How To: Sorting Between What to Keep & What to Throw Away

For many people, moving can be a fresh start. Especially if you’re moving far, a lot of your items won’t be able to make the trip with you. That’s why it makes for a great time to declutter and throw out old things you no longer need. But nobody likes throwing their old stuff in the trash. Deciding which items you want to bring to your new home and keep in storage versus what things need to go can often be hard. That’s why we’ve compiled this guide on what to store and what to trash in order to make your move a little bit easier. 

Let it go: 

Expired spices and canned foods

People like to believe that these food products last forever. The truth is, that’s far from the truth. If you were staying at your old home over a long period of time, chances are you might have some canned peas or some ground cinnamon from 2005. Canned foods only actually last about 5 years and spices start to lose their flavor after about four. If it’s been longer than that, it’s time to toss these old items in the trash. 

Clothes that don’t fit 

It’s easy to get attached to your clothes, but if you still have outfits that haven’t fit you in a few years, it may be time for you to part with them. Unless they have an extraordinary amount of sentimental value, they’re doing little more than taking up space. Once you’ve settled in at your new home, you’ll also have plenty of time to shop for new outfits. 

Outdated electronics 

It can be hard to get rid of old electronics, mostly because we remember how much they cost when we originally bought them. Not to mention, they can also be difficult to dispose of because you can’t just throw them in the trash –– you’ll often need to drop them off at an e-waste facility. But if you’re still harboring an old flip phone or boxy television, it’s time to make the trip and clear some extra space in your boxes. If you’re not using it regularly, they’re almost no chance you’ll miss it when it’s gone. 

DVDs or CDs 

DVDs and CDs have quickly become a thing of the past. You probably already have these movies or albums on your laptop so donating or tossing these discs and their bulky packaging should be an easy decision. 

Keep It:

Items passed down by family 

Sure, your grandfather’s old stamp collection might not seem especially necessary when you have limited storage space while moving, but the memories that come along with it could be invaluable. Don’t make a decision you’ll regret in the name of practicality. There’s always a way to make a bit more space. 

Your favorite books 

Yes, books are easy to replace. But nothing beats having your well-read favorite book with all your dog ears and margin notes still in it. If you have some extra room, packing them along with you won’t be a mistake. 

Rarely worn formal wear 

Many online guides will tell you to throw out any items that you haven’t used in the last five years. Formal wear, however, may be an exception. You might be tempted to throw away those high heel shoes that you haven’t worn in a while, or that tie, but you never know if they might come in handy for the next formal event you’re invited to. Especially if you don’t have a lot of options when it comes to formal wear, it might be worth keeping around anything quality, even if you don’t try it on frequently.