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What to store and what to throw out


One of the most demanding things to do when you have to move is to decide what to store and what to throw out. You might be attached to some of your belongings and you can’t determine the actual usage of some of them. You need to basically decide between three options: throwing away the items, storing the items in a storage facility, or finding them a place in your new home. Moving companies Brooklyn are here to help out with that. We know that this is a tricky process and that it can’t be undone so be sure to follow the tips that we have prepared for you and don’t panic – we got this covered for you.

The solution to the ‘what to store and what to throw out’ question lies in de-cluttering your home

Let’s face it honestly: every homeowner has a bit of clutter. It could be that one chair in your room for not-yet-dirty laundry. Sometimes, it is a drawer full of random knickknacks. So, before every relocation or re-decoration, we advise you to start by de-cluttering your home. First, we understand that everyone is attached to their belongings. Some have a great sentimental value and some have a material value that you don’t want to lose when relocating. That is why we won’t be preaching minimalism here yet. Instead, we’re going to give you some tips on what to store and what to throw out that you won’t notice in your everyday routine. So, let’s start with the simple rules.

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Get rid of your duplicates – having two of the same is too many!

On the top of your ‘throw out’ list should be duplicates

In this day and age, we usually have twice as many items as we need. Sometimes, it is an extra pair of shoes which we’ve never worn. Or, it’s a spare jacket, just in case. When moving from one place to another and deciding what to store and what to throw away, weight is money. So, all of the duplicates in your house should find a new home. It’s a perfect opportunity to earn some money online, too. Spend some time on eBay and try to de-clutter this way. There are other options as well – you can give the item to your friends or family members or at least ask them if they need it or not. In case this doesn’t satisfy you then you can also do some charity work and give those things away. In doing so you would be helping others and yourself in the process. Of course, we’re not saying that you should get rid of all the extras in your home. If you’re not certain that you’ll need it, it’s perfect for one of the items to go to storage.

Learn the 18 months rule to figure out what to store and what to throw out

Mostly, we like to apply this rule to clothes. So, here’s a question for you to think about. Is there anything in your wardrobe that you haven’t touched in the last 18 months? If your answer is yes, these are things that should find a new home. If the answer is “I don’t know” then you should write the date of box closure on top. The boxes that you haven’t opened in more than 18 months you don’t really need. Again, it’s a great idea to sell them online or, perhaps donate. Whatever does end up in a storage unit, be sure to add a date. These boxes should fall under the 18-month rule, as well. Keep in mind that the apartments in big cities such as NYC are usually very small – moving and storage New York can be really challenging due to that fact. Think of it this way – the items that you are not using are basically just a deadweight on your budget.

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Decide what to store and what to throw out before you move to your new home

Things you won’t repair need to go

Do you have that drawer? Or a box perhaps? It’s usually filled with a few odd items which have been broken or lost a part somewhere along the road. In most cases, these items simply clutter your home. They may be in the back of your mind, on the ‘to repair’ list. So, here’s a thought: try to find them online again and compare the costs. If it’s more expensive to repair, it’s time to throw them out. Another thing is important here – if they have been in the same place, broken, for a long time you don’t really need them. If you did you would have repaired them a long time ago. Before you get rid of those items check the cost of them online and see if you can sell some of them. This is especially important if you have some broken pieces of hardware – those items can be really pricy.

After de-cluttering you should decide on what to store and what to move to your new home

You have some ideas now on how to properly de-clutter your home. After you finish that you will be able to see actually what to store and what to move to your new home. After all, these are some of the things that will significantly lower the moving costs in NYC. As we have mentioned earlier, the apartments in NYC are usually tiny. If you are moving to a big city you should consider the storage options for some of your items. In case you are moving somewhere far you need to check the storage options and the relocation price before moving to that place. New York to Florida movers advise you to make a list of things that you want to move and a list of the ones you wish to store – it will be a lot easier for both, you and the moving company.

Items that have sentimental value should definitely be kept

Be careful when telling difference between important memorabilia and useless clutter. Memorabilia is always important amongst friends and families. There are surely plenty of trinkets which you keep around, purely because of the memories attached to them. And, we’d never advise you to get rid of them. So, these should be some of the items you could put into storage, at least for a while. Though, in the end, it’s always nice to find a way for them to return to a shelf in your new home. There is no list on how you can decide what has sentimental value and what doesn’t – it’s just your feelings towards those things that need to decide if you want to store or not.

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Antique items of great sentimental value should be kept when deciding what to store and what to throw out.

So you should ask yourself:

  • Was this a gift from a person that I care deeply for?
  • Do I have any other items that trigger the same memories as this one does?
  • Will I feel bad if I don’t have this in my new home?
  • Do I really want to put this item in my new home?

If the answer is yes then that particular item is a keeper – find a nice place for it in your new home or if you can’t then put it in a storage facility.

If you’d buy it again given the chance, then it should be in your new home or in the storage

There is this other rule with clothes and shoes you aren’t certain what to do with. We like to call it the ‘buy again’ rule. So, if you find an item you haven’t worn in a while, think about that. In case you have an instant urge to buy another piece of it when thinking about it we advise you to store this item. You might spend some extra money on the storage facility services but at least you will have it once you need it. These things can happen, we are aware of that – there are some items that we really need once in a while and we always need to have them ready for use. Be sure to properly pack and label it before you store it. 

Items that you know that you will need in the future

We understand that sometimes there are ‘those’ items. You simply can’t bear to let go of them and tend to promise yourself that they will find a place in your home again. So, when deciding what to store and what to throw out, don’t be hasty. We’d advise placing these into storage facilities with the 18 months rule attached. Generally speaking, you are the one who decides what goes into your new home. Follow the rules and tips that we have provided but also don’t forget to follow your heart as well – it’s OK if you don’t want to depart with some of the things that you have. It’s also fine if you make mistakes – you can always add some items to your storage facility if you really can’t find a proper place for them in your home.

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