It’s true what they say—you don’t know what you’ve got…until it’s time to move. Then it suddenly becomes clear that you have way too much of everything.
As exciting as moving can be (and it is exciting!), it can also be a time of stress as you try to figure out what needs to move to the new place…and what needs to go.
As one of Sydney’s most reputable removal companies, we’re here to help. That’s why we created a list of 4 things you should get rid of before you move. Not only will getting rid of this stuff make you feel better, but it could save you money on the cost of your move…and that is always a good thing.
1. Old Stuff
We hang onto things for a variety of reasons and, if we’re honest with ourselves, we often don’t know why except for the fact that the stuff has always been there. Getting rid of old items may require some tough love on yourself, but it is necessary.
Consider getting rid of old items like:
- Clothing – How many of us have a section in the closet or drawer in our dresser dedicated to clothing that no longer fits? And there’s probably enough clothing in the kids’ closets that they no longer wear or have outgrown to fill an entire…well, closet.
- Electronics – That big-box television you’ve kept since college or the old VHS player and tapes you enjoyed as a child can probably go away.
- Foods, medications, and makeup – Start checking expiration dates on items in your pantry, refrigerator, and medicine cabinet, and get rid of anything that is expired.
2. Unused Stuff
Your family likely has tons of stuff they no longer use. Now is the perfect time to get rid of such items, like:
- Toys and board games your kids no longer play with
- Books you’ve had for years for have never read
- Recreational equipment you no longer use like golf clubs, skis, kayaks, and/or camping equipment
- Shoes you no longer wear
It’s easy to collect multiples of the same thing over the years, and now is a great time to pare down and get rid of all the extras you just don’t need.
Consider getting rid of:
- Extra glasses – You may have multiple sets of wine glasses, champagne flutes, or pint glasses. Keep the ones you love and get rid of the rest.
- Dishware – You want to have plenty of dishes on hand when company comes to visit your new place, but any extra plates and bowls can go. The same is true for serving pieces, bakeware, pots and pans.
- Old plasticware – It’s a well-known truth that plastic food storage containers have the ability to multiply all on their own, leaving you with a plethora of tubs and lids…but never a matching amount because that’s just one of their rules. Go through the cabinet or drawer that holds your plasticware, match up tubs to lids and get rid of any outliers or pieces that are cracked or stained.
4. Anything That Won’t Work in Your New Place
There’s no point in paying to move items that you won’t use in your new place, so consider getting rid of things that are old-home specific like:
- Curtains and drapes that were custom created for windows in your old home (unless you love them and can have them modified to fit in your new space…then do that)
- Filters (including those for air conditioners, refrigerators, and sinks) that won’t fit the items in your new home.
- Partially full cans of paint left over from painting your old home that won’t be used in the new space.
You might be wondering what you should do with all the items you’ve decided won’t make the move with you. An easy option is to schedule a garage sale prior to your move. You’d be amazed what people buy (including old electronics that are in good working order). Not only will a garage sale help you get rid of your junk, but it will also bring in a surprising amount of cash that can be used to offset the cost of your move.
Items that don’t sell can be loaded up and donated to various organisations. Libraries often love receiving book donations and op shops and charitable organisations will accept items in good condition. Anything that is broken, torn, or badly stained should be disposed of in the garbage.
Once you have your clutter culled and your amount of stuff reduced, you’ll be ready to hire a reliable team of removalists to make quick work of your move. When that time comes, we hope you’ll contact us at Holloway Removals. We’ll create for you a custom quote including only the services you need and nothing you don’t.
Make your move the right way…with Holloway.