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How to Pack: What to take and leave from the attic

Many items, such as books, will need to be looked through when packing to decide what to keep.

Many items, such as books, will need to be looked through when packing to decide what to keep.

Nearly every family who lives in a home has an attic or other storage area with many rarely-used items. However, whether they want to admit it or not, every single item doesn't need to be kept. Even if you are moving to a larger home, you may have possessions that you just shouldn't bring to the new home.

First, there are likely items in the attic that are important to you and your family. A storage space just gives you an opportunity to put it out of sight for a period of time. Family photos, heirlooms, wedding dresses and military uniforms could all be important sentimental items that need to be brought to the new home.

Sometimes, when people don't have room for a large bookshelf, they put these items in the attic for safe-keeping. If you are moving into a larger home, and you still need most of the books, then bringing them could be a good idea. However, keep in mind that if you don't have the room, you may not need these items. Take a thorough look through your books and see which ones you must keep and ones that you can give away, sell or donate. You may be surprised with what you can get rid of.

If you keep clothes in the attic, you may not need them. Items that children may have grown out of, or others that you consider to be out of style or worn likely shouldn't be packed and given to the moving company for transport. Donating the items that are in the best shape may be a better option.

The attic is a popular place for holiday ornaments and other seasonal decorative items. While most people check these items before every holiday season, it is good to not just assume all of them are fine and ready for the move. Examine light strands and make sure they are all working. Any ones that no longer work correctly, or are frayed, should be disposed of because they are not safe. In addition, aging and damaged outdoor ornaments don't need to make the trip, either.

Take your time when packing items in your attic. There's likely a lot of stuff up there, so checking to see what you can get rid of will help the whole process move more smoothly. Fewer items to pack will be better when you have to bring everything into your new home.