Moving is a chance for a fresh start, which means it’s time to donate or toss food, supplies, and more that don’t have a spot at your new place.
Start with a Reevaluation
In your new kitchen, do you want a kitchen full of everything you could ever need for a recipe, or a kitchen that’s stocked with just the basics? Decide if you want to upgrade or downsize your kitchen, and consider your spending toward the kitchen. Would you rather have newer, quality supplies or stick with the old basics? This will dictate what you decide to keep and what you decide to get rid of.
Donate These Items
- Canned food items you will never eat. Someone in need could use those food items.
- Kitchen appliances you don’t need or barely use. Space in any home is a commodity, so make sure you’re using the real estate wisely. Another home could use the appliance you don’t need.
As always, donated items should be gently used and in perfect using order. Food should be non-perishable.
Toss These Items
Tossing should be reserved for items in your kitchen that are old, not working, or never going to be used.
- In terms of food, half-eaten bags of chips don’t need to come to your new house. Full boxes of pasta and other boxed foods, however, can come with you.
- Broken appliances. If it’s not working correctly or isn’t energy efficient, it might be time to let it go. If it does work, but you’re looking to upgrade, look for a friend or family member who could use it.
Time to Upgrade
The toaster you’ve had since your first apartment might not belong in your new home. Take a look at upgrading your appliances and supplies, if you can afford to upgrade. Look for high-quality and long-lasting appliances.
Remember: Moving is a chance to reevaluate what you really need in your new home.