s worth. And if you’re hiring professional movers, there’s also a solid chance they won’t be able to transport some of those items.
By law, professional movers cannot transport certain items, such as flammable or hazardous materials. If your cleaning supplies fall into that category, you’ll need to toss them out or move them yourself. Cleaning supplies are inexpensive and you can always run to the store and restock when you get to your new address.
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