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70 Thing to Get Rid of Before Moving

Moving can be an overwhelming task in itself. However, trying to move and find a place for old stuff that you don’t even need can be frustrating. To cut down on stress and clutter go room by room and get rid of unwanted items. You can purge in advance or while you are packing. Just don’t take the junk to your new house. The amount of time spent on sorting through things to get rid of before moving will vary depending on how long you have lived in your current home. Many homeowners find they have more tucked away than they realized. So just take a deep breath and take one step at a time.

Some of the items below can be harmful to the environment so you will want to take extra precautions to dispose of them. For example paint, latex paint is most commonly used for home interiors in which cat litter can be added to help break it down. Oil-based paints are considered hazardous waste so find a drop-off location or check with a local official for instructions. Expired medication is another important one to dispose of properly. Most cities have a drug take-back program in place where they have an annual event to drop off the old and unused medicine. You can also check with a local pharmacy or police station as they may have a dropbox available year-round.

Magazines and paper products may not be toxic to the environment but consider recycling them.

Old towels or pillows that may no longer be visually appealing could also be donated to an animal shelter.

If you know you are going to have a substantial amount of things to get rid of before moving you may want to consider hiring a junk removal company. This will allow you to get rid of your trash in bulk. If you wait to put it in your regular trash bins, it could slow the process down by waiting for trash day to come around to empty the cans so you can throw away the more rubbage.

Here we have listed 70 Things to Get Rid of Before Moving:


1. Old towels that are stained, have holes, or unraveling
2. Old make-up that has expired or you do not use
3. Expired or sample size toiletries
4. Dried up nail polish
5. Worn out bath mats
6. Dirty shower curtain liners
7. Old air fresheners
8. Expired medication
10. Hair products that didn’t work
11. Old toothbrushes
12. Disliked lotions, perfumes, and hygiene products

Living Room

13. Magazines
14. Newspapers
15. Games that are missing pieces
16. Worn drink coasters
17. Wall art you don’t love
18. Burnt out candles

Garage / Storage / Outdoors

19. Old electronics
20. Outdated home decor
21. Extra phone, computer, and charging cords
22. Cards people have given you with no sentimental value
23. Scraps of wrapping paper and tissue
24. Expired vouchers
25. Outdated coupons
26. Damaged outdoor toys
27. Broken pots
28. Rusted tools
29. Outgrown bikes
30. Leftover home project materials (wood, tile, etc.)
31. Promotional items you got for free from an event
32. Plastic grocery bags
33. Saved up collection of twisty ties
34. Old Paint
35. Broken holiday decorations

Bedroom & Closet

36. Old pillows
37. Worn out shoes
38. Clothes that don’t fit
39. Clothes that have not been worn in 18 months
40. Broken hangers
41. Stained or damaged clothes that cant be cleaned
42. Old undergarments
43. Missing socks or that have holes
44. Broken jewelry
45. Worn out sheets


46. Expired food
47. Missing socks or that have holes
48. Unused coffee cups
49. Chipped bowls and plates
50. Outdated spices
51. Napkins from the restaurant
52. Old party supplies
53. Unused food containers that were saved
54. Containers without lids
55. Novelty gadgets
56. Restaurant packets
57. Empty containers
58. Recipe books that are not used
59. Duplicate utensils


60. Old Calendars
61. Used Notepads
62. Non-working pens & Markers
63. Empty gift cards
64. Business Cards that you won’t need
65. Used up tape dispensers
66. Overused filing folders
67. Unread books
68. Manuals (most can be found online now)
69. Dated bills receipts, and paperwork (shred)
70. Old Art supplies

“It’s a very strange phenomenon, but when we reduce what we own and essentially ‘detox’ our house, it has a detox effect on our bodies as well.” – Marie Kondo. Getting rid of trash and clutter can be tiresome but channel your inner Marie Kondo as it will all be worth it all in the end.

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