I think most people can agree that we have “too much stuff!”  Moving is a great time to de-clutter your life and start fresh somewhere new. Here is a list of things that you may have not considered eliminating but would be a great start to a less cluttered space.

Food: Consider your move a fresh start, pun intended. Don’t just pack everything into a box until you have looked at all expiration dates and throw away what is expired. That half gallon of milk? Chances are, it won’t stay cold anyways during your move, and you don’t want to take the risk of eating sour or spoiled food. Canned goods, although thought to have a long shelf life, DO go bad. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

Appliances: Yes, you just purchased that beautiful side-by-side stainless steel refrigerator a few short years ago, but is it worth the trouble of moving? Many moving companies charge more to move appliances, and they can be very awkward to move. It’s not even a guarantee that they will fit in the new house! Another reason to leave them is when negotiating with the future buyers of your home, you can also use the new appliance you bought as a bargaining chip. Many first time home owners love the idea of having a “package deal”, all appliances included

Old house items (think paint, extra hardware, instruction manuals): These things will be much more useful to the family buying your house, and frankly, you won’t have much use for them. Let’s just hope the owners of your new house return the favor.

Paper: Paper is heavy. Prior to moving, recycle all of your magazines, newspapers, old receipts, paychecks and bills. Still need them? Scan and save them! This would also be a great time to sign up for automatic bill-pay and electronic paychecks. Hello 2016!

Dated Technology: 1999 called. They want their flip-phone back! If you’ve been holding on to old VHS tapes, tape recorders, old cell phones, audio tapes, or old video games to name a few, now is a great time to get rid of it. If you haven’t used it in a year, you aren’t likely going to be using them any time soon. There are companies out there like Legacy Box that can help save your favorite old school VHS/audio tapes on a more up-to-date digital option.

Expired items: Medicine, perfumes, makeup, lotions all have (or should have) an expiration date. Look at this as your opportunity to clear out that medicine cabinet and make room for your new stuff.

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