Everyone loves a clutter-free house, but for most of us, clutter tends to creep back in despite our best efforts. As you prepare to move, cast a cold eye on your belongings. This is no time for sentimentality, and your new clutter-free home will be your reward.

Here are 8 items you’ll want to leave behind when you move:

1. Leave Behind Clothing You Haven’t Worn in the Past Year

It’s okay if you haven’t worn that pretty winter jacket since last winter. But if you haven’t worn it since you wore braces (it’s actually a little snug), now’s the time to find a new home for it. It’s likely that you will never miss the clothes you purge now.

Pro Tip: At the beginning of every season turn all your clothes inside out in your drawer and on hangers. Anything that goes unworn that season, goes.

2. Dump Expired Bathroom Items Before You Move

Beauty products and medicines go bad. Medicines and vitamins will have expiration dates—if they’re old, toss them. For cosmetics, a rule of thumb is six months for liquids and 18 months for dry makeup.

Makeup TOSS IT . . .
Mascara 1 year
Foundation 1 year
Concealer 12-18 months
Powder 18 months
Blush/bronzer 18 months
Cream blush 12-18 months
Eye shadow 18 months
Eyeliner 18 months
Liquid eyeliner 6 months
Eyeliner 18 months
Liquid eyeliner 6 months
Lipstick/lip gloss 18 months
Lip liner 1 year
Nail polish 1 year
Makeup sponges Wash after each use, then throw away after a month

3. Purge Those Papers Before You Move

Paper is heavy and takes up a lot of room. You need to keep important documents such as real estate and financial records. But you don’t need monthly bills, etc. You can find owner’s manuals online or scans paperwork onto your computer you’re unsure about.

Related Article: Tips for Packing Up Paperwork Before Your Move

4. Leave Behind Outdated Reading Material

If you’re not going to read it again, do you really need to keep it? If you can find it in the library, do you really need to pack it up, move it, and find a place for it in your new, clutter-free space?

Related Article: 4 Practical Ways to Get Rid of Unwanted Stuff

5. Don’t Move Broken or Damaged Items

Get rid of broken furniture before you move. If you haven’t repaired it by now, chances are you never will. If it’s missing a piece, if it’s rusty, or if you have to fix it before using it, leave it behind.

6. Think Geography When You Move

You won’t need your parka in L.A. or your surfboard in Buffalo. If you’re planning to store items in case they’re needed in the future—don’t. Instead, for your happiness, get the items you need for your new place.

7. Leave Behind Old Bedding

Old mattresses weigh a ton and are best replaced at your new home (most mattresses should be replaced in 7 years). Unload old bulky blankets, too—they take up a lot of space while moving and you won’t be glad to see the shabby ones when you unpack.

8. Large Old Electronics Can Stay Behind, Too

Times change, and nothing changes faster than electronics. Old computers, DVD players, and stereo equipment can be donated or sold at a garage sale. Oh and that giant TV from 1999 your old roommate left you…let it go.

Related Article: How to have an awesome moving sale

Once you’ve purged, and you’re ready to move the lean and mean items that remain, call Few Moves Moving Company. We’ll listen to all your moving needs (even if you can’t let go of Aunt Zelda’s armoire) and set up a convenient, professional move that meets all of your needs. Need help packing? We do that too! Call Few Moves at (910) 512-6999 in Wilmington, NC or (919) 999-6201 in Raleigh, NC, or request a free online quote to get started on your move!

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