A bit part of moving is decluttering. Before you go, it's a good idea to clear out any unwanted or unused belongings to save you money and space when you move. If you haven't used an item in your house for over a year, then you probably don't need it anymore and you're better of getting rid of it. There's no point paying to move items that you don't use anymore. So what are the best items to get rid of when you declutter?
If you have a lot of clothing to take with you on your move, it might be a good idea to look at donating some of them to your local charity. It may be hard to get rid of clothes you have grown attached to, but it will save you money in the long run and help you keep your home clean and organised. If you're moving to a warm climate, you might not need all of your snow gear anymore. If you're moving to a cold climate, you probably won't require beach gear as much.
It can be very easy to simply keep buying cheap mugs and teacups until your cupboard is full of them, but when it comes to moving you don't really need that many cups. If you have over thirty mugs in your kitchen, it's unlikely you'll ever really need that many. Sort through them all and pick your favourites, then donate as many of them as you can to charity. Someone else probably needs them more than you!
If you have children, then you're probably used to having toys scattered throughout your home. While this may not be a problem normally, it can be easy to forget how many toys you have when they're not packed up in boxes. Before you move, go through all of the toys in your house and work out which ones aren't used anymore and which ones aren't needed anymore. This will save you a lot of time packing boxes.
Although it's very useful to have reusable shopping bags at home, sometimes you can end up with too many, and you end up with shelves stuffed to the bring with cloth shopping bags. As much as they are useful for storing items, if they're simply stacked up in a shelf then they're not actually being used at all, and you may as well find a better home for them. Keep enough for your usual shopping trips and a few extra for helping you move small items, then get rid of the rest.
Some people enjoy keeping all the magazines they have ever bought. While this might be nostalgic, it may also be costly when you move. If you have stacks and stacks of magazines, this is going to fill up a lot of boxes, meaning that you'll need to pay for a larger moving truck or shipping container. If you don't read them anymore and really don't have any use for them, you may as well recycle them.
By the time you've finished decluttering your home, there will be much less for you to pack on moving day. This will save you heaps of time and energy packing and moving items you're never going to use again anyway. Remember, if you haven't used it in over a year, you probably don't need it anymore!