Let It Go! Getting Ready for a Move

I’m a big proponent of minimizing possessions. No, not full on minimalist. I still love shoes WAY too much for that. But I think it’s important to take a look at what you own every few months and assess whether you really need everything.

So whether you’re moving into an apartment for the first time, or moving from apartment to apartment, it’s time to dig deep and maybe get out a trash bag…or two.

When going through all your belongings, it’ll be important to separate it out into categories. The less clutter you take with you, the better. I’ve found it easiest to separate things into three different categories – ditch, donate, domicile.


You can do this! While your inner hoarder may scream that it isn’t okay to throw away any possessions, I promise you that it is. Personal story time.

I used to save every single note I wrote in college. Every single subject. From Latin to Ecology. When I began packing to move back home after college, I knew I needed to seriously assess what I needed. I was moving from Louisiana back to Wisconsin, and a cross-country journey with one small sedan is not easy with four years worth of academic efforts in the trunk. So to the curb those notes went. If they weren’t in my head by now, they probably wouldn’t be in the future.

In a consumer-driven society, we are always prone to keep everything we accumulate over time. Eventually, we just end of with piles and pile of STUFF. So please, go through what you have. If it’s overused or worn down or your straight-up just don’t need/use/want it, ditch it.


There is ALWAYS someone in the world who has it worse than you. So if you come across gently used, or even unworn, furniture, clothing, or decor that you won’t be using – give it to a good cause. I know it can be hard to let go of items that you’ve had forever, but it will end up reducing clutter in your life and moving stress and cost in the long-run. To put things in perspective, if you already own 50 t-shirts, will it really hurt to donate your 7th grade basketball warm-up to charity? Exactly. Depending on where you are at in your apartment journey, you may have enough money saved up to buy new furniture. And yes, I understand that selling said used furniture is a purely economical choice that will benefit you personally. But donating these items to charity will also benefit you in more ways that you can imagine and could get you a sweet tax deduction.

Donation giant Goodwill is a great place to donate items, as well as the Salvation Army, or any other local charities that will accept your items.

Pro Tip: If you are donating large items that the charity needs to pick up, make sure you schedule the pick-up well before your moving day.


These are things you know you will be taking with you when you move. These will be essentials such as furniture that’s in good condition, kitchen supplies, and clothing. Anything you use on a day-to-day or regular basis should be included in this category. So that jacket you haven’t worn since 2014? It should already be in your donation pile.

What you choose to ditch, donate, or domicile is all going to be decided on the level of importance you place on your belongings. Even if you don’t necessarily choose to throw anything away, it never hurts to take inventory of what you have and where you’re going!

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