50 Things to Toss When Moving (Or Just Because You Want to Declutter)
by Matt Hermes
on Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 at 1:56pm.
If you’re about to move, you don’t want to take everything with you. That can get heavy—and expensive. At the same time, resist the urge to toss everything out. Even if your stuff doesn’t need to travel with you, that doesn’t mean that its life is over. Sell or donate your items whenever you can.
You can also have a little more fun with it. “Host a moving out party to use up food, booze, wine, decorations, invitations, and more,” suggests Anne Michaelsen, owner of Anne Michaelsen Design. “Even give out party favors of little things you don’t want to move! Use up wrapping paper to gift wrap these.”
I’m no Marie Kondo, but I still divided up the stuff you should get rid of into four categories: “old and used,” “it’s multiplying,” “what is that?” and “this doesn’t go there.” You will have to think about the things you use regularly and the logistics of your move—but, I promise I won’t force you to have strong feelings about your toaster.
The old and used
Be honest with yourself: You have stuff that stopped being useful when the Rachel haircut was still in style. Now that you’re moving, it’s time to reassess. Nix the things that are actually trash. Recycle or re-home other stuff when you can.
1. Clothes that don’t fit 2. Shoes you wore once and then hid in a hamper 3. Outdated electronics like old phones or VHS players 4. Posters you bought in college 5. Expired food 6. Expired medications 7. Expired makeup 8. Stray cords 9. Non-essential paperwork–shred it 10. Worn sheets and towels 11. Shower curtains—these can get gross,get a new one 12. Instruction manuals 13. Tax returns—shred and keep an electronic copy on the cloud 14. Old bills and receipts
It’s multiplying: The stuff you have too much of
If you’re like me, you don’t realize that you have enough office supplies, so you keep buying them over and over. The same can be said for a lot of things we seem to amass, especially when we live someplace for a while. Moving is a great time to take stock of what you have. Sell, donate, or give away any excess that someone else can use.
15. Dishes 16. Cookware 17. Glasses and cups 18. Stained or mismatched containers 19. Spices, especially ones you bought a decade ago 20. Clips, twists, odds and ends 21. Basically, your entire junk drawer 22. Towels that don’t match or have discoloration 23. Tools you’ve never used (and have no plans for using) 24. Extra vases or knickknacks 25. Water bottles 26. Pens—you only need a few 27. Office supplies 28. Any more than two sets of sheets 29. Unused blankets or comforters 30. Excess luggage—you only need at most three pieces per person 31. Chargers and other miscellaneous electronics
What is that? AKA that stuff at the back of your closet
If you haven’t seen your stuff in years, it may be time to reevaluate your relationship with it.
32. Books you’ve had for years and never read—get them at the library instead 33. Old magazines 34. Obsolete formats like VHS, cassette tapes, or CDs (if you don’t use them) 35. Appliances and gadgets you don’t use 36. Holiday decorations that stay in storage—even when it’s the holidays 37. Toys or games your kids have outgrown 38. Unused serving dishes 39. A big one: Kirsten Fisher, a professional organizer, is officially giving you permission to get rid of “gifts you hate but are keeping out of guilt” 40. Baby gear, especially if you aren’t planning to have another one 41. Broken stuff that isn’t easily fixed 42. Old greeting cards 43. Clothes that don’t look good on you
This doesn’t go there: Anything that isn’t a good fit for your new place
Odds are, your new digs are going to be different from your old place. In some circumstances, this may change what you should bring with you, what you’ll use, and even what might fit.
“Donate anything that you won’t use at your new place,” advises Eileen Roth, author of “Organizing for Dummies.” “For instance, if you’re moving to a warm climate and you no longer need a snow shovel or sled, donate them. Keep that winter coat and a pair of boots in case you return for a visit. If you’re moving to a condo, you probably won’t need gardening tools or a hose. If you have a pool now, and your new place doesn’t, you can probably get rid of your pool toys.”
44. Filters for your current AC unit 45. Lighting made specifically for your current fixtures 46. Curtains 47. DIY decor items like flooring, wallpaper, tile, and paint 48. Dining room set 49. Bedroom set 50. Sectional furniture