Five Things to Throw Away Before Your Next Move

Moving to a new home is a lot of work, but to cut down on the amount of the stuff you have to move, you may want to hire a skip and start throwing stuff out. To help you pare down your possessions, here are some key items you should consider getting rid of.

1. Ripped and Threadbare Clothing and Linens

As a general rule of thumb, you should get rid of any clothing you haven't worn in more than a year, unless you really love the item and want to hang on to it for sentimental reasons. While a lot of clothing and linens can be donated to charity shops, you may want to just throw ripped or threadbare linens and clothing into the skip. Otherwise, you saddle the charity with the task of sorting and taking care of those items.

2. Video Game and DVD Cases

The clunky cases for video games and DVDs can waste a lot of room. Consider popping those cases into the skip, and reorganising your discs into a binder with sleeves. That helps optimise space in your new home and in the moving truck.

3. Falling-Apart Books

Just as giving ripped clothing to charities doesn't necessarily make sense, neither does donating falling apart books. If you have books that you no longer want to own with ripped pages or broken binding, you may just want to send those tired old tomes to the landfill. In some cases, the rubbish company may be able to recycle that paper — so remember to ask about that option as well.

4. Old Paperwork

If you're like a lot of people, you probably have a few filing cabinets or a drawer full of old paperwork. The good news is that you probably don't have to move all of that stuff. Set aside some time to go through old documents and get rid of what you don't need. In particular, if you have tax documents or receipts that are more than five years old, you can definitely toss those in the rubbish — the Australian Taxation Office only requires you to keep records for five years.

5. Makeup and Toiletries

Finally, when you pack up your bathroom, you may find lots of old items that you can throw away. In particular, consider getting rid of old makeup. For instance, many guides suggest only using mascara for three months and getting rid of it. Half used shampoo, bars of soap and similar products also fall into this category.

To prepare for your move, contact a rubbish company today. If you have an estimate of how much stuff you plan to throw away, the company can steer you toward the size of skip you need.