Out With the Old: What to Toss Before Your Move

It’s human nature to accumulate stuff. It’s hard to toss things you’ve had for a long time, whether that’s clothing or mementos. But de-cluttering is a great way to feel less stress and make your living space more comfortable. Also, how else can you expect to buy new stuff with all the old stuff cluttering everything up?

It can be hard to get motivated to toss old items. But a move gives you the perfect opportunity to do so. That’s because moving into a new home symbolizes a fresh start and new opportunities. Turn over a new leaf and start living minimally again.

Before packing for your Fountain Valley move, follow these helpful tips. This will help you out as well as your movers who won’t have to move quite so much stuff.

Questions to Ask

This isn’t the time to be wishy-washy. You have to get into a hypercritical mindset. So before you pack, ask yourself:

  • Does this item bring me joy? Does it have positive memories that I can’t part with?
  • Where would I put this in my new home? If you can’t imagine where you will put it, don’t bring something that will just sit in a closet or in your basement for years.
  • When was the last time this item was used? If it’s been months or years, you probably won’t use it in the new place either.
  • Can I buy the same thing in the new home? If something is cheap and easily replaceable, don’t bother.
  • Does the item have sentimental value? Weigh those memories against the size and weight of the item to make a good decision. Many people keep objects just because they’re old, not because of any real meaning.
  • Does it add value to my life? This goes especially for décor and decorations. If you recycle the same decorations year after year without throwing away the old ones, it’s time to revitalize your collection. Besides, you don’t really want your new house decorated exactly the same as your new one, do you?
  • Can I sell it and make money? Just because you no longer need or want something doesn’t mean you have to throw it in the trash. If it was expensive, consider selling it to make money for your move.

Ask yourself these questions before packing each item, but you can also go by room.

Room by Room: What to Consider

Check out these handy tips.


  • Clothing: If you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it. It’s either out of style or doesn’t fit. Don’t trick yourself into thinking you will wear it again someday. This is how closets become cluttered.
  • Shoes: Shoes are another item of clothing that many people tend to hold on to. But they are awkward, can be heavy, and don’t pack as well as you would think.
  • Linens: Bed linens are relatively easy to pack but they take up a lot of space. You have likely had those sheets for many years, and it’s time to get new ones anyway. Start fresh in the new home!
  • Pillows: If you have expensive pillows made out of a special material, keep them for now. But if you have cheap pillows, or pillows you’ve had for years (no matter the quality), it’s time to let them go.
  • Books: Books are heavy and no one likes to move boxes that weigh 50 pounds. Donate the books to your local library.
  • Kid’s Toys: Get your kids involved in this decision. It’s probably not a good idea to start throwing out your kids’ beloved toys without consulting them first. But have them make two piles: one to keep and one to donate to less fortunate children.


  • Kitchenware: Time to toss those mismatched plates and bowls. Start over with new kitchenware in the new home that’s all the same color and style.
  • Small Appliances: From the coffee machine you got in college to the crockpot you got for your wedding, think long and hard about hanging onto those old, small appliances. Not only are they hard to clean (think: toasters), they don’t have a long shelf life and can be replaced when you arrive in the new home.
  • Food and Spices: For condiments like ketchup or relish in the pantry, or spice in the spice rack, go through all items and toss them if expired – opened or not. It’s cheap to replace those items in the new digs.


  • Towels: Like sheets and pillows, towels should be replaced every year or two. They’re relatively affordable and you can start a new theme in the new house very easily.
  • Bathroom Supplies: These can be tossed, especially all those half-opened toothpaste tubes, nasty hair spray can, or almost-empty cleaning supplies under the sink.
  • Perfumes and sprays: If you haven’t used a particular scene in years, toss it. Perfume loses its original potent scent after a while, and this is another item you can start fresh with.

Whether you’re sorting through souvenirs from your honeymoon, or toys that your now-college kids used to play with, it’s time to make some big decisions on what to keep and what to toss.  Look at a residential move as the perfect time to de-clutter your life and start anew. Your movers will thank you for having fewer boxes and piles of junk! Plus, it will make it much easier on you to pack.

Contact Good Neighbors Moving Company

We can help you start fresh by handling all details of your upcoming Fountain Valley move. Receive your free quote when you call our office at 323-768-0215. We specialize in anything from residential and commercial moves to packing and white glove services for your convenience.