Moving into a new home can almost feel like a new chapter. You have the opportunity to start fresh. A new bedroom, new spaces, and even the chance to rearrange your old furniture.
However, your new space isn’t going to feel so shiny and bright if you toss all your old junk from your last place right back in. Now is the perfect time to purge your space of all the extra baggage you’ve been carrying. Literally- did you tell yourself you’d bring it to the new house and decide once you got moved in? Well, now is your chance! Keep reading to find out some of the top things you should purge when moving into a new home, and click this link to read the full article.
“Your possessions should have three purposes: function, aesthetic purpose, or sentimental value,” says Christina Giaquinto, a professional organizer in Franklin Lakes, NJ. “Pick up each item in your home, and ask yourself, ‘Why do I have this item? What does this item do for me?'”
From doodads you picked up at the flea market to jewelry you never wear to a pile of untouched cat toys, there are a lot of things you should toss or donate before packing up the truck. But here are nine of the most common offenders.
1. Old towels and linens
When’s the last time you bought new towels? If it’s the last time you moved, turn those suckers into rags and buy something new. After years of use and hundreds of washings, there’s no denying your fluffy bath towels have lost some of their plushness.
Ditch old bed sheets, too. Fitted sheets lose their elasticity over time, and exposure to sweat and oil can cause unpleasant stains.
2. Your juicer
We all have goals. Running three times a week. Cleaning every Sunday. And starting each morning with a glass of cold juice pressed from spinach, kale, ginger, and pineapple.
Don’t give up on achieving your dreams—but if you’ve tried to make a change and found it didn’t work with your lifestyle, don’t hang on to the dregs of disappointment. Maybe getting up a half-hour early every morning to juice isn’t for you. Assess your achievements at moving time, and donate everything that didn’t work out. At least you’ll have room for your next wild aspiration. Perhaps a set of dumbbells?
3. Unworn clothes
Organizing a closet before a move should be simple. A keep pile, a toss pile, and a donate pile—right? But we all have those jeans we keep around just in case we finally lose 15 pounds. Or a dress tucked deep in your closet in case you ever go clubbing again. (Never mind that the last time you were out of the house after 10 p.m. was the night your first child was born.)
Watch out for clothing you’re keeping “just in case,” which take up precious room in your closet. And even if you do lose the weight, or get an invitation to a bachelorette party in Vegas, you can always buy (or rent) something new—and we bet you’ll love it even more.
4. Duplicates and souvenirs
Clutter accrues in the strangest places—like your mug tree or your dining hutch. You might have started out with two novelty mugs, but now you own a coffee cup from every place you’ve visited. Ever.
“Try to keep only one from your favorite vacation,” Giaquinto says.
Look for duplicates throughout your kitchen. Do you really need three bread pans? Or more than one cake platter?
“You should only hold on to what can fit neatly in your space,” Giaquinto says.