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Top 10 Things to Get Rid of When Moving


One of the benefits of moving to a new home is it gives you an opportunity to take a look at all of your possessions and identify those items that you really don’t need any more.  Whether you’re downsizing to a smaller home or you’re just trying to de-clutter, getting rid stuff during a move helps to lighten your load and stay organized.  Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start.  If you feel like you have too much extra stuff in your home, but can’t decide what should stay and what should go, we have some ideas for you.  Here is a list of the top 10 things that you should get rid of when moving:

1. Clothes That Don’t Fit Anymore
Everyone has that one really cool pair of jeans or an old tee shirt that they just know they’ll fit into again one day.  While it might be okay to keep one or 2 of these items of clothing around as motivation or just for fun, it’s definitely not worth moving a whole closet full of old clothes that no longer fit.  Time to give them away and lighten your load.

2. Cheap Art and Posters
The problem with posters and other outdated wall hangings is that they are tough to keep in good condition when moving.  Unless you’re really attached to that poster of your favorite athlete when you were 13, it’s probably a good idea to take a really good selfie in front of it and then dump it.

3. Extra Books
Some people use books to decorate their home. Others are read-a-holics that have a hard time parting with any piece of literature they’ve ever read. Before you move, select your top 10 favorite books that you might read again one day and then donate the rest.  You’ll be glad you did on moving day!

4. DVD and CD Cases
There are many different opinions out there about the pros and cons of keeping DVD and CD cases.  The truth is, unless you are a die-hard collector, you don’t really need the cases.  They take up way too much space and can be difficult to pack.  Toss the cases out and then welcome yourself to the digital age.

5. Stuffed Animals
We know this can be a touchy subject – some people are very attached to their stuffed animals. Stop and think about where these stuffed animals will end up if they make the move with you to your new home. Will a majority of them end up on the top shelf in your closet or under your bed? If so, it’s better to cut ties and send them on their way now before you have to figure out how to pack them up.

6. Kitchen Appliances You Don’t Really Use
Remember that nifty bread maker you got as a wedding present back in the 90’s – the one that sits in a bottom cupboard collecting dust? We’re officially giving you permission to get rid of it. While you’re at it, find the other kitchen appliances you never use and take them all to the nearest Goodwill before you move.

7. The Stuff in Your Garage
Some garages are half-full of boxes with stuff that people hope they might use some day.  As you prepare for your upcoming move, take a good look at that stuff and decide if it’s really worth moving. Maybe it’s time to donate or sell these items so you can free up more space at your new home.

8. Old Mugs
On moving day, the fewer boxes you have labeled “FRAGILE,” the better. Dishes are especially tricky to move as they need to be carefully wrapped and loaded so they make it to their destination in one piece. As you pack your dishes, pick out the old coffee mugs and other dishes you seldom use for a special trip to the second-hand store.

9. Old Electronics
Generally speaking, people tend to keep old electronics around for one of two reasons – they are hoping to fix them up and use them again someday or they simply don’t know the best way to dispose of them. These items can be heavy and very difficult to move. Chances are they’ll end up taking up space at your new home just like they do now. Now is your chance to get rid of old televisions, stereos and computers before moving day arrives.

10. The Stuff You Forgot About
Here’s a common scenario – you’re packing up your closet in preparation for your upcoming move when you come across an old suitcase full of memorabilia, magazines and recipe books that you totally forgot you had. Here’s what you do – don’t stop for even a minute to look through the contents of this old suitcase. Close it up and take it straight to the garbage! If you didn’t even remember that you had that stuff, chances are you’ll never miss any of it.

For more tips and ideas on what items it’s okay to let go of when moving or to find out how we can help when moving day arrives, call Get Your Move On today at 480-695-6621.

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Get Your Move On Partners with National Non-Profit, Move For Hunger

PHOENIX, AZ – Get Your Move On, a premier moving and storage company in Arizona, has committed to fighting hunger in their community by partnering with the national hunger relief organization Move For Hunger.  As part of their national network, Get Your Move On joins Move For Hunger’s force of relocation companies throughout North America: to date, they have delivered more than 6 million pounds of food – 5 million meals – to local food banks throughout North America.  Food insecurity affects over 1.1 million people in Arizona; 1 in 4 children in the state go to bed hungry each night. Get Your Move On, who provides relocation services throughout the state, recognized the urgency of their neighbors’ needs and joined Move For Hunger to continue the fight against hunger and spread awareness of the growing need in Arizona and across North America.

When people move, they often throw out a good deal of “stuff.” Unfortunately, much of this stuff is food that could be delivered to a family in need rather than just left behind.  The crew of Get Your Move On will now be collecting those food items from their customers and delivering them directly to the local community food bank.  The service is free to customers and turns every move into an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate, simply by donating the cans and non-perishables on moving day.

“We are thrilled to have Get Your Move On join us in the fight against hunger,” says Adam Lowy, Founder and Executive Director of Move For Hunger. “With such devastating hunger statistics at both the local and national level, their efforts will provide crucial support to the food bank’s mission to feed the hungry.”

“When we realized how many of our neighbors were going hungry, we knew we had to do something,” explains Derek Greene, of Get Your Move On. “Move For Hunger gives us the opportunity to help our  community in a meaningful way.”

With 17% of the population in Arizona affected by food insecurity, including nearly 435,000 children, it has never been more important to come together to help neighbors who are less fortunate. Through the support of partners like Get Your Move On,  Move For Hunger can continue to help the nearly 50 million Americans struggling to find their next meal.

Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that mobilizes the relocation industry to fight hunger and reduce food waste. They work with companies across North America to collect unwanted, unopened food from people who are relocating and deliver it to local food banks. To date, their network has collected over 6,000,000 pounds of food. For more information or to find out how you can help support Move For Hunger, visit


Dan Beam, Communications Manager
Move For Hunger or (732) 774-0521 x109

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