Congratulations on finding a new home! Whether you recently purchased a cosy cottage, a trendy apartment or a custom home, you now have the perfect opportunity to de-clutter your life and start fresh.

As you pack for your upcoming move, don’t bother with the following items. As most moving companies charge by size and weight, you’ll save more money if you throw these items into a skip bin rather than into a box for the moving van.

1. Perishable Food

Your refrigerator and freezer will have to travel unplugged during your trip, which means anything that needs to be chilled will quickly spoil.

Over the next few days and weeks, make sure to use up any vegetables, fruits, dairy products and deli meats that take up space in your fridge. And as your food supplies dwindle down to the last few essentials, plan on visiting your favourite restaurants rather than restocking. Toss any remaining food in the bin before you leave.

Keep in mind that the non-perishable foods in your pantry, such as canned soups, biscuits and cereal, store beautifully in box. So hold onto these items until you’ve moved into your new home.

2. Cheap Furniture

Furnishing a home on a budget is tough, so you have a few old chairs, coffee tables and nightstands that have seen better days. These pieces can be great placeholders until you can afford sturdier items, but they often don’t hold up well during a move.

For example, your wobbly table will likely lose a screw and your rickety chair may even lose a leg. Even worse, your chipped and tattered furniture will take up valuable space in your moving truck, costing you money that could go toward more valuable items.

If the furniture still has some usability, give it to a neighbour or friend in need. But don’t hesitate to throw any broken desks or damaged bed frames in the bin.

3. Appliances Beyond Repair

Refrigerators, washers and dryers represent a significant investment. You need them to work for as long as possible, and you can’t imagine your regular life without them. So naturally you’d want to take them with you to your new place.

However, some machines aren’t worth the repairs. If you find that you can’t keep your refrigerator running without a monthly visit from a technician, you should carefully consider leaving it behind. The machine’s weight and size will increase your moving costs, and if you try to move the appliance yourself, you could put yourself at risk for injury.

When you arrive at your next home, invest in an Energy Star-rated appliance that will save you money in utilities.

4. Magazines and Newspapers

If you subscribe to any newspapers or magazines, you may have a stack of old issues sitting in your living room. Individually, a single magazine or newspaper seems small enough to take with you. But as a collection, they add unnecessary weight to your trip.

Rather than waste space, quickly skim through any issues that catch your eye, remove any recipes or how-to articles you wish to keep and toss the rest into the bin. Better still, check to see if your magazine or newspaper is available online. You can save a lot of paper and space if you switch to a digital subscription.

Remember to Donate Whenever You Can

If you toss the above items in your skip bin, you won’t have to work nearly as hard to pack everything onto your moving van. Contact your local skip bin company if you need to hire a larger bin while you declutter.

Though some items should definitely go in the trash, keep in mind that other salvageable goods can still go to a good home. Many humane societies and charities accept gently used clothing, like-new children’s toys and slightly stained towels. Talk to the staff at your local collection centre to see what household goods they accept.

Backyard Bins Team

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