Do It Yourself

PACKING UP AND MOVING OUT.

The toughest part of moving out of your home isn't the packing, it's deciding what to leave behind. Our Guide to Packing Up and Moving Out will help.

BEFORE YOU START

  • Take inventory of the storage spaces in the place you're moving into: closets, basement, garage, and attic.
  • Find out about local charities and recycling centers in your area. Some will even come to your home for pickups.
  • Contact your friends about taking some of your stuff. You know what they say about one person's trash.
  • Prepare for the debris ahead of time by getting a Bagster® bag.

THINGS YOU'LL NEED

  • Utility gloves
  • Boxes
  • Markers
  • Newspaper for packing
  • Bubble Wrap®
  • Refreshments (a must!)
  • A Bagster bag

THE 2-YEAR TEST

Sometimes it can be hard to part with your old belongings. But if you come across anything that you haven't seen or used in two years, think very seriously about getting rid of it.

SORT IT

To make it easier on yourself, start by sorting your possessions into three piles and go from there.

  • Keep it
  • Donate it
  • Discard it

HINT: One way to keep from getting bogged down is by setting a time limit for each group of items you sort.

IS IT STILL PACKED

If you have boxes you haven’t unpacked since your last move, there’s a good change you can live without whatever’s inside.

BONUS: If the box is in good condition, you should reuse it.

IS IT STILL BROKEN?

Packing broken items probably isn't the best use of space or effort. Besides, if you haven't gotten whatever's broken fixed by now, there's a good chance you don't really need it.

SHARING THE NEW SPACE

Moving in with someone is the perfect time to rethink your "single-occupancy" lifestyle. Get together with your other half over a bottle of wine, and take an inventory of all your possessions. Don't keep score of whose duplicates are making the move.

WORD TO THE WISE: Start by discarding anything an ex gave you.

ANOTHER MAN'S TREASURE

Just because you can't use an item in your new home doesn't mean someone else won't find it indispensable. Think about donating items to a charity or giving them to a friend. Of course, always recycle whenever possible.

MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF

Parting with certain items is hard enough. You don't need to face the challenge of how to do it. Having a roomy waste solution like a Bagster bag makes the process of discarding items a lot easier. Just fill it with up to 3,300 lb of debris. Then schedule a collection and it's gone.