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Things to Leave Behind When Moving

Usually when a family considers moving they think about all the items that they want to safely pack and bring with them to the new home. But did you know that some of those items could be left behind, donated, or sold in order to save you time and money on moving day? 

Let’s explore what those items are, from the bulky and awkward couches to the specially made curtains for that off-size window. We have some ideas on how you can leave items behind during your big move. 

What Do You Mean “Leave Behind?”

As professional movers, we have seen many families ask us to load items onto the truck that they will probably get rid of once they get to their new home. Things that don’t match their new decor or items that are past their prime are typically what we mean by items that can be left behind. 

We are, in no way, telling homeowners to leave their junk for the next owner. However, there are some items that could (and should) be sold, donated, or gifted to the new homeowners. Here are those items. 

Curtains and Shades 

Think about the windows in your home and the windows that you will have in your new home. What are the chances that the curtains will match the right size and functionality in one home to the next?

Once you realize that your curtains no longer coordinate with the color scheme of your new home or fit the existing windows, you may want to ask the buyers if they would like you to leave the curtains. This way, they will have something on the windows in the first few weeks, until they can find something that they want to replace them with. 


Refrigerators, stoves, and microwaves are bulky items that take some effort to move and take up some serious real estate in your moving van. If your new home already has appliances or you plan to purchase new ones, you may also want to consider gifting your current appliances to the new owners to save space on your moving truck. 

Old Furniture 

If you plan to purchase a new couch, chairs, or rugs for your new place, consider donating your current furniture to a nonprofit like: the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, AMVETS, and Goodwill. Not only will you get a tax deduction on the donated goods, but you will save space on your moving truck. And think of the fun you will have picking out new furnishings!

Garage Tools 

The garage tends to be the dumping grounds for old and damaged items in any home. Take a look around your garage and be realistic about what tools should be trashed and which ones you will want to bring with you. 

Cleaning out the garage of rusty, damaged tools can save some serious space and time on moving day. 

Books & Clothing 

I like to group these two types of items together because they are easy to donate to a charity or sell on Facebook Marketplace or a local consignment shop. 

Books tend to be very heavy and can take up space in moving boxes very quickly. Clothing that is out of style or no longer fits can clutter up a closet in no time. Therefore, we suggest taking some time to go through each closet and bookshelf to determine what you really want to bring with you. 


Finally, the bane of every family’s existence – the never ending pile of papers, bills, and mail! 

If you have files and piles of papers, now is the time to sort through them, get organized, and maybe consider going digital (or at least scan your bills) to be able to shred the years worth of documents you may have before you. 

Take each of these categories and consider what items you can leave behind either by donating, trashing, or gifting. You will be surprised how your moving load will decrease as you tackle each area. 

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Top 5 Things Homeowners Forget When Moving

We spend a lot of time on this blog talking about ways to get organized and plan for your move, whether it is across town or across the country. We stress how important it is to have moving lists and stay on top of what steps in the process need to be done when

Unfortunately, even the most organized homeowner can forget to complete certain tasks or even leave behind valuable items in their previous home. Over the course of many years we have seen it all from forgotten appliances to lost keys.

To help you avoid the mistakes of others, here are the top 5 things homeowners forget to do or move on the big day. 

# 1 Forgetting to Update Your New Address

One task that is often put aside (or forgotten entirely) until the week before a big move is changing the home address for important documents. 

While it may seem like a tedious task to change your address it is critical to not losing personal or sensitive information. 

Places you should be sure to contact include: 

  • Your banking institutions 
  • Schools
  • Doctors Offices 
  • Car and Life insurance Providers
  • Your Pet’s Vet
  • Utilities such as cable, phone, internet provider, water, sewer, and electric
  • Your place of employment 
  • All of your credit card companies

# 2 Forgetting An Essentials Box 

The day of any move can be stressful. Once you have arrived at your new home you will want to change your clothes, possibly take a shower and get comfortable. To do this you need to be able to easily find your bathroom items, clothing, and other important items.

Some homeowners are organized enough to know where their essentials are but others need a separate container to easily access these items when they first get into their new home. 

