Realtor - Amanda S. Davidson: Take It or Toss It? A Guide To Planning For A Move

Take It or Toss It? A Guide To Planning For A Move

Take It or Toss It? A Guide To Planning For A Move
We recently wrote a post about working on 
getting your home ready for sale on the interior while it’s still cold out. Tackling overflowing closets by getting rid of items you no longer use was one of our main points. It got me thinking that while de-cluttering sounds easy to many of us (and for some it is) for others it poses the question of what to take and what to toss?


Take It or Toss It


Clothing – start by asking yourself when the last time was that you wore it. If the answer is more than a year ago the odds of wearing it anytime soon aren’t high. Toss it! If you still can’t decide ask yourself if you’d buy it again – perhaps in a different size or color. If the answer is no it’s time to toss it.

 Take It or Toss It


Household items – if you have multiple sets of dishes that you don’t use it might be time to get rid of some or maybe you’ve accumulated various sets of bed sheets over the years and aren’t sure what to take with you. We again recommend asking yourself a couple questions to determine the take it or toss it answer. If you’re using an item regularly chances are there’s no question you’re taking it but, if it’s been collecting dust ask yourself if you want to pay to move it.


Take It or Toss It


Sentimental items – this can be a broad category. Things from high school, items your grandparents gave you, something from on old flame – the list can go on and on. Hold an item in your hand (if you can) and see what memory it jogs. If you can’t recall where it came from you don’t need to move it with you but, if it’s an item that you’d be sad if it were broken or lost it’s likely worth taking.

Read more in our full Take It or Toss It article.


Take It or Toss It




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Comment balloon 24 commentsAmanda S. Davidson • February 16 2018 09:24PM


HI Amanda S. Davidson - Great blog! It is so timely. You are so right. If you have not used (or worn) an item in 6 months, you probably won't. Unless it is a summer item. Nice work.

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 10 months ago


Even if you are not moving, your article is great.  We have been on a tossing spree lately.  I have a large bag in my closet to do just what you suggested with clothing.  I have already given one away, and we have the same thing was other parts of our home...A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 10 months ago

Amanda S. Davidson - Your infogram speaks volumes! It's easy to understand and quite motivating too! I like it!!!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 10 months ago

Hi Amanda S. Davidson, I just moved and did this very thing but can certainly do it again. It's amazing how much "stuff" we accumulate and hold on to for whatever reason. Really like the infographic. 

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) 10 months ago

Love your graphic, and this is very good advice for those who are moving. A helpful handout to those who are selling their homes and listing with you. I know there are things on my list to declutter this year.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 10 months ago

I love the post and the infographic. I will bookmark this post and share it with others 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 10 months ago

Good morning Amanda.  This is something that many people (my family included) has great difficulty with.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 10 months ago

Amanda, great post, and issues every homeowner goes through when thinking of moving, especially downsizing!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 10 months ago

This will be really helpful for those planning a move, very well written my friend and easy to understand.  I hope that your weekend is going well.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 10 months ago

I'm a big fan of tossing. Ha. Really dislike clutter. Love your infographic Amanda. Well done. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 10 months ago

Love you infographic and your title. Those are are good ways to look at all our stuff.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 10 months ago

This is great information to share with families on the move. I will schedule an April reblog.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 10 months ago

Good morning Amanda S. Davidson ,

What a great post and so timely as we start to think about spring cleaning! I'm not a fan of clutter so I try to purge my closets twice a year and it makes me feel better when I do!!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 10 months ago

Good morning Amanda. This is excellent period. Your analysis is right on point and I feel like I have purging to do today too.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 10 months ago

Those are always such tough decisions....we try thining inventory but it seems to have a mind of its own !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 10 months ago

Nicely done! I love the graphic! It should be very helpful to people, moving or not!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 10 months ago

Would you pay to move it? I had to ask myself this question when I moved last year. I personally think everyone needs to move every three or four years so they can get rid of the clutter! :)

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) 10 months ago

Amanda, I went through some closets and haven't tackled the others. I agree, if you haven't worn or used an item in a year or more... toss it!

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) 10 months ago

Those are always tough decisions...I try to "pretend move" but things "pretend do not" when we do !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 9 months ago

I have no idea how I missed this but, good grief, this is great advice, Amanda...for anyone who is either moving or needs a good 'clean out!'

Thank you for sharing this at the perfect time for me too - I'm in the midst of cleaning out a garage bay that has been stacked with 'storage' items for 3-1/2 years (since the movers put the items there) and it's finally gotten to me! I'm on a mission!

Happy Saturday, Amanda!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 9 months ago

I am in the middle of trying to do this right now.  This is certainly a helpful guide!

My biggest problem seems to be my husband.  I need to pitch 'stuff' when he is not around.  I need to give him this guide ASAP!!



Posted by Barbara Calwhite, 417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation (Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri) 9 months ago

Great we can ALL use...moving or not ...!

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 8 months ago

This is a wonderfu guide. We'll be moving at some point in the next few years, and I've started going through items and thinking, "Do I want to pay to move this?" Often the answer is no.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, 8 months ago

Good morning Amanda S. Davidson,

I'm so glad that Roy Kelley re-blogged your post! What a great one and should have been featured! Great infogrpahic to get your point across! I'm a firm believer in going through our closets each year..if it hasn't been worn in a year its gone!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 8 months ago