Top 10 Things I Recommend You Purge Before You Move

SnoopyMovingIf you’re about to move like I just did, or if you may move in the near future, you may want to consider doing a big, huge, ginormous clear out. Therefore, you have permission to purge the following:

10. … that crystal bowl, vase, or platter you got from Aunt Ethel for your something-eth wedding anniversary; that tie that takes up needless space that you haven’t worn in five years; or candlesticks that look like they belong in a museum rather than in your home.

9. … 20 purses, 50 pairs of shoes, and 30 pairs of boots. Do you really need that much? Also, while you’re at it, remove permanently from your wardrobe any shoes that hurt and clothing you wouldn’t buy in a store RIGHT NOW.

8. … silk scarves that you wore in the 1980s.

7. … a vacuum cleaner and other appliances that weigh in the neighborhood of 25 pounds. Lightweight ones ARE available.

6. … floppy discs. Need I say more?

5. … towels, handtowels, and washcloths that are disgusting, tired, and dated.

4. … stuffed animals, trinkets, and mementos that have absolutely no meaning, nor can you remember where or when you got them.

3. … cleaning supplies that look like they’ve come from the dump instead of looking as if they need to be shipped to the dump.

2. … paint that’s dried up, cakey, and faded. Uh, what’s the point?

1. … and finally, liberate yourself from any and all non-working pieces of machinery, needless or old furniture, broken & disappointing friendships, and scraps of the past.

As Tina Turner once said, “Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go — purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything…whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.”

Now go ahead: toss out some garbage.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Elizabeth says:


  2. SW_ysobel says:

    One more : Books and magazines, only keep the one that are really really important to you. Give the rest to a second hand shop.

    1. You are quite right! I didn’t do as good a job on magazines as I should have. I get attached for no specific reason…

  3. Elizabeth says:

    My goal on magazines has always been to cut out the awesome articles or pictures that inspire me and put them in a sketchbook. But all I have done is buy the sketchbook!

  4. Luanne says:

    Nope, I still have my Peter Maxx scarf from the late sixties. It’s going to grace a museum one day and there will be a little card that I wore it when I was in junior high.

    1. Well, that is a sentimental piece! So you SHOULD NOT throw it away. However, my San Francisco scarf from the 1980s that’s red, white, & blue must go. LOL.

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