Items that we suggest you pack in your essentials include: 

  • Medicines
  • Toilet paper and other hygiene essentials (don’t forget your contact solution)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Personal documents
  • A change of clothes
  • Cords such as phone chargers
  • Paper plates and disposable cutlery for a quick meal

# 3 Overlooking Small Kitchen Appliances 

The coffee maker and toaster may look so natural on the counter that you may forget them. Often forgotten appliances happen because the homeowner plans to use them the morning of the move, thus the coffee maker and toaster are among the most forgotten appliances. 

Don’t forget to look out your back window and see the grill and firepit that need to make it on the moving truck as well. 

# 4 Neglecting to Cancelling Things 

This may seem like a broad category, but many homeowners forget to cancel things like their gym membership, magazine and newspaper subscriptions, or wine-of-the-month delivery. 

Be sure you think about everything you do on a regular basis and add them to your change of address or cancellation list. 

# 5 Ignoring Hidden Items 

Sometimes out-of-sight-out-of-mind happens to all of us. Many people facing a move forget about things that they don’t see all the time like their jewelry or valuables hidden in the safe in their bedroom closet, the mirror on the back of the door, or the seasonal items up in the corner of the attic. 

Save yourself some stress by making sure all hidden spaces are accounted for and checked one last time before you move. For more insights on things homeowners often forget, check out the article “The Stuff Your Always Forget.” 

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7 Ways to Cut Moving Expenses

There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle when it comes to making a move from one location to another. Hiring movers, decluttering the house, finding a new job, enrolling the children in a new school, and packing all the items you have accumulated over time in your current location. The list can be endless and the expenses can add up rather quickly. 

As professional movers for over a decade, we understand the eagerness to try to save or cut costs on moving expenses. Our list for your today comes from our experiences with many families who wanted to keep to their budget while still having professional movers take care of their valuable possessions. 

#1 Purge Your Home of Clutter 

The less your movers have to move from one location to another, the lower your overall costs will be. For this reason, as well as for your own sanity, it is a good idea to declutter your home of items that are no longer useful to you. 

From books to toys and clothes to seasonal items that are no longer used, box it all up and donate for a tax deduction or find a family that could use your items. Not only will there be less to move, but your home will be more organized and neat once you have fewer items to unpack at your new place. 

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#2 Sell Gently Used Items 

As you declutter your home, you may find clothing items, furnishings, and seasonal decor that you can consign or sell on places like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist

Not only will you be making a little cash, but again, it will mean less for your movers to pack and move. 

#3 Get Multiple Quotes for Moving 

Part of your budget crunching should include finding the best movers for your job. Don’t just go by price alone. Talk to them and find out about any hidden fees, insurance, and long distance moves.

Getting multiple quotes can help you understand what the overall cost of moving will be and allow you to meet the leadership at the company. 

#4 Get Creative with Moving Supplies 

If you are moving an entire home or apartment, you will need moving boxes of varying sizes as well as packing materials to keep your items safe for the move. 

Use social media sites to ask family and friends, who may have recently moved for their boxes.  Look online for department stores that are giving away wardrobe boxes or storage boxes that they use for their company. Many stores allow customers to take boxes such as Costco and BJ’s. Just be sure to call and ask for them to be put aside. 

In terms of tape, labelling supplies, and markers, comparison shop or shop in bulk because most people do not have extras after their move. In this case, more is better. 

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#5 Pack Yourself

At Mastodon Moving, we do offer packing and unpacking services. However, we have many clients who want to organize their items and pack themselves. Doing this can save money and help you have a better sense of what will need to be unpacked in your new home. 

#6 Look for Tax Deductions & Business Reimbursement

If your move is due to work, examine whether the move itself can be used as a tax deduction or if perhaps your company will reimburse for the move. 

According to TurboTax, “if you move to a new location because of work, you could qualify to use “the IRS Form 3903 to claim the cost of your moving expenses as a deduction on your federal income tax return. The IRS allows taxpayers to deduct eligible moving costs from the taxable income they report on Form 1040.”

#7 Research Utility Shut Down Dates 

As you get closer to your actual moving day, start calling your utility companies, including cable, water, electric, and heating to find out if it is better to shut off utilities at the end of the month or if they can prorate your cut off date.