5 Items to Leave Behind When Moving

5 Items to Leave Behind When Moving

Are you getting ready to move into a new home or apartment? While moving to a new place can be fun and exciting, packing all of your items is not as desirable.

It’s pretty simple to have a grasp on what you should be packing, but you may not have considered these few things you can leave behind.

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Unused Clothing

Transporting clothing can be quite a project. However, you don’t need to bring it all with you. Now is the perfect time to purge any clothing you haven’t worn, don’t fit in, or that’s gone out of style. 

After you’ve determined what clothes you won’t be taking along, donate them to a local shelter or clothing bin. 

Old Furniture

Furniture can take up large amounts of space in your home. This is why it’s important to plan accordingly. Depending on the size and style of your new home, you may not want nor need some of your current furniture pieces. 

Moving into a new place is a great time to leave all of your damaged, out of style or furniture that you won’t have a place for behind.

Unneeded Paperwork

When packing your current belongings, going through files and other paperwork can be a major task. However, it is important that it’s thoroughly completed. Plan a few weeks ahead of your move-in day to check this off of your to-do list. Go through all of your documents and keep only what you truly need. 

Those receipts you’ve been holding onto for a year or more, it’s time for them to go. Don’t forget to take all of your important tax documents within the past 3 years including needed tax information.

Those receipts you’ve been holding onto for a year or more, it’s time for them to go. It used to be that the IRS recommended keeping all tax documents for several years. However, now that you’re able to file your tax return for free online, the physical copies of tax documents we held for several years have now become digital copies that live indefinitely on our computers—usually saved to the cloud or to an external memory source.


It’s possible that your new place will already have all of your necessary appliances included such as a washer, dryer, stove, etc. If it doesn’t, you will obviously want to bring yours along or sell your current appliances for an upgrade. 

Don’t forget to also take an inventory of your smaller appliances too, especially within your kitchen. If you haven’t used something within the past year or two and don’t foresee yourself needing it in the future, leave it behind.


Bringing food that you already have at your current home to your new home can be tricky depending on the distance between the two. If you are moving close, it’s definitely possible to bring all of your food along in temperature-appropriate bags. If not, focusing on shelf-stable foods is key. Many of the items you keep in your pantry can easily be transported. 

However, you’ll want to check all of the expiration dates to make sure no expired food is making its way into your new home. The process of moving can be long and tedious. With these helpful tips, your move should be a bit lighter and you won’t be needing to go through unwanted items after you have settled in. If you’re still looking for the right place to move to, consider checking out Long Island houses for sale for some of the best listings on the market.