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How to Get Rid of Items Before a Move: Room by Room

How to Get Rid of Items Before a Move: Room by Room








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Cheaply Made Furniture
It’s time to toss that end table. Cheaply made furniture is easily damaged during a move so you might end up replacing it after you settle into your new home.

Old Movies, Games & Toys
If you still have some movies on VHS, it might be time to evaluate if you will ever watch them again. The same goes for games and toys that you hold onto for sentimental value alone.

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Kitchen: What to Throw Away

Unused Appliances

That hand mixer you thought you needed to bust out holiday cookies like a seasoned chef? If it’s still in a sealed box, it’s time to part ways.

Pots and Pans That Need Replacing
If you’ve been telling yourself to replace the beat-up frying pan each time you use it, get rid of it before moving.

Home Office: What to Get Rid Of

Books You’ve Never Read
You bought “Eat, Pray, Love” with the best intentions, but all it’s done is collect dust on your bookshelf for years. Donate them to a book drive or your library – you can always go back and borrow a copy later.

Extra Office Supplies
No home office needs three staplers, a hundred empty file folders and a drawer full of miscellaneous promotional items. Donate what you can and trash the rest.

Closets: What to Donate

Extra Linens and Blankets
There is no reason to have five sets of sheets for one bed and seven blankets. Give them to a local charity if they are in good shape – if not, throw them away.







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Anything That You’ve Never Used
This is all inclusive for memorabilia, gifts you don’t love, family heirlooms and inherited items. If you can’t remember the last time the item saw the light of day, donate or toss it.


Get Rid of Clutter

With this list to get you started, you’ll enjoy a hassle-free moving day that will be here before you know it. Looking for more decluttering advice? Check out our Ridiculously Thorough Guide to Decluttering Your Home for tips that cover every room in your house.

Have a lot of decluttering to do before your move? Consider setting up a dumpster rental to handle junk removal for a larger clean out.

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