Keep or Toss
Keep or Toss

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The biggest worry people tend to have when they move out of a space is, obviously, the moving itself. You’ve got to collect all of your most valuable items and ship them someplace else—whether it be to a new office, a new warehouse, a new flex space, or to a new home. But focusing on the things you want to keep often leaves you with a lot of the other stuff: things you need to throw out. By the time most people are packed and moved, they come to the realization that there’s a lot of junk that doesn’t need to be taken along with them.

 

A move is the perfect opportunity for a little purge of the inessentials. The only problem is, when you’re finally finished moving, all those trash-worthy objects are probably scattered around in piles upon piles and in big garbage bags. The big clock you bought on an impulse six years ago? The broken chair that’s been sitting in the living room for months? It’s all got to go. So, what’s the best way to make a plan for moving that includes throwing out the things you don’t want to take along?

 

Always start early. As soon as you know you’ll be moving—ideally a month in advance—start to separate things into “keep” and “toss” piles. Regularly toss the “toss” pile as time moves on, so that you won’t have to carry loads and loads to the trash on moving day. Take a look in closets and in cupboards and above shelves as well—a good rule is, if you haven’t touched it in over a month or two it can probably be thrown out. One of the biggest hassles when you move is having to pile up the trash bins with garbage. This way, you can do the work incrementally and the task is far less daunting. By getting rid of the inessentials early you can better plan and box up the things that you know you’ll want to keep.