Packing for a move is the most labor-intensive and time-consuming part of relocating to another city. Deciding which items you want and need to take, and which items you should try to sell or donate will help you lighten your load and make the move a lot easier. Here are our tips for deciding what goes with you and what just goes away.
Take with You:
- Your daily essentials. Start by packing an overnight bag with a couple changes of clothes and your toiletries to keep with you for easy access.
- Clothing you will wear in your new home city. Unless you’ll be traveling for winter getaways, you can probably get rid of bulky parkas in favor of lighter coats and jackets for life in Arizona.
- Your favorite housewares and furnishing that will fit in your transport vehicle(s).
Sell high-end and undamaged clothing, furniture, and housewares that you no longer use.
Donate lower-end items that are still in good shape and usable by another person.
Throw Away or Upcycle anything broken, torn, or otherwise damaged, as these items are not needed by thrift stores. Only upcycle items you can easily repurpose now, before the move, such as turning old clothing and towels into wash rags.
Need help deciding what’s worth keeping? Check this blog from One Kings Lane with the top tips for using the KonMari method of decluttering by author and tidiness guru Marie Kondo.