Moving - how to decide what goes with

When you move you are faced with packing up your entire life into boxes and sometimes we pack things that shouldn’t even get a space on the moving truck. So how do you decide when our clutter should be binned or moved?

We all have those items that we have had since our first move, for some it might be a quirky collection or something from our childhood. It is never easy to decide if we should move it to our new homes, so here is a list of questions you should keep in mind when deciding if our things should find a spot in our new home.

• Where is this going to go in the new house?

Furniture doesn’t fall into this category unless the piece has seen better days. Heirlooms should always be kept but a couch you bought when you moved into your first place after university shouldn’t.

But what about your collection of shot glasses from holidays? The rule here is if you haven’t used something in a long time, they shouldn’t make the move with you.
• Am I keeping this just because I can?

Are you keeping something just because you have had forever and with every move you just move it along with the rest of your things. You don’t really care for the item and you have no real use for it, but when it is time to move, you pack it into a box. Items like this shouldn’t make the move with you.

How replaceable is it?

It's possible to make mistakes when moving and cull something you should have kept. If that happens, how easy will a thing be to replace? If you haven't looked at something in three years, it's generally safe to get rid of. Give irreplaceable objects more consideration.

• Is it really worth a lot of money?

Antique furniture or jewelry should make the move with you, but a collection of My Little Ponies shouldn’t. Once again this goes hand in hand with how replaceable an item is.

• Is it either practical or fabulous?

This doesn’t just apply to furniture or appliances, this also goes for your clothes. If you have vintage pieces or designer labels which will grow with you then they should be moved with you. If you are really finding it hard to get rid of certain outfits and you know your new home is short on cupboard space consider finding a storage unit where you can keep them. (Sarah Jessica Parker does this) But remember that the storage unit shouldn’t become a new place to clutter with things that you could have binned. The same rules apply for the storage unit.

• Am I decluttering, or going crazy?

Getting rid of unnecessary objects is great, but it's possible to go too far. Take breaks from decluttering, make three different lists - namely moving, binning and maybe - put items that you are not sure about on the maybe list and come back after a while and decide whether you are moving it or binning it.

  Comment on this Article

  Please login to post comments

Post to my facebook wall
Characters remaining

    Latest Property News
    • 20 Jun 2018
      Buying or selling real estate isn’t as easy as it is portrayed sometimes, especially if there is a death of a party during the transaction which can make it awkward, tricky and inconvenient.
    • 20 Jun 2018
      With interest rates remaining at historic lows and banks continuing to compete for mortgage finance business, first-time buyers with funds at their disposal are currently well-placed to gain that initial foothold on the property ladder, particularly in the light of the slightly lower growth rates currently experienced in residential property values.
    • 20 Jun 2018
      The average size of bond granted in SA has grown 7,7% in the past 12 months to R934 000, according to BetterBond, the country’s biggest bond originator.
    • 19 Jun 2018
      In the current market, letting out a property can be a good option as rental demand remains strong, especially in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg. This is according to Chris Renecle, MD of Renprop. However he says that before homeowners let their property out, there are five key points they should make sure are covered before they market the property for rent and sign any lease agreements.
    • 19 Jun 2018
      The Capetonian dream is to live by the ocean with the iconic mountain making an appearance somewhere in the horizon. But, that dream comes with a hefty price tag that many simply cannot afford. But, should you venture some kilometres out of the city centre, entirely new realms of beachside bliss await you …
    • 19 Jun 2018
      Douw Steyn, one of the richest men in the country, recently allowed a rare glimpse into his Fourways Palazzo when it was featured on the SABC lifestyle programme Top Billing - and it is beyond your wildest dreams!
    • 18 Jun 2018
      Many home sellers are motivated to appoint estate agents because they know that the agency will carry the costs of advertising and marketing their property.
    • 18 Jun 2018
      When a property is sold when it has a tenant in occupation, the questions often raised are: “What happens to the tenant if the landlord sells the property?”, and what rights the tenant will have with regards to cancelling the lease or enforcing it, says Sunell Afrika, rentals manager for
    Subscribe to the MyProperty Newsletter

    Last Name  
    Email Address  
    Email Frequency
    Share this Page

    For Sale Property
    Rental Property
    More Options
    Connect with us