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7 Things to Ditch Before Moving Into Your Rental Home

You’re moving into a new rental home – hooray! Before you start filling those boxes and using copious amounts of bubble wrap on all of the breakables, we suggest taking a good look at your belongings and discarding these 7 things. Trust us, you’ll be glad when there are a fewer boxes you have to pack, move and unpack, and ultimately, less clutter in your new home.

1. Old Towels and Linens
Between the number of times you wash your towels (thereby losing their fluff) and the amount of oil and sweat (gross but true) on your sheets over the years, it is likely time to replace them. New home, new linens!

2. Unnecessary Kitchen Appliances
Kitchen appliances are heavy and often awkward to pack into boxes. Let’s be honest, you may have thought you’d use that new juicer every morning but it’s simply not reality. If you have appliances that you rarely (or never) use, we suggest donating them or giving them to someone who would love using them.

3. Unworn or Old Clothes
Sifting through your clothes and only keeping your favorite and most-worn items can make a world of difference in your new closet! Imagine being able to walk over to your closet and love every single piece that is in there – what a dream! For more tips, check out our blog post on de-cluttering and cleaning out your closet.

4. Souvenirs and Unused Gifts
That collection of souvenirs from your many trips is likely something you can live without. And you should also consider donating the thoughtful gifts that your loved ones gave you but honestly, you’ll never use.

5. Toiletries and Cosmetics
Makeup, nail polish, bath products – they all have expiration dates. If they are old or simply not used on a daily basis, it’s time to say goodbye. It’s not worth getting an infection, trust us.

6. Paperwork and Office Items
If your desk or filing system has become a mess of old documents, we suggest filtering through and only keeping the important items: tax returns, recent bank statements, recent receipts, etc. Anything that is no longer relevant or up-to-date, shred it. There is no reason to bother packing them and moving them into your new home. Same goes for your pen or junk drawer of your desk, ditch any office supplies that no longer work or you do not use.

7. Books and Movies
You can save yourself from lifting these very heavy items if you go through your book and movie collection and donate or give away anything you no longer read or watch. I’m sure someone else would love to have your copy of “To Kill a Mockingbird” from your high school days. If you are not attached to your DVD or Blu-Ray cases, you can place all of the actual discs into a CD/DVD binder for easy, less cluttered storage.


We hope this was helpful and motivates you to do a little de-cluttering before moving. Congrats on your new home!


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