Moving Tips – What to Keep and What to Toss

Moving is an excellent time to clean house (pun intended). As you start the packing process you’ll find yourself unearthing all kinds of things you forgot you had. Even if you’re not downsizing, there are likely to be some items that you should get rid of before moving. Saying goodbye to your possessions doesn’t mean you have to throw everything¬† in the trash. The garbage can should be your last resort. Below you’ll find our best tip on how to determine what you should keep, and how to do away with your unwanted items.

Should I Keep It?

Ask yourself this: Have I (or someone in the household) used it in the past year? We usually see this rule only applied to clothing, but it’s a good rule of thumb for your entire household. Anything that you’ve used in the past year can stay. Everything else? Seriously consider if it’s worth packing. Really think things over, do you really need five sets of linens for the guest bed when one or two sets will do just fine? Ignore the “What If” or “Just in Case” thoughts floating through your head. If you suddenly truly need a specific item, you can likely borrow it or purchase a new and improved version.

The Exception

It’s okay to keep some sentimental items. Everyone has some loved possessions that don’t get a lot of use, but are saved because they mean a lot.

If you are keeping sentimental items, try finding a use for them. For example, if you’ve inherited your Grandmother’s dishes, instead of only using them on special occasions, make them your regular dishes and get rid of your everyday set. You’ll be reminded of your grandmother every time you use them, and we’re sure she’d be happy to know they are being used.

Another idea is to condense your collections. Have a lot of art work and report cards from when your kids were young? Instead of keeping it all in boxes and totes, select one or two items from each year and create a scrapbook or collage with them.

And one final tip – Those Beanie Babies you’ve been keeping around? Time to say goodbye, they are never going to be worth anything.

How to Part With Things

Offer items up to friend and family. Young adults moving into their first apartments, and new parents will often gratefully accept just about anything in good condition. Have you had people over to your house who have commented that they love a certain lamp or your curtains? Have if they’d be interested in having it.

Next, host a garage sale. It’s always surprising to see what different people are interested in, and it’s a great way to earn some extra money to help with the new move.

Put up anything that you don’t sell at the garage sale on Craigslist, either for a nominal amount or for free, if you just want to get it out of sight.

For anything that you can’t sell, if it’s in good or at least decent condition, donate it to a good cause. Many charities will even come pick up the goods, saving you an extra trip.

For the remaining items, if they are broken or beyond repair, look to see if they can be recycled, or if they need to be disposed of properly, like electronics.

Finally, after you’ve gone through all the above steps, if you are still left with a few items, you can put them in the garbage.

We hope this post will help make things easier for you on your next move, and help you enter your new home with a clean slate.

Romantic San Antonio

San Antonio Skyline

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The beautiful city of San Antonio is the perfect place to spend a romantic Valentine’s Day. Because V-Day falls on a Saturday this year, you can take advantage of the weekend time off, and spend the whole day together. Here’s what our perfect Valentine’s Day in San Antonio looks like:

Early Morning

After enjoying a delicious, homemade breakfast in bed (look here for some ideas) get ready to head out and explore romantic San Antonio

Late Morning

San Antonio Missions National Park

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Stroll hand-in-hand through the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. This incredible park is home to four stunning, and historic mission churches. Take your time exploring all of them, and don’t miss walking over to the scenic Old Mill and aqueduct, which are surrounded by the beauty of nature.

Lunch

Pearl Brewery Farmer's Market

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Around noon, it’s time to head to the Farmer’s Market at the Pearl Brewery. Wander the stalls which are full of fresh, local produce, gourmet treats and artisan foods. Pick the foods that call out to you most to take on a romantic picnic lunch. We bet Ms. Chocolatier has made some special Valentine’s Day goodies. When your lunch has been procured, head over to the nearby San Antonio River amphitheater and dig in.

Afternoon

San Antonio Romantic River Cruise

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After wrapping up you lunch, you’re right next to one of the hottest attractions in San Antonio, the Rio San Antonio River Cruise. Snuggle up close and enjoy a 40-minute guided tour of the River Walk, from the river’s point of view.

Dinner

It’s time to get dressed up and enjoy a romantic, candle-lit Valentine’s Dinner at one of San Antonio’s best restaurants. The city has a ton to choose from, but here are two of our favorite romantic dinner spots:

Whiskey Cake San Antonio

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This local favorite only serves up fresh, farm-to-table cuisine. The food is always in season, so the menu changes frequently. You really can’t go wrong with any of their menu options, but if you;re comfortable getting a little messy in front of your Valentine, we highly suggest starting with the duck wings.

Luce Ristorante E Enoteca

Luce Ristorante E Enoteca

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Italian is the quintessential cuisine of love, or amore. Dig into delicious antipasto like Neapolitan meatballs and arancini, before diving into a delicious bowl of homemade gnocchi. Tonight is not the night to worry about your carb consumption.

After dinner, if you are too stuffed to carry on, head back to your room for a romantic evening in. Still feel like being out and about? Head back to the River Walk area, pick the nightclub that most speaks to you, and dance the night away.

How would you spend a romantic Valentine’s Day in San Antonio? Let us know in the comments!

 

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