A Guide to Moving: What to Keep and What to Discard

Moving interstate or somewhere far is exhausting, to say the least. It involves moving loads of items from the old to the new house and mental adjustments to the new environment. As such, it’s not something that would take only days.

Nevertheless, it should be taken as a great chance to have a fresh start. You might leave good people and memories behind, but you will meet and make new ones. You should be prepared for it. You can use that nerve-wracking feeling to your advantage, too.

For instance, take moving as your chance to fulfill that interior design you’ve always dreamed of by choosing the best house. Or, take the moving day as day 1 of eating healthily or committing to sustainable brands for your essentials. The thought of it can be enough to subdue stress with excitement.

Of course, moving requires a lot of boxing your stuff. Suppose you want to rack up your cupboards, shelves, drawers, and cabinets with the things that will make you feel like you’re blessed with a new beginning. In that case, learn more about packing below.

Clothes and Miscellaneous Items

Years living in your old house and not having cleaned your wardrobe might make you find clothing you never wore, or you don’t see yourself wearing again. Likewise, you realize the same pieces are what have been cramming your cabinet. You don’t want them wasting precious freight space either, right?

There might be clothes that no longer fit you or would rather donate, but you haven’t checked. Now is the time to do so and leave them elsewhere. If you find it challenging, think of how much time you can save without thinking of what to wear on a certain day. This is because you know the clothes you have complement each other. You’ll be surprised to find half of your wardrobe in boxes, having the items you know you will wear routinely.

Now is also the perfect time to let go of the things you used to collect, like toys and cards. They might have only gathered dust in their cabinet. It might be hard, but donating or selling them can give other people the same exhilarating feeling you had when you first bought them.

Bedroom Items

Sure, your mattresses joined you through thick and thin. But think of all the dirt and allergens that accumulated in them throughout the years. Also, think of whether it still gives you the same satisfying comfort as when you first slept on it.

If it’s no longer comfortable to sleep in, ditch it. Ideally, mattresses should be replaced every six to eight years. Bringing the old mattresses all the way to the new house would be impractical. Instead, indulge in shopping for new mattresses in stores before settling in your new hometown. The same should apply to pillows.

When sorting your linen, imagine if they will suit the interior design you aim for the new house. To make it easier for you, stick to a flattering color combination that matches your new bedroom walls. Also, classify them according to your experience of their texture. Those that tend to stay crisp and smooth after days, even during warm seasons, should be shortlisted.

Linen and Decor

One way you can categorize linen and decor like table runners, rugs, curtains, towels, and figurines is by checking whether they suit your new home. Think of whether you will pick a certain design the moment you open the drawer. If you most likely won’t, they’re sure to waste your moving space, and you might donate or sell them instead.


Be careful to prioritize storing important documents like ID cards, academic certificates, contracts, and policies in a unique container for ease of identification. On the other hand, scratch papers, flyers, manuals of obsolete gadgets, and other unnecessary documents must be shredded to prevent breaches in your confidential information.


Move the appliances you know you would rather use than doing manual work. That can be your cordless vacuum cleaner, for instance. On the other hand, ditch those that are too bulky to transport miles away and inconvenient to use. For instance, if the new house has built-in AC units, you can leave the ones in the old house.

Moving is a long process of finding a location with the best accessibility to essential establishments. That also means scouting a reliable moving company, informing loved ones of the move, and finishing loads of paperwork. That can mean up to months before the day of the actual move. So if you want to be on top of every small detail, including the things you own, prepare for the process ahead.

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