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  • Frozencat99
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    • October 09, 2011, 04:31:36 pm
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Re: Ok to leave stuff behind when moving?
« Reply #20 on: March 26, 2012, 12:31:49 pm »
I agree that I'd find used clothes to be a burden (low chance they'll fit, 50/50 on gender, etc.) though I don't understand why someone would be offended or disgusted by clothes left behind. I'm probably not taking everything with me when I leave, so I'd do a) any friends want this? b) any co-workers want these? c) thrift store/donation to community centre/church/orphanage since throwing out clothes is wasteful. The nearest clothing drop off for me is in the next town's community centre so it's a bit of an inconvenience, though.

I agree with w-k about the toiletries... a bit strange, I'd think, unless they were unopened. Toss the touched food and anything else that you wouldn't be able to wash. If you're in a bind and are in a rural area, I'm sure the next person isn't going to throw a tantrum about a few sweaters, shirts or jeans left behind. If they fit them, bonus.

I was so happy that bedding was left behind (comforter, fitted sheet, two pillow cases). I gave it a wash and saved on that expenditure.
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  • klin062
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    • March 10, 2011, 02:28:48 pm
    • Seongnam
Re: Ok to leave stuff behind when moving?
« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2012, 01:20:28 pm »
Yea, like everyone has said, practical things that may be of use to the next NET should be fine to leave.  But please please do not leave junk.  And please clean the place before you leave.  Not that I'm saying you wouldn't OP and this is probably a frustrated rant at the previous NET residing in my apartment but nonetheless... the next teacher does not want your trash.  The pizza boxes and general disgustingness under the bed, the dirty food stains in the fridge, the unwashed dishes in the sink.  All unwanted.


Re: Ok to leave stuff behind when moving?
« Reply #22 on: March 26, 2012, 01:54:44 pm »
Yea, like everyone has said, practical things that may be of use to the next NET should be fine to leave.  But please please do not leave junk.  And please clean the place before you leave.  Not that I'm saying you wouldn't OP and this is probably a frustrated rant at the previous NET residing in my apartment but nonetheless... the next teacher does not want your trash.  The pizza boxes and general disgustingness under the bed, the dirty food stains in the fridge, the unwashed dishes in the sink.  All unwanted.

I'm really curious about this sort of situation. What did the person taking you to the apt have to say? I would like to think I would refuse to put up with such a situation and ask the person in charge to get it sorted.


  • Jrong
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Re: Ok to leave stuff behind when moving?
« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2012, 02:08:29 pm »
^Probably the same thing the person taking me to my new apartment had to say. Nothing. Here's how you get in. Have fun cleaning up this sh@#. 

I would do a full cleaning whether or not they cleaned but it still was nasty to deal with other people's trash. We wouldn't have stayed if school started the next day but since we got the place a week ahead of time, we figured it was better to stick with it an clean it, then bitch and have them wait until the day before to move us into who knows where.
"When in doubt...ask Troglodyte" ~0mnslnd


Re: Ok to leave stuff behind when moving?
« Reply #24 on: March 26, 2012, 02:31:16 pm »
^Probably the same thing the person taking me to my new apartment had to say. Nothing. Here's how you get in. Have fun cleaning up this sh@#. 

I would do a full cleaning whether or not they cleaned but it still was nasty to deal with other people's trash. We wouldn't have stayed if school started the next day but since we got the place a week ahead of time, we figured it was better to stick with it an clean it, then bitch and have them wait until the day before to move us into who knows where.

I would like to think (I don't know how I would react, never having been in the situation) that the whole situation would be unacceptable and that my new employer and I could come to some sort of agreement on the situation. It would definitely put me on a hair trigger to midnight run the joint at the slightest provocation.


  • flasyb
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1901

    • November 30, 2010, 12:10:03 pm
    • South Korea
Re: Ok to leave stuff behind when moving?
« Reply #25 on: March 26, 2012, 02:50:43 pm »
Just get anything you want don't want to take with you, cram it all into a thin plastic bag and when the new person tries to pick it up, it will burst open and display the goods you left by conveniently scattering them across the floor. That way, they can get a good look at everything without having to mess around with stupid things like boxes.


Seriously though, kitchen utensils are good to leave behind, old clothes, not so much. See if some of your friends in Korea would appreciate taking on your old work clothes (I presume that's what you mean). If none of your friends want any of them then it's a fair bet that a total stranger wouldn't be best pleased with them either. At the end of the day, you're leaving these things behind because they're not of significant enough value for you to take with you. You hope another person can get as much use out of them as you have. It's convenient for you to leave them behind and you want them left behind for a good purpose. The reality is, if it's Koreans moving in after you, they likely have all the things they need. If it's a foreigner, you need to decide what can be used by almost any foreigner moving in. What's left, give away if you can and throw away what you must.
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Re: Ok to leave stuff behind when moving?
« Reply #26 on: March 26, 2012, 08:16:50 pm »
Yeah, the last foreign teacher left me a bonanza of things that are saving me a lot of money: a heater, fan, toaster oven, yoga mat,  blankets, pillows, laundry rack, lamps, umbrellas, dishes, bowls and tons of other things. It all helps out and saves money. And when I leave, I will leave some of my stuff to the next foreigner. But, yeah, I wouldn't leave clothes...just throw them in one of the recycling bins close to your apartment.


