Moving to a new home? What to take and what to leave

One of the major dilemmas facing homeowners who have recently purchased a new home is what to take and what to leave behind. This is often the case when downsizing as so many things bring back memories but the cost of hiring a removal company is contingent upon the amount of ‘stuff’ that needs to be carted along. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some suggestions that might take a load off – no pun intended!

Furniture is Your Biggest Worry

The first thing you will need to consider is that furniture is the bulkiest of the lot. If you are downsizing you don’t have room for it all anyway so you might as well make a list of those items that:

·       you can’t live without

·       you can replace on the other end

·       you just don’t use anymore

·       will not fit in your new downsized home

You will obviously want to take those pieces of furniture that you just can’t live without. It might be a rocking chair that you rocked all your children to sleep in or a dining room set that has been in the family for generations. Even though these may be considered ‘larger’ items, they are cherished and you really need to take them with you.

Are Some Items Not Worth Taking?

If you have bulky furniture that has seen better days, why not dispose of it? (That is unless it is an heirloom piece that you simply must keep!) For instance, mattresses are the bulkiest of the lot, especially if they are for king size beds. If you’ve had them for any length of time, you’re probably due to get new ones anyway. Why take all that room in the removal truck if you need new ones? In fact, you can get really comfortable new mattresses online from manufacturers like Sleepeezee and for the first time in years you won’t be rolling into that saggy area in the middle of the bed.

What’s Next after Furniture?

After you’ve compiled a list of furniture you can dispose of, it’s time to start sorting through closets. All those clothes you meant to wear once you shed those 10 extra pounds you’ve been carrying around can definitely go! They’ve been there since polyester disco days and you’ll never wear them again anyway! Continue in this way and you’ll be surprised at all the excess ‘junk’ that’s just been taking up space for more years than you want to count.

Moving to a new home is exciting, so why not make as much of it as you can! If you want to totally refurnish your new home, go for it! If you want to keep most of your prized possessions, that’s your choice. Just know that there are options and if you plan wisely, the new move can be accomplished smoothly and in record time once you’ve organised your ‘must keeps’ and your ‘don’t needs.’

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