Moving expenses are based on the quantity of items, therefore it only makes sense to sort through and discard as much unnecessary stuff as possible. Interiors for Seniors has been relocating clients for over a decade now and here are some of the most common items that need to be downsized
1. Kitchen storage items - The large collection of recycled butter containers, pickle jars and orange juice carafes are going to overwhelm your new kitchen space. It seems wasteful sometimes to just toss away these items, but it just isn’t practical.
2. Shoes - Worn out shoes are an unnecessary waste when your closet space is being reduced. Sort through and toss out pairs that have thinning soles and no traction. Discard any that have foul odors and heavy stains.
3. Clothes - Have a friend or family member help you sort through and pick out clothes to take with you. This can help you separate sentimental items from practical ones.
4. Books – Books are heavy and cumbersome to pack and move. Chances are you don’t need that collection of 175 cookbooks or 68 different versions of the English Dictionary. While books can have a very strong mental connection to some, it’s wise to go through ad save those that really mean the most to you., Try to pare down large collections by 25% or 50%.
5. Kitchen Spices – Spice is nice but too much is overwhelming! During moves, it’s not uncommon to find spices that date back 30 years or more. They are unusable and often rancid or tasteless.
6. Towels and Sheets – Sort through and make matched sets. Discard any that are threadbare. Keep the nicest sets to bring to your new bath area.
7. Knick Knacks – While sentimental, these dust collectors often just promote a cluttered look. Use a keen eye to make a new collection from several old ones.
8. Old cleaners and toiletries under your sinks – The cabinets under sinks become lost voids for old cleaning items. Toiletries that are well past the expiration date also proliferate. Toss anything past date, leaking, duplicated or non-useful.
Enlist the help of family and friends to help with this process. Often these items can be donated to your local shelter or thrift store. Look online or ask locals where a good place would be to donate if you are unsure of one.