Moving into a new home should be a fun and pleasant experience. Though it can be exciting, new beginnings can be slightly intimidating as well. When you start packing your belongings and valuables, relocate them to your new place, carefully unpack and store away everything. Trust us – it can be daunting and stressful. 

To lighten your load, start by downsizing the number of things you are moving. When you organize and declutter, it can make relocating easier. Throw away items you no longer need or haven’t used in a long time. When you have fewer things to deal with, the move into your new home becomes smoother and less stressful. 

Listen, it’s easy to accumulate a lot of things throughout the years. It’s easy to get lost in the thoughts of, “I’m sure I’ll use this one day!” or “I’ll tuck this away for later.” We’ve all been there. It’s easy to toss things aside and forget about them… well, until moving day. 

What to keep vs. What to get rid of

So, where do you begin? How do you choose what is valuable and what isn’t? Start by determining what has sentimental value. Take a moment and look at the items you are considering tossing or keeping. Think about where or who they came from and if it has meaning to you. 

Was it given to you by someone you love? Was it passed down to you? Keeping it might be the best advice if they have sentimental value. If you aren’t connected with it anymore, perhaps consider passing it along to someone else. 

Do you or don’t you use it?

This is straightforward – if it’s something non-sentimental and you haven’t used it… let’s say, in one year, then there’s a good chance it’s time to say goodbye. If you don’t see yourself using it within the next few years, it’s an excellent opportunity to throw or give it away. While you’re going through your belongings, think of this: Will I use it regularly? When would I use it again?


Donate, sell, and give away.

It goes without saying – one person’s junk is another person’s treasure! On a beautiful weekend morning, throw a yard sale right in the comfort of your own lawn. Not only will you get rid of things in your way, but you will also make some money doing so. Goodwill, The Salvation Army, and other charitable organizations can also be a great way to get rid of unwanted items. Think of it as a win-win. You’re reducing and organizing, all while helping someone in need. 

Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Craigslist, word-of-mouth, you name it. There are plenty of options online or locally for selling your things. This could potentially be cash made to buy new furniture, decorations, or appliances for your new home! Not sure where to go to make a few extra bucks? Visit a local consignment shop, like Plato’s Closet, if you have tons of clothes you no longer wear. 

Last but certainly not least. 

dumpster sitting in driveway

Renting a dumpster can be one of the most straightforward ways of doing a sweep out. When you move, it’s truly amazing how much unwanted junk you end up discovering. You’ve seen them in people’s driveways before, right? There’s nothing better than opening your garage door and tossing stuff directly into it. No matter what type of cleanup you’ll have, there are several different-sized dumpsters to pick from. 

If you plan to do landscaping before selling, throwing out unwanted furniture, or other bulk items, it would be wise to rent a large dumpster. If you’re simply decluttering and doing a light cleanup of toys, clothes, or general household junk, consider a smaller container instead. The process is easy: Rent a dumpster, fill it up, and we pick it up.

Superior Junk Removal in Memphis, TN

Let moving be an adventure. It’s the start of new beginnings and a fresh slate. Why make it more difficult than it should be? With Jake’s Dumpsters, you’ll be making your transition easier. With affordable rates and a friendly team to help get you started, you’ll know exactly why the folks around Memphis, TN, count on us for dumpster rentals. Get the process started, and click here for more info!