Decluttering Before Your Move: Here’s What You Should Get Rid of Now

While it’s true that decluttering is one of the most effective ways to make your move easier, it can be difficult to know where to start, what to keep, and what you should get rid of. That’s why we compiled a list of things you can probably donate, sell, or even throw away right now.

Random Gadgets

If you’re like most people, you’ve either been gifted or have impulsively purchased kitchen gadgets and other devices that seemed so valuable at the time—only to now be collecting dust in a cabinet or drawer. It’s time to purge your home of all random gadgets that you don’t need or use. That fondue set that you got for your wedding and has been sitting in the pantry for 10 years? The electric egg cooker that doesn’t really work anymore? The fitness device that you’ve never even picked up? It’s time to say goodbye.

Old Technology

Technology is always changing. It has made massive leaps and bounds in the past few decades, making things like CDs and DVDs basically irrelevant. Even Blu-Rays are starting to become a thing of the past, with streaming services giving people access to nearly every movie and television show that’s ever been made. If you look around your house, you probably have a lot of dead technology lying around. Unless you still use your DVDs or need that pile of cables hidden in a box in the garage, you can probably sell or donate these things.

The same applies to old computers, phones, and other devices. Dealing with these can be a bit trickier, as they could contain information and files that are important to you or could compromise your identity. Thankfully, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers some helpful tips on how to protect your data before getting rid of your computer.

Exercise Equipment

If you have a treadmill, elliptical, weights set, or other exercise equipment that you never have time for or don’t use any longer, you don’t need to move it to your new home. Be honest and ask yourself if you will actually use it. If the answer is yes, bring it with you. If you’d rather go to the gym instead or have other equipment you use, sell or donate what you don’t need. You could make some extra money, which is definitely a plus considering all the expenses associated with moving!

Trinkets & Knickknacks

Little novelty items, sculptures, figurines, and other knickknacks can easily start to clutter every shelf in your house. Unless they have sentimental value or you find joy in looking at them, don’t go to the trouble of packing them up and moving them. Get rid of any trinkets and knickknacks that you just don’t need or want anymore.

Sheets, Towels & Blankets

Another common source of household clutter can be found in linen closets. You only need so many sets of sheets, towels, and blankets, so go through your linens and make up a box or bag of items that you don’t use or don’t need. You can even donate old towels and blankets to animal shelters.

Utensils & Cookware

You might be surprised to discover how few of the items in your kitchen you actually use. Go through your cookware and utensils and get rid of anything that’s broken or worn out. Sell or donate those things that you don’t have any use for. It might be time to get rid of duplicate items as well. Do you really need 6 spatulas and 4 potato peelers? Get rid of the extras.

Plastic Containers & Tupperware

Like pairs of socks, keeping plastic containers and lids together can seem impossible. Now is a good time to go through that cabinet or drawer in your kitchen that has all your Tupperware containers. Match containers and lids and set them aside if you want to keep them. Recycle or throw away those that don’t have a match and sell or donate anything you don’t need. That immense plastic container collection will shrink dramatically.

Papers & Office Supplies

Do you have drawers or boxes full of old artwork, homework, newspapers, instructions, receipts, and other papers that you don’t need? Do you have 100 pens, only half of which actually work? Go through your office supplies and papers and get rid of everything you don’t need. If you’re worried that some of your papers may have personal information on them, you can find a service to destroy them for you.


Most people only read a book once. Once they’ve read it, they put it on a shelf and never pick it up again. Unless you have an extensive library and the space to put all of your books on display, you might want to consider getting rid of those that hold no sentimental or financial value. Books are extremely heavy, making them fairly expensive and difficult to move. Keep only the books that matter and donate or sell the rest.

Call Our Southern California Moving Company

Decluttering is just one part of a move. If you are looking for help with packing/unpacking, storage, and moving, you can turn to the experts at Affordable Quality Moving and Storage for the trusted service you deserve. Our Santa Clarita movers can help with any local or long-distance move in Southern California, and we help with international moves, where decluttering is even more important.

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