Moving offers you a unique opportunity to go through all your items and choose what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of. Facing a home full of items to go through can be a little overwhelming, though, which is why it is essential to know what you should keep and what you should focus on getting rid of.
Going through your items before your movers arrive to help you pack things up will make the packing and unpacking process go smoother when everything you are packing is something you know you need and is in the right place.
What to Keep
As you go through all your belongings, it is important to know what you should save and safeguard. You will want to keep items that have both a functional and personal value to you that you use.
Personal Records- You will want to gather all personal records, such as birth certificates, social security cards, and other important documents. Gather and keep all these items in one secure location.
Irreplaceable Items- Save items that there is no way you can replace, such as artwork or antiques that you couldn't easily find and replace.
Precious Memory Items- Any item with a significant sentimental value or that provokes a precious memory is something you should keep.
Comfort Items- If you have an item that brings you, your child, or your pet, comfort, such as a specific blanket, toy, or movie, make sure you keep it.
Useful Appliances- If you have any appliances you use on a daily or regular basis, you will want to bring them with you.
What to Get Rid of
When you go through your home, you want to make sure you are getting rid of items you don't use or need. It can be easy to keep everything, which is why it can be helpful to know what to focus on getting rid of as you go through your home. Focus on getting rid of old items and items that you don't use regularly and don't need.
Unused Appliances- As you go through your home, each time you find a small gadget or appliance, ask yourself when the last time you used that item and how often you used it. For example, perhaps you purchased an air fryer but only used it once, or you bought a laminator machine for crafting projects but have only used it once. Let go of your expectations for the item and get rid of it.
Old Linens- Just because it is usable doesn't mean that you have to keep it. Get rid of old towels that no longer have the same texture they once did. Get rid of sheets that don't feel comfortable. You may be able to donate these items to an animal shelter.
Clothing- Any clothing that is damaged and you have not fixed needs to go. Any clothing that doesn't fit, and hasn't fit for a long time, needs to go.
Old Media- Let go of your media collection if you don't use it anymore. If you can't remember the last time you even used a CD, get rid of your CD collection.
Expired Items- Check anything with an expiration date and get rid of anything that is expired.
Take time to go through items in your home, let go of things you don't use or like and keep things you use and have meaning. This will leave you and your professional movers with fewer things to move on moving day and allow you to make sure everything is in the right room and the right area on packing day.
Be sure to hire professional home movers to help with packing and moving in advance of your moving date.