Keep Or Toss: 4 Ways to Decide What to Throw Away Before Moving

Keep Or Toss: 4 Ways to Decide What to Throw Away Before Moving

So, you have recently found a new place to live and you are utterly ecstatic to settle in. There is just one problem: the whole moving process can be a pain in the neck if you choose the wrong professional moving company. Even with an enthusiastic group of movers, getting everything organized can be quite a headache.

The first step of organizing your big move if making that first big decision of what things you really want to keep with you when you move to your new house and which things you would prefer to throw away. A lot of the things you have collected over the years may seem tremendously important to you at first glance, but you know that you can’t take everything with you.

Here is a quick, comprehensive guide on how to decide what to keep and what to throw away before a big move:

1. Start with the essential things

First things first, you need to gather all of your essential items. This means things that you can’t get by without, like legal documents (birth certificates, marriage license, tax documents, etc.) and such. Irreplaceable things like family photos and other family heirlooms. These should be set aside from everything else and marked as the most essential moving items. It is also important to keep an eye on this box during the moving process to ensure that it is never misplaced or accidentally tossed out.

2. Keep the expensive things

Another set of objects that should be a priority are your expensive goods, like electronics and expensive decor that holds a deeper meaning to you. These should be categorized as moving items that are not irreplaceable, but are considerably more difficult to replace than other objects. That is, as long as these expensive objects still have a use, otherwise they can be sold off in a garage sale or online.

3. Keep the things you use every day

This may sound obvious, but make sure you create a separate category for the objects you use every day. These items will likely be at the forefront of your mind, so it should not be difficult to collect them up and keep them separate. This prevents you from having to go through your packing boxes to get that one thing you know that you will need for work tomorrow, or going through another box to get that thing that you always take with you on your jog, etc.

4. Ask yourself the big questions about the object

When confronted with an object that you aren’t sure whether or not you want to keep, you should ask yourself the big questions: Do I like it? Will I ever get around to finding a use for this thing? Is this part of a project I’m working on that I might never get around to finishing? If I need it in the future, is it easy to replace? What are the pros and cons to keeping this thing? These should all help inform your decision on whether or not to keep the item in question.

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