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5 Things to Leave Behind When Moving Out

Pack light and pack smart with the help of these tips


Moving out of a rental home and into your own space is a milestone that we should treasure and remember forever. However, before you can truly enjoy your own home sweet home, you need to deal with chores that many homeowners dread—packing, sorting through belongings, and fitting almost your entire life in boxes. How can you let go of certain items that have been with you for years? Hard as it seems, we all need to face this bittersweet reality.

Once you prepare yourself to let go of things that you don’t really need, you’ll be well on your way to trimming down your belongings down to the essentials that you need to bring with you. Here are just some of the things that you need to leave behind:

Main photos from Listotic and My First Apartment.

Anything you haven't used in the last six months

This list includes old clothes that are taking up closet space, appliances that have seen better days, old gadgets that don't work anymore, and other essentials that you've kept hidden inside cabinets. Edit your essentials so you can have more space for new and better things.

Extra plastic bags and boxes

Yes, you’ve been saving those boxes and plastic bags for the big move. However, when you’ve used up all that you need, you might as well leave the rest. Don't just dump them anywhere, you can use excess bags to organize the things that you are donating or leaving behind.

Photo from Design Mom.

Broken items (furniture and appliances)

Do you still have your first ever microwave or table with missing legs? It's time to let go and leave broken appliances and furniture behind. You can bring them to the nearest junk shop. You can use the money to buy new items and accessories for your new home too. 

Old cleaning materials

Are you sure you're still keeping that moldy brush and the dirty dust pan? Since you're beginning a new chapter, might as well welcome it with a fresh batch of cleaning supplies.

Photo from Design Mom.

Old books and magazines

Sort through your collection and check if there are copies that you can donate to schools and orphanages. You can even sell a few of your favorite reads in secondhand bookshops and vintage stores. We understand that it's hard to let go of certain stories and characters but find comfort in the fact that you can update your library with new companions and you get to explore new worlds, too!

Photo from Design Mom.

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