Declutter: 30 Items You Must Get Rid of Before You Move

Declutter: 30 Items You Must Get Rid of Before You Move

When preparing for a move, it is the perfect time to declutter and go through all of your drawers, boxes, closets and get rid of items that are no longer useful.  Donating, selling, or tossing items that don’t add positive energy to your life will save you so much time in the moving process.  I always find when things that don’t have a purpose they create stress and anxiety by adding to the clutter.

This past move, I cleaned out a makeup case that I rarely use.  Inside I found many random things including 16 old nail polishes, four pairs of tweezers, three eyelash curlers, eight used nail files, and five fingernail clippers.  I had not opened this makeup case since the last time we had moved three years ago.  Therefore, all of those products had sat, without being used, for more than 1,000 days.  So, I knew it was time to get rid of the things in the case that I did not use.  By clearing space in the makeup case, I was able to repurpose it for toiletries and bathroom products that I use on a regular basis.

Do yourself a favor and sort through the clutter before the move, so you don’t have to pack the clutter, unpack the junk and find a space in your new home for the unwanted items.

Items You Must Get Rid of Before You Move:

  1. Old recipe books you no longer reference
  2. Unmatched earrings
  3. Worn out, unmatched, or holey socks
  4. Worn out panties
  5. Bras that are tattered warped or stretched out
  6. Purses you no longer use
  7. Pens and markers that are out of ink
  8. Uncomfortable, old or lumpy pillows
  9. Clothes you no longer wear nor feel confident wearing
  10. Expired makeup products
  11. Old hair products
  12. Outdated skin care products
  13. Expired medications
  14. Old nail polish
  15. Unused makeup bags
  16. Empty bottles of products
  17. Old makeup brushes
  18. Tattered tablecloths
  19. Old magazines
  20. Old CDs & DVDs you no longer enjoy
  21. Electronics you no longer use
  22. Candles no longer light
  23. Old receipts you don’t need
  24. Junk mail
  25. Expired coupons
  26. Textbooks you no longer need
  27. Books you no longer use, enjoy, or reference
  28. Christmas lights that no longer light up
  29. Empty boxes, jars, containers
  30. Plastic food containers without a matching lid


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