The phrase “you get what you pay for” has never been more true when it comes to furniture. While you save major bucks on cheaper furniture like IKEA, you can’t really expect it to have a long life span. After all, a mahogany wood dresser has a very different quality than a faux wood one. Most inexpensive mass-produced furniture is made out of either plastics or particle board (a wood produce made out of wood chips), so it’s not made to last. “It’s not designed to be moved,” says Scott Michael, president and CEO of the American Moving and Storage Association. “The furniture probably isn’t strong enough.”
Your kids’ toys
If your kids are grown, why do you still have boxes upon boxes of toys from when they were five years old? Now obviously you don’t want to get rid of your child’s favourite baby blanket, but if it’s something they played with once or twice, or it’s been hiding in the back of your basement for a decade-plus, it’s not worth bringing to your new place. Struggling on how to pack all your kids’ toys? Michael actually recommends not packing it. “If it’s a toy that they love, make sure it goes with you in either the plane or car,” he says. “You want the toys they care about to be found easily.”
This season, “cleaning” is about more than just tidying up your house.
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Worn out furniture
If your couch is stained or missing a seat cushion, you should consider just tossing the piece rather than bringing it with you. Most moving companies charge per box or room for large moves, so you’ll save yourself some money by actually leaving things behind. Smaller moves are typically charged by the hour, thus the fewer boxes you have equals a quicker—and cheaper—move. But if you can’t bring yourself to throw away an expensive piece of furniture, try reupholstering the cushions or re-staining the wood.