I Just Moved—These Are the Fashion, Beauty, and Home Items I Purged


(Image credit: @allypayer)

Very obvious statement: Moving is hard, and I can honestly say that one of the most difficult things about it is the whole packing and unpacking aspect of it. And having just moved myself, I'm here to give a bit of my own perspective. Although I was fortunate to be moving into a bigger space, I still felt the need to really weed out all of my stuff, as the last thing I wanted to do was fill up our new house with a bunch of stuff I was never going to use again. And since my clothing and accessories, beauty products, and home décor items are probably of the most interest to you (just a hunch), that's what I'm focusing on.

By the time we moved out of our apartment, my husband and I had pretty much given up on keeping things neat and organized, so it was admittedly hard to even see a lot of what we had. And yes, it was slightly miserable going through every little thing, but I relished in the opportunity to finally put a few things in the donation pile. Scroll away if you're preparing for a move yourself or just find yourself in need of a little weeding out (i.e., all of us).

Fashion Items


Light-wash skinny jeans

Round-toe heels

Tunic sweaters

Ultra-short skirts and dresses

Pilled sweaters and coats

Stretched-out bras

Old graphic tees

Colorful printed leggings


"Boring" Shoes

Straight-Leg Jeans

Cropped Cardigans and Sweaters

Camel Coats

Slip Skirts

White T-Shirts

Midi Dresses

Special Blouses

Classic Accessories

Beauty Products


Expired sunscreen

Cosmetics more than two years old

Foundations that don’t match my skin

Cheap makeup brushes

Products that just didn’t work for me

Unused travel sizes and samples

Separated nail polishes


Vitamin C Products

Face Oils

Lash and Brow Serums

Simple Hair and Body Care Products

Cream Eye Shadows

Everyday Fragrances


Home Décor Items


Matchy-matchy furniture

Old, cheap picture frames

Store-bought art

Dated décor and lamps

Threadbare bedding

Discolored towels


Storage Bins

Decorative Vases and Bowls

Fine Art Prints


Fancy Candles


Dried Flowers

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Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.