1. Family heirlooms. Organizing expert and owner of , Jodie Watson, suggests taking a close look at your heirlooms to determine which ones are most meaningful. "Which ones do you truly love and value? These are the ones to keep and take with you to your new home," she suggests.
2. Electronics of any sort. At least until you've completely wiped out all your personal information. "I can't tell you the number of people who go on massive de-cluttering binges and don't take the time to clear all their personal information," warns professional organizer and owner of , Geralin Thomas.
3. Photographs. "You may need to digitize these, but you don't want to lose them," says Professional Organizer, .
4. Important Papers. "It's important to let go of as much accumulated paper as possible," Watson says. "However, you will need to keep the following documents: Birth & Death Records, Marriage Licenses, Divorce Decrees, SS Cards, Pension Plan Documents, Medical Records, Insurance Policies, Passports, Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney Documents, Property Deeds, Investment Records, Education Records, Diplomas, Military Service Records and Vehicle Titles."
5. Collections. "You have obviously enjoyed collecting these items, so select your favorite few (3-5) that you love and value above all the rest," says Watson.
6. Tags from expensive handbags. "When or if you are consigning this will help prove authenticity and brings a much better price," explains Thomas.
7. Fine Jewelry AND the boxes they came in. "Having a piece of jewelry, in its original box adds value when/if reselling it, and keeps the piece of jewelry in mint condition," says Thomas.
8. Basic kitchen and bathroom supplies. But only the ones you need, think: pots and pans, a good quality chef's knife, spatula, wooden spoon, blender, sheets and towels. And for the bathroom? "You should bring two sets of sheets per bed (one on the bed, one to change) and 4 towels per person," Reich says.
9. Items that bring back precious memories. "A lock of hair from your child's first haircut, the medal you won for running a marathon, etc." says Reich. "These are items that you would not be able to replace," says Watson.
10. Emergency supplies. "A radio, phone, batteries, flashlight, and first aid kit," should all be on hand advises Reich. "And if you don't have emergency supplies, now is the time to get them!"
11. Medication and toiletries that haven't yet expired. These can be expensive. Most importantly, "medication taken daily should be kept with you during the move," says Reich.