Moving Or Scaling Down
Moving? Check out these 65 tips?
7 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD GET RID OF STUFF
1.Time.Start getting rid of things months before you move so that you have the time to sort through what you will keep and what you will trash. It actually takes longer to get of stuff than it does to pack it!
2. Money.Plan to make money, at a garage sale, eBay, or Craig’s List, with your more valuable items. Clear out a space in your home or garage for items you’ll sell, so they don’t get mixed up with items for the trash or for donation.
3. Energy.Holding onto things takes up emotional energy (that’s why they call it baggage – it’s heavy!) Conversely, getting rid of things makes room for space in your life. Don’t believe me? Take a carload of stuff to Goodwill and tell me you don’t feel better afterwards.
4. Progress.You’ll be surprised how much progress you can make in justone hour a week. If your move is imminent, four hours a week.
5. Unlock potential.If it’s dusty, you haven’t used it recently. Get rid of it. Someone else will get lots of use out of it, so holding onto it is just preventing this item from reaching its full potential! It’s so sad that some of our perfectly good things never see the light of day. Let them free!
6. Downsize.The less stuff you have, the less you’ll want and theless you’ll spend. What a relief!
7. Fun.Plus, the less time you spend managing all your stuff and your household, the more time you have for what is important: spending time with people!
Use this list to help you comb through your home, instead of hiring someone to help you clean out your closets and storage spaces.
WHAT TO GET RID OF IN THE KITCHEN
1. Appliances you haven’t used in two years
2. Extra sets of knives or mismatched knives
3. Mismatched dishes and serving ware
4. Little used kitchen tools and utensils
5. Small appliances that are broken
6. Old cookbooks
7. Surplus water bottles, travel coffee cups
8. Untouched spices, teas, sauces, etc.
WHAT TO GET RID OF IN THE BASEMENT OR GARAGE
9. Scrap wood
10. Old tools you don’t have a use for any longer
11. Paint from your old house that you’ll never use again (many cities collect completely empty latex paint cans as part of regular household trash day). You can also leave for new owners!
12. Surplus camping gear (like that second cooler we have in the basement!)
13. Misc. construction materials, like sheetrock, insulation, windows, plywood, etc.
14. Surplus gardening supplies (how many cheap plastic plant containers do i have in my basement???)
15. Extra garden hoses. Do you really need more than one?
16. Extra parts to appliances that you never use
17. Any furniture you have in your attic or basement, unless it’s use is imminent
18. Yard decorations like tiki torches, garden gnomes and other items gathering dust
19. Anything broken that has been waiting to be fixed for more than 6 months
WHAT TO GET RID OF IN THE BATHROOM
20. Cosmetics, beauty supplies, lotions, and creams that have expired
21. Beauty samples you still haven’t used
22. Products that you’ve used and don’t like.
23. Dingy shower curtains that can’t be cleaned with bleach or hydrogen peroxide.
24. Medicine and pills that have expired.
25. Old beauty tools that you don’t use, like an old hair dryer or curlers.
26. Outdated artwork or wall decorations that have fallen out of favor.
WHAT TO GET RID OF IN THE LINEN CLOSET
27. Old towels. Animal shelters and even vets often accept towels and old sheets.
28. Old sheets. Are you really going to use them again?
28. Extra blankets, comforters, covers, quilts or sheets (these really do come in handy at shelters!)
29. Old sewing supplies you don’t use.
WHAT TO GET RID OF IN YOUR OFFICE
30. Filed paperwork. Bebrutally honest about what you actually need to keep. Scale down and lighten your load! Old warranty files that you no longer have the item.
31. Surplus wrapping and gift materials. Mismatched cards and envelopes (guilty as charged!)
32. Office supplies you are not going to use in the next two years. I have way more file folders than I’ll ever use because I repurpose old ones for new files by covering the label with a new label.
33. Books you’ve been meaning to read for the past three years!
34. Old media, like LPs, cassettes, and DVDs, turn them intoa digital copy.
35. Old office furniture that you don’t use or that is uncomfortable.
WHAT TO GET RID OF IN YOUR BEDROOM
36. Surplus clothes, or clothes you haven’t worn in 2 years. Easier said than done. Take them to a consignment shop. This rule goes for men as well.
37. Old jewelry that you don’t wear anymore
38. Most of what is under your bed.
39. Surplus dress shirts, jackets, blazers. You could help someone who needs professional clothes to land a job!
40. Accessories you don’t wear anymore, like scarves, wraps, handbags, date purses.
41. Socks and underwear with holes
42. Clothes that no longer fit
43. Shoes you never wear!
44. Unused fabric or material that you don’t have imminent plans to use.
45. Old medals and participation tokens or certificates (or wherever you keep them!)
WHAT TO GET RID OF IN YOUR LIVING ROOM
46. Old media (hot garage sale item!)
47. Old picture frames thathave fallen out of favor
48. Books you’re not going to read again.
49. Lamps that don’t work.
50. Extra lamps or lampshades.
51. Old games you don’t play anymore or that your kids or grandkids have outgrown.
52. Old toys and clothes that the kids or grandkids don’t wear anymore
WHAT TO GET RID OF IN YOUR MUDROOM, ENTRY WAY, OR HALL CLOSET
53. Surplus hats and visors and caps. Let each person have two hats per season.
54. Outer wear you never put on, like scarves.
55. Coats that no longer fit or are out of style.
WHAT TO GET RID OF IN YOUR ATTIC
56. Rugs that have been waiting to be unfurled for more than 3 years
57. Surplus traveling bags, roller bags, and suitcases
58. Furniture that is broken orin questionable condition.
59. Your kid’s old artwork and school items.
60. Excess sleeping bags or camping gear.
61. Sentimental stuff that you don’t need, you know, like old trunks.
62. College textbooks and reports.
63. Old mattresses.
64. Any clothes hanging in the attic. That’s a pretty good indication you’re not going to wear them anymore.
65. Extra kitchen gear or appliances. Donate or sell it!
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