When Packing, What to Keep and What to Discard?

November 12, 2018 Moving

Moving to a new place is an exciting adventure. It is another phase in your life which brings new and fresh experiences with it. But it can also be stressful when it comes to planning your move, not to mention the actual packing and moving.

But if you plan your move and pack in a smart way, you can avoid all this. Therefore you need to consider what you are going to pack and what you are going to discard. Because taking all your stuff is not practical and it also cost you more. Moving light will reduce shipping and transport cost considerably.

Here are things that you should consider when it comes to making the decision of either discarding or packing an item:

1. Value

The value of an item is an important factor when it comes to either throwing it away or taking it with you. Things such as sentimental value and monetary value are important to consider. Once you know the value of an item, it will become easier for you to make the decision.

2. Where are you moving to?

Moving within the same city is different from moving to a completely different country such as moving to the USA from India.

Moving to another country will lead to an increase in shipment and transportation cost. Therefore it is better to avoid having items such as heavy furniture packed and moved. For example, Shipping to the USA from other countries is expensive and a time-consuming process because cargo ships are involved in the move.

But local moves are easier in the sense that you can transport a large volume of good without having to worry about the moving cost.

Moving also provides you with the opportunity to get rid of stuff that is no longer in use. Here is a list of things that you should definitely discard:

• Broken and damaged items that are not in use
• Old furniture (especially if you are moving to a new country)
• Clothing items that are either too old or not in use
• Old electronics and electrical appliances that are either old or broken
• Decoration pieces that are broken or not in use
• Books that you have already read or do not like
• Old magazines and newspapers

But keep in mind that not everything should be thrown away. There will be old items that will be in use in your new place. Simply throwing them away and buying new items is not the solution. Here is a list of items that you should not throw away:

• Cords and electronic devices in use, for example, TV, microwave, etc.
• Important documents
• Family pictures and heirlooms
• Kitchenware that is in use
• Bedding that is in use
• Furniture in use

Whether you’re going to pack an item or throw it away depends on a few key factors mentioned above that you should consider carefully.

Best of luck!


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