Identifying Storage Issues

To Pack Or To Toss? Household Items You May Want To Leave Behind In Your Move

As you prepare to move into a new house, you will have to go through the process of sorting and organizing the items in your home. And in that sorting process, one of the decisions you will need to make is whether you are going to keep items or get rid of them. While many of those decisions are deeply personal, depending on your individual memories, attachments, and values, there are some items that you should probably not take with you when you move into a new home. Get to know some of these items so you can better plan what to leave behind in your moving process.

Interior and Exterior House Paint

House paint is one of those items that you really do not need to take with you when you move to a new home. First of all, it is highly unlikely that you have enough paint left to paint an entire room or house, and it is even more unlikely that your new home will have the same color scheme. Old cans of paint will just clutter up your new house or garage and take up otherwise usable space.

In addition to all of this, it can actually be dangerous to transport paint over long distances. Paint is highly flammable. It can also release dangerous fumes when being transported. Instead of taking your old paint with you, contact your city about hazardous waste disposal options and properly dispose of your paint before you leave.


If you are moving across state lines in particular, you should not plan on taking your houseplants along with you. Many states have strict laws about what you can and cannot move across state lines and plants are often on the list of those items not allowed.

The reason that plants are not supposed to cross state lines is that they could have certain types of insects on them that could be hazardous to indigenous plant life in the state. Governments want to limit the number of potentially dangerous pests that can cross over into the state.

Plants also do not do well when moved long distances. They can experience light deficiencies as well as other traumas that could damage or kill the plants. Instead of trying to move them a long distance, opt to give your houseplants to a friend or family member in town that can take good care of them.

Clothes that Don't Fit Well

When you are moving, you have an excellent opportunity to weed out the excess in your wardrobe. Go through your clothes carefully and determine which items you will no longer wear, and which items are ill-fitting.

Carefully sort through your wardrobe. Set aside the items you wear on a regular basis to pack for the move. Then, try on each of the items in the other pile. Do they fit well? Do you like the way you look and feel in them? Are they free of holes, stains, or other problems?

If your answer to any of these questions is "no," you should opt to get rid of those items. They will only take up room in your boxes as well as in your new home and will continue to go unworn and unused.

Knowing these items to leave behind when you are moving to a new home can help you improve upon your moving experience. Get in touch with local moving services for more help.