Moving can be both stressful and exciting. At the same time, if you’ve already started packing, you’ve likely realized that you don’t fully understand how much stuff you have until you need to put it all in boxes.

If you’ve been in your home for several years (or longer), chances are, you’ve accumulated more than a few things that you won’t be taking with you.

Below you’ll find our top list of things to toss before you load everything into the moving truck.

Are you really planning on wearing those parachute pants again?

We didn’t think so.

Go through your closet—do you have clothes that no longer fit? (Ie: clothes that will never fit again. If you’ve had it since college and you haven’t worn it in you-can’t-remember-how-long, it’s probably time to part ways.)  Do you have things that were super cool to wear years ago but you won’t ever, ever wear again? (Ie: shirts with shoulder-pads, stirrup pants, parachute pants and anything else that the 90s might want back)

You can toss all of that into the “donate” bin.

Shoes shoes and more shoes

Do you have a tendency to buy new sneakers without throwing out the previous pair? Do you have heels, dress shoes or kids’ shoes that haven’t seen the light of day in more than 12 months? If you figure there’s less than a 20 percent chance those shoes will ever make it out of your closet again, tag it and donate it.

Old electronics and video game consoles

You’d be surprised how may people have a hard time getting rid of old electronics. When kids no longer use video game consoles, they tend to get shoved in a basement, closet or in the attic. If you have a Nintendo 64 or a first-generation Play Station and neither of those consoles has been touched since well before your adult-children went off to college, these can be tagged and donated (or sold in a moving sale).

Do an inventory of your cups, plates and dishes

We once had a client who mentioned that at the time she started to pack, she realized she’d collected about three dozen cups and glasses over the years (a lot of it had been brought by and left behind by former roommates.)

Suffice to say, she didn’t need all of that glassware.

Go through your kitchen and do an inventory of your cups, mugs, dishes and pots and pans. You may be surprised to find that you have quite a bit of excess inventory.

Have questions? Call American Moving Company today

For more information on the types of things you may be able to get rid of or donate before a move, we can help.

American Moving Company has been the top-rated moving company in Denver, the top-rated moving company in Boulder and the top-ranked moving company in Vail/Summit County for years.

For more information on our company or to schedule a free in-home moving estimate, call us today at 877-433-0100 to get started.