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Emotional Attachments: Keep or Toss When Moving?

Reports show that more than 31 million Americans move each year. That means millions of people forge through all the hassles of uprooting their lives, moving, and setting up shop in a new place. Tying up numerous loose ends; arranging to have the utilities discontinued at their current homes; figuring out which utility providers are available in their new locations; and having the electricity, water, gas, internet, and other essentials connected at their new homes are frustrating enough, but that’s only part of the process.

When the time comes to move, packing your belongings, having them transferred to the new home, distributing them to their appropriate rooms, and unpacking them are also significant challenges. As you’re scheduling moving services for the big day, think about how you can lighten the load on the movers as well as yourself. Most people would like to get rid of much of their unnecessary bulk and clutter instead of taking it with them to a new home, but deciding which items to keep and which ones to toss out isn’t easy. Take a look at the following tips to help make it simpler.

1) Clothes that Don’t Fit

Most people feel the need to hang onto clothes that just don’t fit them anymore. Some may have gained weight, but they’re keeping their old clothes in case they lose those extra pounds again. Others may have lost significant amounts of weight, but they want to hold onto the clothes that are now too big just in case they gain it back. In many cases, people hold onto clothes their children have outgrown because they just can’t bear to let go of them.

Though it’s fine to keep a few special items that may have significant meanings, getting rid of the majority of those old clothes will greatly reduce the amount of unnecessary clutter you’ll take with you when you move. Keep in mind, this also applies to clothes that don’t fit your style or personality. Countless people buy clothes on a whim or receive them as gifts only to toss them into the closet and never touch them again. As a general rule of thumb, if you don’t wear it, get rid of it.

2) Unused Kitchen Gear

Dishes, cookware, utensils, kitchen gadgets, and small appliances are among the most common items people accumulate over time. Some become essential tools we can’t live without, but many ultimately just take up unnecessary space. As is the rule with clothing, if you don’t use it, throw it out or donate it.

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3) Items that Are Specific to Your Old Home

Quite a few people also feel a need to hold onto items that were essential for their old homes but are practically useless for their new ones. These include curtains and blinds, some types of rugs, HVAC filters, and lighting accessories to name a few. Many of those items won’t even work in your new home because there are so many different window sizes, HVAC systems, types of lighting, flooring styles, and other elements. If something is made for your current home but might prove useless in the new one, it shouldn’t be moving with you.

This rule also applies to items that might be too large or small for the new home. For example, if you’re downsizing from a large home to a small apartment, the sectional sofa, baby grand piano, and side-by-side refrigerator with a full-size freezer may not even fit into your new space. In addition to taking stock of your belongings, take numerous measurements of the new home and your larger items to make sure they’ll actually fit in the space you’ll have. There’s no need to move them if they won’t.

All Things Considered

Emotional attachments and the notion that something might be useful at some point have a way of cluttering up people’s lives. They can also cause a great deal of unnecessary work and hassle when it comes time to move. Anything you don’t use or that works in one home but won’t in another, shouldn’t make the move with you. Getting rid of all the excess will help make not only moving but settling into your new home much simpler and less stressful.

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