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What to Keep & What to Throw Away When Moving

What to Keep & What to Throw Away When Moving

Tuesday, October 04, 2022

There is nothing more stressful than preparing for a big move. So many things have to come together to make the big day happen. 

The perfect home priced right in the right area, a solid moving plan, and a quality moving company are just a few things that must be in place before moving. However, while it is easy to get lost in the big picture of moving, sometimes digging into the dirty details is just as important. 

One thing often overlooked is what to keep and what to get rid of when moving to a new home. If you are about to move, there is no reason to take everything along for the ride.

Not only can that get heavy, but expensive when you are hiring a moving company to move things for you. 

What to Keep & What to Throw Away When Moving or Relocating

It is equally important not to simply throw everything away. Just because something isn't needed immediately, you may need it later on.

In this guide, we will help give you tips on what to keep and what to get rid of before your next move. 

What to Keep

First off, the keep list. It is very important to simply not leave everything behind just because you are moving. 

While it may be attractive to start fresh with all new things, the cost of that could get very expensive. It is also important to think about the future value of possessions when deciding on what to keep during your move. Here is a list of things to keep that you will want to hold on to. 

1. Personal Records

This is super important. Some of these records are extremely hard to replace. Items such as marriage licenses, birth certificates, social security cards, and financial records are extremely important to hold on to. 

2. Difficult to Replace Items

Some personal items hold special sentimental or, in some cases, monetary value. Own one-of-a-kind art or old family heirlooms? It is probably wise to keep them. If you need to own it and you can't replace it, it should probably come with you.

3. Day Bag

Putting together a moving day bag is a helpful piece of advice that we all wish we had known when we were younger. Making sure that there are a few changes of clothes and any needed hygiene items packed away for your move can make things way more comfortable. Not only does it ensure that you have what you need, but it keeps you from having to dig for daily necessities.

Things to Get Rid Of

Sometimes it is better to simply get rid of items that are collecting dust. While you can simply throw these things away, selling or donating items that you don't need is better for the environment and, in the case of donating, may help someone in need. Here is a list of things that you should almost always get rid of during a move.

1. Excess Clothing

More often than not, we keep clothes that never make it outside of our closet. If you haven't worn it in the last few months (excluding seasonal selections), you probably won't wear it again. Consider donating lightly used clothing to the local homeless shelter or Goodwill.

2. Trash

It is human nature to collect, and sometimes we collect trash. Old appliances, books, and goofy presents that have never been used can take up a lot of space. These things are often held on to out of pure laziness and should be gotten rid of before a move.

3. Multiples of Things

If you have more than one of something (aside from something considered a set), maybe you should get rid of one of them. Simply pick the better of the two and let the other one go, either to the dump or the local consignment shop.

4. Food

Food hardly ever lasts through a move, especially if it needs refrigeration. While there are some exceptions, such as moving right next door, it’s better to either eat or donate instead of risking throwing it later due to spoilage. 

5. Unnecessary Paper

Have a collection of receipts or bills hidden away in a junk drawer somewhere? Maybe it is time to get rid of them. More often than not, these piles of pulp are no longer needed and can take up a surprising amount of space, especially when moving. Trash them, burn them, shred them – whatever it takes.

6. Old Electronics

Sometimes it is just time to get rid of old tech that you have been hanging on to. From time to time, classic technology may find itself back in the graces of the younger generation (just think of record players), but more often than not, it simply becomes obsolete. Donate or toss it, and don't look back on your old, outdated technology.

Regardless of what you decide to keep or throw away, working with a quality moving company can ensure that the stress of moving can be minimized. Appalachian Movers Transport is your Hendersonville, NC, moving company. Whether you are moving across town or the country, Appalachian Movers Transport has you covered with :

  • Full packing services
  • Car hauling
  • Blanket-wrapped fragile freight moving
  • Short and long-distance moving
  • Short notice expedited moving services
  • Piano moving
  • Liftgate and ramp service.

Appalachian Movers Transport is Hendersonville's professional relocation company. We can transport you anywhere in the country or simply a few blocks away. Moving is simple and stress-free while working with Appalachian Movers Transport. 

In Asheville and Hendersonville, we have dominated the moving business since 2004. We do pretty much every kind of relocation, including home, office, and automobile moves. We have valid insurance and are authorized in 48 states. We can move up to 10,000 pounds of freight and have the equipment for flights.

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