Moving can be a huge undertaking, especially when it comes to packing your belongings. One way to make things easier for your move is to start the purging process early by going through all of your unwanted or unused items. While parting with your belongings may seem difficult, clearing out some of your things can make the moving process much easier.

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Purge Your Home Before Moving

It can be tempting to hang on to things you don’t often use, especially if they may come in handy one day. However, if you aren’t using a specific item, it doesn’t make much sense to include it in your move. By clearing out some of your old or unused items before you move, you can save time with your packing and save money on the cost of moving.

Whether you plan to use a professional service like Osmon Moving and Storage or use your own vehicle to make your move, purging your items is a great idea. Let’s take a closer look at a few tips to help you purge your home before you move.

Clear Your Closets

For all the fashionistas out there, just the thought of clearing out their closets may give them the chills, but it can be a necessary process that will help the moving process easier. Most of us have more than one item buried in our closets that we never wear. It’s time to fling open your closet doors and get to work.

Many places are happy to take donations of lightly used clothing so your discarded items can be useful. Here are a few guidelines to help you start purging your closets:

  • If there are items in your closet that you haven’t worn for over a year, it’s probably time to get rid of them
  • Items that no longer fit should be donated or sent to the tailor if you have your heart set on keeping them
  • Any damaged or heavily worn items should be thrown away
  • Out of fashion items are not likely to come back into style before moving and should be thrown away or donated

Unwanted or Unused Items

If you are like most homeowners, your house is probably filled with many items that you don’t use, or that you don’t want to take with you on your move. Older furnishings, out-of-date electronics, and out-of-style decor items are items that you can start to get rid of when getting ready for your move. There is no reason to move everything you currently have in your house if you won’t be using them or have room in your new home. To help you make decisions about your older furnishings, you should draw out a floorplan of your new home to help you visualize what you will need to take and what should be donated.

Appliances and Electronics

If you have older appliances or electronics or need repair, you may want to donate them or trash them before you move. Many places will accept your older devices for donation if they are in working order and are within modern safety standards. If your appliance or electronics are not working and can’t be donated, you may want to contact some of the electronics big box stores to find out about their appliance removal programs.

Getting ready to move into a new home can be a lot of work. If you start early and follow these tips, you can purge your home of unwanted or unused items in your home to help you make your move easier.