Where to Find Things to Get Rid of Before You Move
If you’re planning a move, you’ve already got a lot on your mind. You need to fill out change of address forms, you have to change your info on all sorts of places online, and then you have to figure out how to pack everything carefully so that it doesn’t break and can be found easily when you get where you’re going.
Don’t let the junk that you don’t need follow you to your new home. Here’s a few of the places you’re likely to find stuff you can throw out or donate before you start packing for the big move.
The Closet – We’ve all got stuff in our closet that we never wear old shoes, clothes that no longer fit, formal-wear from previous events, suits and ties, you name it. It may not seem like much on its own, but unworn clothing produces a lot of unnecessary bulk when you’re packing. Consider donating it instead of bringing it with you.
Kitchen Cabinets & Pantry – For starters, throw out everything that’s already past its expiration date. If you’re like most of us, that’s probably a good 25% of what’s in your kitchen. Check the dates, toss anything old, and recycle the boxes and bottles. Next, take a look at kitchen gadgets that you never use, mismatched glasses and cups, and all the plastic containers that don’t have lids anymore.
The Kids’ Rooms – Clothes that they’ve outgrown. Toys they no longer play with. Toys that are absolutely broken. Books they never read. Old school supplies that they no longer use. Homework from years past that is still lying around, taking up space and making a mess. If your kids no longer want it and it doesn’t have any meaning to you, it’s time to let it go.
The Garage & Basement – Here’s where the real fun begins. Think about it. When something doesn’t have a place in the rest of the house anymore, where does it usually end up? The garage or basement. This can include just about anything: Exercise machines that you bought with the best of intentions but never use. Old sporting equipment that hasn’t seen the field in years. Hobby supplies. The leftover stuff from that home remodel you did a few years back. You name it, you may find it in your garage or basement.
Bathroom Cabinets – Honestly, when did you last clean out the bathroom cabinet? It’s a graveyard of old medicine bottles (which should be disposed of properly), those fancy bath soaps that your mother-in-law got you that you never remember to use, old makeup and perfume bottles, nail polish (and remover), shampoo, hand towels, and so on. Get rid of what you’re not using so you don’t have to move it!
Even after you’ve gotten rid of everything that you can get rid of, though, you may still need some extra room at the new house. You want your new home to be a fresh start and free from clutter, after all. For all those things, there’s Providence Self Storage.