Your “keep list” is even more important than the items you leave behind, but this list is usually easier to create (and harder to trim). Still, it can be helpful to think about the future value of your possessions when deciding what to keep when moving. Here’s a list of some common (and uncommon) items that you’ll want to have with you when moving:

1. Your First Night Bag

Take the time to pack your first night bag for the new house and you’ll be so happy you did. Not only does this allow you to quickly find a change of clothes, but it also means you don’t have to go digging through boxes to find your toothbrush, blanket, or any other first-night necessities.

2. Your Precious Memories

Heirlooms, presents, and special gifts with sentimental value are always worth consideration. If possible, try to convert analog pictures and film to digital equivalents. If you have questions about large, fragile, or expensive items, reach out to your mover to ask about specialty moving services.

3. Personal Records

Obviously, you’ll want to keep important documents with you when moving, such as your marriage license, family birth certificates and financial records. However, less important papers are an unnecessary source of extra weight – consider storing or scanning them into your computer.

4. Difficult to Replace Items

Do you have expensive artwork that would be difficult to auction and replace? One-of-a-kind or discontinued pieces of furniture? If it’s crucial for you to own and irreplaceable, consider taking it with you.

Pet Favorites

Moving can be stressful for pets, and making your new home as familiar as possible can help. Favorite toys, leashes, and beds can make a huge difference and help with the adjustment. Check out our moving guide to learn more about how to move cross-country with pets!