Things You Must Leave Behind When Moving To A New Place

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We all have our own reasons for moving to a new home.

Some of us want more space, others are seeking a change in scenery, and some just need to get away from their current living situation.

No matter the reason you decide it is time for you to move on, there are some items that must be left behind before you can say goodbye to your old place, be it items that you’re contractually obligated to leave for the next owner, such as appliances and fixtures, or items that you want to purge yourself of before settling into your new place. 

Let’s take a more in-depth look at what you should leave behind when you move to a new home. 

What to Leave for the New Homeowners

A number of these items are a connection to the home itself, such as appliances and fixtures.

Often, potential homeowners put in a condition that certain appliances and fixtures like a stove or refrigerator must be left behind.

However, in some cases, it may also be necessary to leave behind things like heating and air conditioning units or an outdoor grill.

Other items, like boxes and bags of household goods, are a new homeowner’s responsibility to replace.

In some cases, there are negotiations between buyer and seller for other items such as furniture or statement pieces that they fall in love with when walking through the home.

This is completely up to the buyer, and if they intend to purchase new furniture for their new home anyway, it can be an easy way to get rid of their old pieces. 

When your furniture removalists arrive, make sure they clearly understand which items are coming, and which items are staying!

What to Purge Before a Move

Moving is an excellent time to purge your closets and your storage units of any unnecessary items, especially if there are boxes still unpacked from the last time you moved! 

Let’s start with the closet.

“Look at each item and ask yourself, “Do I wear this?” If the answer is no, put it in a bag to donate.”

Oftentimes, we gain a collection of clothes, shoes, and accessories that we’ve worn a few times and forgotten about or we’ve outgrown or just generally don’t like anymore. 

What about knick-knacks and décor?

It can be hard to get rid of things that seem like they’ve been a fixture on your shelf forever, however, if an item holds no sentimental value to you and is only taking up space in your closet or collection of knick-knacks on a shelf, it’s time to do what one does best: let it go. 

Finally, consider getting rid of any items that are broken or need repair.

This includes anything from lamps with frayed cords to appliances that don’t work properly.

Making the move to a new home is the ideal time to finally get rid of all those things you’ve been meaning to fix, but secretly know you probably never will. 

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The Benefits of Decluttering and Starting Fresh

The benefits of decluttering and starting fresh are endless! We love to keep saying that it’s good for the soul, but decluttering also brings about other benefits.

For starters, decluttering creates more space in your life.

You’ll have more room to store new items you purchase without clogging up your closets and homes as much.

This will result in you having less stress since you won’t have so much weighing on your mind. 

Another positive benefit of purging is that you’re likely to feel calmer and more relaxed!

It has been shown that there are links between clutter and anxiety-causing thoughts.

With this in mind, you’ll be able to sleep easier at night knowing that everything is stored away and in its proper place and you do not need to keep thinking about it. 

There are numerous benefits of decluttering, so if you’ve been putting off that whole process, now is the time to take action while you’re looking forward to a fresh new start!


Leaving things behind is never easy, but it’s necessary for new homeowners to purge their old belongings.

Moving into a new place provides an opportunity to start fresh and declutter your life by getting rid of the unnecessary items you don’t need anymore.

Before packing up and saying goodbye to everything that has meaning in your current home, take some time thinking about what stays with you as well as what needs to go.

The long-term benefits will outweigh any short-term pain associated with leaving these memories behind!


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