When it comes time for city dwellers to leave their NYC apartments for a new home, many have trouble deciding what items to pack and bring with them, which items to donate and which items to just leave behind for the landlord and new tenants to sift through. Some of it is because of emotional attachments and some of it is because we think new apartments will offer a good use for these items. Whatever situation you find yourself in as you move to a new apartment in NYC, take a look at these popular items that New York City movers say are the best things to leave behind during a move. It may help you decide on what to take and get your new home started out on the right foot.
Top Items to Leave Behind in your Old Apartment
Your Bed:Or more specifically, your mattress and box spring. Did you know that they should be replaced every 10 years or so, depending on how well they have held up? How long has your bed been in your apartment? If you're creeping up on an expiration date for your mattress it may be a good time to look for a new one to be delivered to your new address in NYC. (and it means you won't have to move a heavy box spring up and down narrow stairs.)
Any Food: We all think that condiments can last forever. And that pasta never goes bad. But they don't last forever and sometimes things can get mixed in with your pasta. Why not wait and grocery shop your first week in your new apartment? That way you know how old everything is and can feel safe with what you and your housemates are eating.
Any furnitureguests have said is uncomfortable or outdated: If the couch wasn't easy to sit on in your old apartment, it isn't going to get any more comfortable during the move. And although some things do go out of fashion and then come back in, odds are your furniture isn't in this group. Take the move as an opportunity to update your style and make your new apartment one that your friends and family will love visiting.
Old clothes- donate them. Take a look around and see if you really need all the clothes you have. If you haven't worn something in a few months, see if you can live without it. Yes, styles come back (especially in NYC), but by donating you will have less clutter around the new place, and you will be making sure that they get used.
Broken or inefficient appliances: It's great to have a blender, but if it's motor is loud but it's power is low, why not recycle it? Odds are you can live without it, and if you can't, a new one is probably worth the investment.
Old Rugs: Enough said
Old light bulbs: Go with energy efficient ones. They're not much more expensive, last longer and fit in with New York City's drive towards being green.