Moving from one place to another can be a headache if it is not done without considering things like what to move first, how to pack precious items, and, most importantly, which objects to leave behind. You will find many things that you don’t need or can easily be replaced after moving to your new place.

It is essential to plan and decide what will happen to the things left behind. A feasible option is selling stuff online or donating at your local facility. The bottom line is that your things don’t need to waste, and someone who needs them can benefit from them at a lower price.

Before Packing

It is significant to prepare a thorough list of all the items, whether they should be moved or left behind. Moving items should be categorized into different groups, like fragile items, antiques, etc. Arrange a good amount of bubble wraps, sheets, tapes, packing paper, or used newspaper and boxes of different sizes according to your things. Important items like legal documents and records should be separated beforehand for safekeeping. Most importantly, your packing process should be started well ahead of time, at least a month earlier.

How To Pack Valuable Items

While bulky items are difficult to move, fragile items do not make things any easier. Precious items should be dealt with care, or they’ll pose a problem later. Fragile items can include plates, glassware, vases, antiques, etc. These items are very important, so do take your time to pack them according to their sizes and fragility carefully.

Do not forget to label the boxes in which precious items are placed and use stickers with the word “fragile.” The following is a list of some fragile items and tips on packing them.


It can include your plates, other glass utensils, graduation shields, steins, etc. Following simple steps will ensure that your precious items remain safe while moving and shifting. All the plates should be wrapped separately with bubble wrap or packing paper and put one by one in the boxes. The same goes for graduation shields.

Cups, glass, and steins should be filled with paper and taped. Carefully wrap the thin edges of mugs and glass as they are prone to break. This box should be filled with crumpled paper or used newspaper, acting as a safety cushion for the items.

Stationary and supplies

They will be packed according to their sizes. Pack them in bubble wrap and tape the outer sides. Even if a box is not available, several layers of paper and bubble wrap work fine.


As vases are hollow and fragile, their insides should be filled. This can be achieved with crumpled paper or small clothing items like socks, gloves, towels, etc. After that, do the standard procedure of wrapping them in layers of paper and seal with tape.

Antiquity and Heirlooms

Some people keep these items with themselves while moving for safekeeping. But some heirlooms and antique objects are pretty large and cannot be moved without trucks. In this case, they should be packed in the same standard way, such as with bubble wraps, tapes, and packing paper. Their box should be labeled as fragile items as well.

Get Rid of Extra Items

When the process of packing things comes, you are going to find many things that are either entirely useless or cannot be moved to another place, for example, if it’s too bulky. You would want to reduce the burden of packing and reduce the total cost of moving, which can be a lot. If a piece of furniture or any other item holds emotional value to you and you do not want to sell it, then giving it to a relative or family member will be a good decision.

Online shopping is quite huge, and people are especially interested in second-hand items. Selling your items such as utensils, clothes, shoes, children’s toys, gardening items, tools, etc., will make moving easier. Plus, you will make some extra cash to cover the high cost of moving.

There are multiple websites where things can be sold, especially Facebook, eBay, Shopify, etc. Facebook marketplace is the easiest of them all. Additionally, a yard sale is another feasible option to get rid of all the extra stuff.

What To Keep When Moving

When moving, deciding what to keep can be complicated because we usually grow fond of certain items, and leaving them behind is not easy. But packing only the most essential things will only make the moving process easier for you.

Following is the list of essential things that should be packed to make things easier.

Health and Hygiene Essentials

Medicine, ointments, toothbrushes, and skincare products should never be left behind for later deliveries. These are the things that can be needed on the go while you are traveling to your new place. You never know when they are required.

Irreplaceable Items

These items include journals, art, a book, or even a precious decoration piece that cannot be replaced. You will want to keep it close while moving.

Official Documents

It is safe to keep legal and official documents with you because you can’t take risks with losing stuff like this. Mailing them from one place to another is also an option, but it can be pretty expensive.

Pictures and Memories

It is worth an effort to keep these items close as they hold special value for you. Mainly they include pictures, unique gifts, and cards. Some moving services have a safe posting option for these things as well.

Essential Clothing

All clothes cannot be donated or packed for moving later. It is best to keep some clothing with you for immediate use while moving. These can include blankets, undergarments, children’s clothes, sleepwear, etc.

Putting It All Together

Moving can be stressful, but things can be made easier by packing only those you need. We hope you enjoyed reading this article and found all the tips useful.

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