How to Know What to Toss When Moving Out
You never really realize just how much stuff you acquire until it is time for you to move out. Those projects that you put aside with the intention of working on them at a later date, when you found the time is just one example. Or what about those clothes that you always kept just in case you ever got back to the same size you were in high school? If you have kids, you will be amazed at the things that materialize from under their beds and from within the depth of their closets when you are packing up their rooms.
If you are like most people, you quickly realize that you do not want to have to pack up all of this stuff, only to have to unpack it at your new home. Getting rid of your extra belongings is a good idea and not really that hard to accomplish if you have a system.
The following tips will help you get started.
If it’s Broken, Toss It
Unless the item has a great deal of sentimental or monetary value, if it is broken, toss it. This goes for those odds and ends of a woodworking or craft project that you always meant to finish. If you haven’t done so by now, the chances are you won’t get around to it at your new home either.
If It Doesn’t Fit, Toss It
Even if you wind up being the same size you were in high school with buff arms and six-pack abs, your old school clothes are going to be seriously outdated. Instead, toss them — or better yet, donate them to your local non-profit agency — and buy yourself some new threads when you reach your goal weight.
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If You Haven’t Used it in a Year, Toss It
Whether this means a nifty fondue set you got at your wedding five years ago that you only used once or that old lawn mower you keep meaning to fix, if you haven’t used it in a year, it’s time for it to head to the landfill or a local thrift store. This goes for anything missing the parts needed for it to work correctly, such as games and hobby equipment.
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