If you’re selling your home or buying a new one, moving is on the calendar in 2016. It’s best to get started now, going through all your stuff to decide, “Is this really worth hauling to my new home?”

The more you’re able to clear out now, the less you’ll pay in mover fees! Here are some top tips to get clean and clear now.


  • Financial papers. Generally, tax-related documents should be kept for seven years. Other bills and statements, if not tax-related, can be kept to show a one- to two-year trend.
  • Warranties and product instructions. These should stay with the items they’re for—so leave them behind with property that conveys to the next owner.


  • Plan a run to electronics recycling if you have any old cords, chargers, connectors in a miscellaneous box you haven’t touched in ages.


  • Chemicals. Moving companies won’t move hazardous items. If your garage, basement or shed contains bug/weed killers, paint, oil, and other solutions, give them away to those who will use them properly or turn them in to hazardous waste. Do not dump these items down the sink, sewer or into the ground.
  • Medicines. Old medicine can be turned into hazardous waste facilities or some police stations. Don’t flush them down the toilet or sink.


  • Clothing. Clothes that aren’t able to be worn again can be recycled into rags. Check for textile recycling in your area. Clothes in good shape can be sold at consignment shops or donated to shelters and second hand shops.
  • Décor. You might have boxes of old framed prints, vases, figurines, etc. kicking around. Take these items to the local second hand shop or donation center.
  • Linens. If the items are still usable, consider donating them to a homeless shelter or second hand shop or pet shelter. If they’re threadbare, textile recycling.
  • Furniture. Online selling sites, second hand shops, shelters working with people in need, and friends are great outlets for decreasing the amount of furniture you own.