What to Keep When Moving

Every new move is a new experience. I choose to look at it as an adventure, but in order for this adventure to go smoothly, I had to learn what to bring with me and what to leave behind. That said, in this article, I’ll discuss what to keep when moving and what not to pack when moving to hopefully make the whole process of moving to a new house easier and less stressful for some of you. When I decided to hire someone to pack my house in my stead, the entire ordeal felt less challenging and it became easier to breathe. With that in mind, the following moving across country advice on the matter of belongings should prove to be quite helpful.

How to Get Rid of Stuff Before Moving

As a hoarder, it was quite difficult for me to do the thorough purge of my belongings the first time around. But the truth is that the majority of items we own now won’t only be redundant in the new home, but have probably been quite useless and ignored for a while. There’s also the matter of the new floorplan and fitting everything properly as well as the style we wish to create. Therefore, I have come up with some guidelines that have worked well for me.

Address the Item’s Value

In the end, it doesn’t matter how much something costs as much as it does what this item means sentimentally and how often we use it in our daily lives. Therefore, when I get stuck on a certain item, I always ask myself the following questions:

  • How often do I really use this?
  • Does this make me happy when I use it?
  • Is this in a good condition?
  • How well will this fit in my new home?

The answers to these questions will tell how to get rid of stuff before moving with no regret. After all, if we don’t use certain items often (or even occasionally), we don’t like it or find it functional anymore, or simply don’t see its place in the new home, it’s definitely a good decision to move it to the list of what not to pack when moving.

On the other hand, when it comes to what to keep when moving, not all answers have to be positive either. If a certain item has a strong sentimental value and makes you happy, feel free to keep it.

Senior man holding cardboard box posing in new house and looking at camera

Consider the Type of Move

When we move locally, within the same city or area, transporting the belongings is not that difficult or costly. I still decided to hire someone to pack my house in those instances, but the actual move and the matter of what to keep and what to discard didn’t bother me as much. However, my moving across country advice is quite different. Chances are that moving to a new house involves a completely different climate and considerably different surroundings compared to the current place. Transporting everything we own won’t only be difficult but also extremely costly. In that respect, most of the larger and heavier furniture pieces and accessories should be left behind.

The Cost of the Move

As mentioned, the cost of the move can skyrocket too quickly if we’re not careful about our belongings. While moving locally means that the cost will be calculated based on the relocation time, long-distance moves are calculated based on the distance and shipment weight. The larger and heavier pieces we have to transport long-distance, the more specialized services we’ll need. This is precisely why the best moving across country advice I can give is to bid farewell to the bulky and heavy belongings.

What Not to Pack When Moving

To make moving to a new house less challenging and the whole matter of decluttering simpler, we won’t only discuss how to get rid of stuff before moving but also list some ideas on the matter. This is a task we have to do on our own at the initial stage of the moving process. I learned the hard way that even when I went to hire someone to pack my house, they would only deal with the packing; essentially, they can’t deal with the declutter instead of the owner. That said, there’s a high chance that the following items can be purged before the move:

  • Clothes – I decided to donate all of the clothing pieces that I haven’t worn for more than a year.
  • Bulky stuff – There’s no need to keep old gadgets such as DVDs, laptops, and other electronic items that don’t work or make no difference.
  • Unnecessary papers – We obviously need our important documentation, but that’s the thing – these are the only papers we need.
  • Bathroom stuff – Get rid of all half-used products from the bathroom as well as ones that are well past their use-by date.
  • Old furniture – As long as the furniture is functional and usable, we can donate it. Moving to a new house is an opportunity to start a new life with new furniture; and also avoid paying an arm and a leg for the transport.
  • Garage items – We really don’t need to transport garden and cleaning chemicals, junk sitting in the garage corner, or damaged tools.
  • Appliances – Moving to a new place gives us the chance to update our appliances. For instance, I used my last move to switch to a more energy-efficient fridge and washing machine.
  • Home décor – If I didn’t like what I saw and found a certain trinket to make me completely indifferent, I left it behind. Also, consider how a certain home décor item will look in the new place.
  • Bedding – I personally decided to keep my sheets and blankets but I sold the mattress in a garage sale as I already decided to let go of the bed and simply get a new one. It might be better to purge everything bedding-wise if we’re looking into a completely different type and/or size of bed for the new place.

Happy young woman moving to new home

What to Keep When Moving

The keep list is considerably more important than the purge list, but it also should be easier to manage. Of course, this will also depend on what we like and need, but the following guide can still make the decision-making simpler:

  • Favorite clothing – Obviously, we should keep the garments that we like and want to wear.
  • Sentimental items – Keep everything that sparks joy. These can be trinkets such as heirlooms and keepsakes, but also home décor items that we simply can’t live without.
  • Important documentation – Things such as birth certificates, driver’s/marriage license, financial records, and similar are all personal documentation that we need.
  • Irreplaceable items – When I say irreplaceable, I don’t only mean stuff that’s actually irreplaceable, such as expensive artwork. I mean everything that’s irreplaceable for you personally; even though I said to get rid of furniture, tech, and appliances, it’s perfectly fine to keep those that we absolutely love.  

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Have you gone through the process of moving homes before? If so, feel free to share your own experience and the list of things you decided to keep. For more moving and packing tips, don’t hesitate to look into our previous articles.