Moving Tips: Clean, Purge, and Organize

Moving tips

You probably don’t feel like you have a lot of belongings until you are moving and have to sort through them. But just like memories, you have to decide what to keep and what to leave behind. To get you out of the cleaning and organizing phase as efficiently as possible, we recommend separating your items into following categories.

What to give to family members 

Even a good moving firm cannot help you manage the emotional toll of determining the fate of items to keep and give away. Some items won’t have a place in your new home, but won’t be lost forever if they can live on with a close friend or family member:

  • Clothing
  • House plants
  • Furniture
  • Jewelry
  • Collectible bottles/containers/jars
  • Books
  • Cookware
  • Sentimental knickknacks

What to save for your new house

Shedding off some stuff may lower your cost of moving, but there are some items you should never forget to carry with you. These include:

  • Kitchenware necessities
  • Important papers such as records, legal documents, and certificates
  • Medication
  • Photos
  • Toys and electronics
  • Sentimental
  • Décor
  • Clothing
  • Beloved books

What to sell 

You can still unload your extra stuff for some decent bucks. There are a number of ways to do this: garage sales, post on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, local Buy Sell Trade groups, or spread the word through friends and neighbors.

Before moving, sell:

  • Difficult to move items like furniture, equipment, rugs, and appliances
  • Fragile items that won’t survive in the moving truck
  • Decorations that you know won’t have a place at your new home
  • Spare bedding, linen
  • Books
  • Toys, movies, and games
  • Artwork and household items collecting dust in your storage area

What to give to charity 

Moving can give you the opportunity to do something for others. It definitely is less hassle and your small gesture of gratitude will give someone a better life.


  • Books
  • Clothes
  • Furniture
  • Old media
  • Electronics
  • Unwanted kitchenware

What and how to throw it way 

If you are downsizing or going through a major purge, rent a dumpster to remove the waste quickly and easily. Get the best deal on a dumpster by first knowing what size you need, and then checking out our instant price comparison. Don’t forget to check with your local department of public works for permit requirements.


Bring only the items you need in your new home. Clear out the basements, garages, and basically purge out every room and crawl space. Your new home will thank you!

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