Moving to a new home is a perfect opportunity to let go and purge items that you no longer want or need. It may be difficult to let go of some times that have sentimental value, but if you don’t have enough space in your new home or you’re trying to cut your moving costs, you need to be smart in choosing what you bring with you. In addition to lowering moving costs, downsizing will give you more room for new items in your new home, as well as an opportunity to choose new items and furniture for your new room or the entire home.

Whether you’re hiring professional removalists or you’re opting for a DIY move, decluttering offers a lot of benefits and this has been proven by many individuals who have plenty of experience in moving. No matter the size of the move, packing and preparing your belongings can be challenging. Hence, proper preparation is required to make sure you will only take items that you will need and use in your new home.

It is a general rule that anything that you haven’t used or in the last six months must go. If you have not used any of these items in your old home, it is highly likely that you won’t need them in your new home as well.

Here are other tips you can follow in getting rid of items you no longer need.

Toss worn-out and overused items

Over the years, some items would just accumulate in your home. Before packing your items into boxes or containers, check the condition of each item. If there are any items that are too old or are already worn out, toss them out. This will help avoid wasting space on items that you will have to replace soon after the move.

Whilst you go around checking various items, check out the supplies in your pantry and bathroom to check out the expiration dates of food supplies and medicines. Toss out anything that’s past its prime. This helps save space that you can use for other items that you’d like to take.

Donate or sell unused items or appliances

If you have unused items or appliances that are still in very good condition, consider donating, selling, or giving them away. If there are items that will be useful in your new home, carefully consider the cost of moving such items before making any decisions on whether you will take or leave them.

It may be hard to let go of items that are in peak condition, but you have to make practical decisions in choosing which item moves with you. If moving the item costs more than buying a new one, let someone else have it and just buy one when you reach your new home. This way, you can save time packing and moving the item and you can have a newer item that is suitable for your new residence.

Use available supplies before the move

One of the ways to save money whilst preparing for moving day is by using up all available supplies in your home instead of buying new ones as the moving day approaches. If you still have plenty of food supplies, create a meal plan where you can use available ingredients to lessen the amount of food you need to toss out during the moving day. Do the same with cleaning supplies so you won’t have to take them with you. Some cleaning supplies are also not suitable for moving as they increase the risk of damaging other goods. Check with your removalist about prohibited items and leave them behind.