Eliminate Rather Than Relocate While you're organizing or packing for your move, sift, sort and use a heavy hand toward the trash can.
Let common sense and these tips be your guide.
1. The Floor Plan.
If possible, get a floor plan of your future residence, or make one to scale on graph paper. Try to fit your
furniture in the mock up. If it won't fit on paper, it won't fit when you arrive. Get rid of it.
2. Color-Coordinate Your Move.
If the sofa just won't match, don't move it. Often you can replace furniture and appliances more cost-effectively
than you can re-upholster and move them.
3. Ignore the "I Might Need It Someday" Syndrome.
Don't move the riding mower to an apartment. Part with tools you won't have a place to use. And remember, junk
is junk. You don't need a furnished attic.
4. Book Learning.
Condense your library as much as possible and then investigate the cost of mailing treasured volumes compared
to the cost of moving them. The special postage rate for books may save you money.
5. Plan for Plants.
Check with your mover. It is illegal to bring plants into many states. Even if it is possible, it may not be sensible.
6. It's Not Dirt Cheap.
If you're determined to take your huge outdoor planters, fill them with miscellaneous items instead of dirt. Same
goes with the sandbox. There will be dirt and sand where you're going.
7. The Shirt Off Your Back.
While one dress or one suit doesn't weigh much, the average full wardrobe carton weighs 75 pounds. So if
you're never going to wear it, don't move it. Contact your local Goodwill agency and make a donation -- there
may be tax benefits.
8. The Sound of Money.
Hundreds of CDs and DVDs can make for a heavy box. Burn your favorite songs to your computer and you’ll
be able to keep the music without the bulk of the discs. Go through your DVD collection and eliminate DVDs that
you’ll no longer watch. Sell your outdated CDs and DVDs for cash.
9. Toys -- The Kids'.
Now's the time to clean out the toy box. If the kids are old enough, give them incentive. Let them stage their own
garage sale and keep the profits to buy something special -- after you've moved.
10. Toys -- Yours.
If your treadmill hasn't gone a mile in months, moving it won't help. Consider selling weight-lifting equipment and
replacing it at your destination. Remember, weight equals cost. Sell any hobby equipment you no longer enjoy.
11. Food for Thought.
Frozen foods cannot be shipped, so eat up. Consume canned goods and food staples, and don't replenish them.
Plan menus to make the most of what you have. Be sure to empty your refrigerator completely and clean
thoroughly to prevent odor problems.
12. Handyman Heavies.
The workshop is a storehouse of bulky, heavy items. Evaluate them carefully -- from the workbench to the tools.
It might be advantageous to replace the massive workbench, etc.
Unless they're valuable, or you're sure they'll fit and flatter your new residence, get them out from underfoot.
14. The Swing Set.
You'll probably come out ahead with your back, your kids and your finances if you replace it rather than move it.
Burn your firewood prior to your move. Sell or give remaining wood to friends or neighbors. Don’t move it,
especially if your new home doesn’t have a fireplace.
16. Cue Clues.
A pool table requires special handling. Your best shot might be to sell it and then replace it at your new destination.
Pianos and organs also require special handling and should be tuned after a move. If they're an enjoyable part of
your lifestyle, move them. If they're just impressive trimming, you might want to trim your moving cost.
18. Bah Humbug.
Be Scrooge when it comes to special holiday decorations. Don't move what you can't or won't use.
19. Don't Be Fuelish.
Do not under any conditions move flammable items. Empty fuel from the lawn mower, power tools or kerosene
lamps. Don't take paints (oil base), bleach, cleaning fluids, lighter fluids, matches, ammunition or any other type of combustible. Check the kids' chemistry set. Butane tanks cannot be loaded into a moving van unless they are
certified as being professionally purged. If you have doubts, don't take it. Better safe than sorry.
20. Can Your Aerosol Cans.
A seemingly innocent aerosol can of hair spray could explode and endanger your whole shipment. Eliminate all
aerosol cans -- hair sprays, shaving creams, deodorants, household cleaners, insecticides, tarnish removers,
car cleaners and others.