Simple Moves & Storage

37 Things To Get Rid Of Before You Move House

We’re well and truly into spring, and if you’re relocating to a new home, you’re probably combining your packing with a little spring cleaning. With 29% of Canadians admitting that their home is the most disorganized aspect of their life, a new address can be the perfect opportunity to nip all that clutter in the bud, once and for all. 

Understandably, you may be a little hung up on what to keep and what to toss in the trash. The truth is, getting rid of stuff is often harder than we anticipate, particularly if there’s a nostalgic value attached to the item. With increasing environmental concerns amongst households, loading up the garbage bags can also make you feel pretty wasteful. So, make sure to recycle or donate what you can. 

If you’re the indecisive type or need a little help with your organizing process, we’ve listed the must-get-rid-of items according to room. Once you’ve tackled the jumble of unnecessary stuff, you’ll be more prepared to start packing and boxing the important items that are coming with you to your new home. 


1.Old and outdated food in your fridge and freezer. 

2.Broken or unused kitchen gadgets. 

3.Random dishes, glasses and crockery that once belonged to a set. 

4.Opened bottles of alcohol or other liquids that you don’t intend to consume.

5.Any Tupperware that’s missing lids or gets no use.

6.Damaged pots and pans.

7.Herbs and spices that are gathering dust. 


8.Old threadbare towels.

9.Unused and expired toiletries. 

10.Expired medications.

11.Shower curtains.


12.Old pillows and duvet sets.

13.Past-their-prime bed covers.

14.Frayed or damaged blankets.


15.Any items you haven’t worn in the past year. 

16. Damaged or outgrown garments that you will not be altering or fixing. 

17.Broken or unworn shoes.


18.Any marketing or promotional gifts.

19.Cheap furniture that has been chipped or damaged.

20.Unopened boxes from a previous move.


22.Old paperwork and business cards.

23.Knick-knack gifts and items that you don’t derive utility from. 

24.Cheap prints, posters, and artworks that don’t hold meaning for you or fit your new home’s style.

25.Random cables, cords and chargers.

26.Instruction manuals. 

27. Suitcases and luggage you no longer use. 

28.Old magazines.

29.VHS and cassette tapes, plus any CDs you don’t or can’t listen to. 

30. Toys the kids no longer play with or have outgrown. 

31.Old holiday decorations that don’t make it out of the box – ever

32.Birthday and greeting cards. 

33.Old curtains.

34.Any unread books.

35.Tattered rugs and carpets.

36.Musical instruments that were never played.

37.Used notebooks. 

Remember, a lot of this stuff can and should be given away or appropriately disposed of, but once you’ve confronted the emotional attachment to the items that add no real value to your present life, the rest of your move becomes much easier. Starting clean and making a decision to accumulate less clutter in the future will put you back in control of your domestic environment and make settling into your new home more pleasant and exciting. 

While we’re more than happy to help you pack and transport any belongings or pieces of furniture, taking stock of your personal inventory is always a good idea. By carefully reviewing your household contents and clearing out the things you’ve outgrown or no longer need, the process of moving becomes more enjoyable, and you’ll feel less overwhelmed when it comes to unpacking. So, happy spring cleaning, and don’t forget to give us a call when you’re ready to move.