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Things to get rid of before moving

Posted on 2 August 2023

Moving house can be exciting, however, it’s certainly not easy. Moving all the possessions you’ve accrued over the years to a new property can be more than a little challenging. You may not realise exactly how many things you own until the time comes to pack to move house. With this in mind, one of the most essential tasks when moving house is to declutter and get rid of any unnecessary items. This will lighten your load and allow you to start afresh in your new home. Read on to find out what things to get rid of before moving. 

10 things to get rid of before movingWoman holding cardboard box

  • Broken appliances and electronics. If you never got around to fixing the old washing machine that’s sat in your garage or tinkering with a broken DVD player, chances are you’ll never do it. Instead of taking them to your new home where they’ll create more clutter, it may be time to say goodbye. 
  • Unwanted or outgrown clothing. Before you move, go through your wardrobe and find any clothes that you either no longer wear or don’t fit anymore. Moving house is the perfect time to let go of clothing from your past that no longer serves you. 
  • Expired medicines and foods. Rather than simply sweeping the contents of your kitchen cupboards and medicine cabinet into a box ready to take to your new home, it’s best to check for expiration dates. Get rid of any foods, beverages or medicines that have expired, making sure you dispose of them safely. Keep in mind that unopened and out-of-date medicines should be returned to pharmacies. 
  • Old toys. You may want to keep a few old toys for sentimental reasons. However, it’s usually best to be ruthless with those that your child no longer plays with or has outgrown. Keeping old toys can take up unnecessary space in your new home. We recommend throwing them out if they’re in poor condition or donating them to children who can still enjoy them. 
  • Furniture. You may want to consider saying goodbye to old furniture when moving house. Whether it’s not the right size or style for your new pad, or it’s outdated and worn, it doesn’t make sense for it to take up space in the removal van. Either throw it in a skip if it’s reached the end of its life or donate it to charity so someone else can use it. 

More things to get rid of before moving:

  • Towels and bedding. You may be surprised at how much bedding and towels you’ve collected over the years. Assess their condition carefully. If they are worn, torn, or stained beyond repair, it’s usually best to dispose of them and buy new ones for your new home.
  • CDs, DVDs, cassettes and videos. Many people have a collection of old media such as CDs and DVDs and even cassettes and videos taking up space in their homes. However, if you no longer possess the appliances needed to watch or listen to them, it makes sense to dispose of or donate them. In this day and age, you should be able to access the same music or movies digitally. 
  • Mismatched mugs and crockery. If your kitchen cupboards look a little jumbled, you’re not alone. As crockery breaks over the years and new sets are given to us, it can start to look mismatched. Before moving house, it’s best to give your crockery an overhaul and consider throwing out any that you don’t use.
  • Old paperwork and documents. Sort through your files and shred or recycle any unnecessary or outdated paperwork and documents. This will help to reduce clutter. Keep any essential documents such as passports and birth certificates in a separate folder to ensure they’re safely transported to your new home.
  • Hobby items. Hobbies can take up more space in your home than you realise. Your bedroom may be brimming with books you’ll never read again or your cupboards crammed with long-forgotten craft supplies. If you know you’ll never use your hobby items again, it’s best to reduce clutter by disposing of them safely. 

Open cardboard boxes with books, tape and scissorsHire a skip when moving house

Now you know which things to get rid of before moving house, you may be wondering exactly how to do this. Should you pack all your unwanted items into your car boot and take several trips to the local tip? Or what about hiring a man with a van to take them away for you? The most popular option is to hire a skip. Many people choose to hire domestic skips in Rotherham when they want to dispose of items they don’t want or use anymore. Skips come in various sizes to meet your needs, including 4 and 6-cubic yard mini skips which are ideal for house moves. 

Domestic skips in Rotherham

At Beta Skips, we’re proud to be one of the leading suppliers of domestic skips in Rotherham. Not only do we supply skips in many different sizes but we can also offer a same or next-day delivery service. This allows you to start disposing of your unwanted items right away. We can help you obtain a skip permit too, which will be necessary if you want to put the skip on public land such as a road or pavement. You can throw almost anything into our skips, making them ideal for getting rid of unwanted possessions before moving house. 

Contact us

To hire domestic skips in Rotherham, get in touch with our team today. You can either call us on 01709 645038 or send us a message via our website. We will aim to get back to you as quickly as we can to assist you with your skip hire needs. 


Contact Us

If you’re ready to find out more about skip hire in Rotherham, or Mexborough, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call us on 01709 645038 for Rotherham, or 01709 645039 for Mexborough. You can also send us a message via the website. We’ll aim to get back to you as soon as possible. Our friendly team are waiting to answer your questions and provide you with a competitive quote for the skip hire in Rotherham service you require.