  • Jrong
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Re: Ok to leave stuff behind when moving?
« Reply #27 on: March 27, 2012, 08:45:48 am »
Wouldn't it just be easier to contact the next "foreigner" and ask them what -- of all the stuff you can leave -- they actually want?
"When in doubt...ask Troglodyte" ~0mnslnd


  • klin062
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    • March 10, 2011, 02:28:48 pm
    • Seongnam
Re: Ok to leave stuff behind when moving?
« Reply #28 on: March 27, 2012, 09:06:18 am »
Yea all they had to say was something along the lines of "I think the previous teacher left a few dishes and things..." and then left me to it.
Other than the dishes most of the mess wasn't too obvious until I started unpacking.  E.g. Opened the fridge and oh hello food stains.  There wasn't old food in it but obviously everything had just been taken out and no cleaning had been done.  Then I dropped something on the floor and leaned down to pick it up and spotted all the trash under the bed.  Seriously.  Who lives like that?  It's not that hard to put your crap in a trash bag when you're done with it!
I just cleaned it up, I didn't want to live in the mess while waiting for someone else to deal with it.  I did vaguely mention it to my school but I guess I'm really more digusted at the teacher who lived there before me thinking they could just leave it like that.


Re: Ok to leave stuff behind when moving?
« Reply #29 on: March 27, 2012, 09:51:05 am »
My previous teacher left windowsill ashtrays and a bunch of papers. Nothing of much use besides a couple spices and a pack of ramyeon.

Please make sure your place is clean before you go. Nobody else will clean it.


  • Jeff619
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    • May 26, 2011, 08:12:52 am
Re: Ok to leave stuff behind when moving?
« Reply #30 on: March 27, 2012, 10:21:52 am »
Yea all they had to say was something along the lines of "I think the previous teacher left a few dishes and things..." and then left me to it.
Other than the dishes most of the mess wasn't too obvious until I started unpacking.  E.g. Opened the fridge and oh hello food stains.  There wasn't old food in it but obviously everything had just been taken out and no cleaning had been done.  Then I dropped something on the floor and leaned down to pick it up and spotted all the trash under the bed.  Seriously.  Who lives like that?  It's not that hard to put your crap in a trash bag when you're done with it!
I just cleaned it up, I didn't want to live in the mess while waiting for someone else to deal with it.  I did vaguely mention it to my school but I guess I'm really more digusted at the teacher who lived there before me thinking they could just leave it like that.
A few years ago I had a co-worker arrive in Korea and move into her apartment on the first day.  The previous teacher left loads of garbage in the apartment and she had to clean it up.  She of course didn't know about the special garbage bags so she started throwing everything into the dumpster.  I happened to walk by as the security guard was berating her in Korean and she was totally clueless as to what was happening.  It didn't help that the security guard was one of those extremely grumpy guys that was always looking for a reason to bitch at someone.  I intervened and explained the bags but the guard started screaming at me as well.  Luckily I knew a Korean girl who lived in the building so she came down to translate and explain to the guy that she just moved in and didn't know about the bags, etc.  He started going off on her as well.  I finally told him to f off and that we'd take care of it.  For the entire year she was here, the guard yelled at her every time they met.  She even baked him some cookies but he just mumbled something and threw them in the garbage.  This thread just kinda made me realize that if the previous tenant (another co-worker) had just cleaned up his stuff then the new lady would have probably had a much better time here in Korea.  Instead, she dreaded coming home knowing she'd have to see the security guy.


  • Tiamat
  • Adventurer

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    • March 15, 2012, 08:29:50 am
    • chungnam, Korea
Re: Ok to leave stuff behind when moving?
« Reply #31 on: March 27, 2012, 02:59:39 pm »
The teacher before me left the apartment squeaky clean but kitted out. She left me a vacuum cleaner, kitchen stuff, a fan etc (you get the point). She even stocked my fridge for me with unopened food (cheese, olives, salsa, canned soda etc.) I really appreciated that. I don't understand why some people wouldn't want that? It saved me a ton of money. Cleaning the apartment is key though. I think I was so happy because I couldn't find one single hair in the whole place. Awesome  :)


  • Jrong
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Re: Ok to leave stuff behind when moving?
« Reply #32 on: March 27, 2012, 03:18:25 pm »
The teacher before me left the apartment squeaky clean but kitted out. She left me a vacuum cleaner, kitchen stuff, a fan etc (you get the point). She even stocked my fridge for me with unopened food (cheese, olives, salsa, canned soda etc.) I really appreciated that. I don't understand why some people wouldn't want that? It saved me a ton of money. Cleaning the apartment is key though. I think I was so happy because I couldn't find one single hair in the whole place. Awesome  :)
We should all do this^. Especially to people who arrive for the first time here.
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  • SpaceRook
  • Expert Waygook

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    • November 18, 2010, 11:54:36 am
    • South Korea
Re: Ok to leave stuff behind when moving?
« Reply #33 on: March 27, 2012, 07:03:50 pm »
Moving and wanna leave some stuff in my apartment for the new tenant.  Mainly just some clothes that I don't want anymore (but perhaps the new tenant may like) and some condiments I don't really use.  Is it bad form to leave behind such things?

I highly doubt someone is going to want to wear your clothes and use your half-empty bottle of ketchup.  I say chuck 'em.  The clothes can easily be recycled (almost all trash centers have some type of clothes drop off). 


  • anichion
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    • March 12, 2010, 10:29:38 am
    • Naju
Re: Ok to leave stuff behind when moving?
« Reply #34 on: March 27, 2012, 10:01:50 pm »
If you're going to leave stuff behind, make sure it is useful stuff and in small amounts. THIS does not mean leaving behind 10 pizza boxes, a guitar missing a string, and 10 CDs of bad porn. FORMER NET FROM CANADA WHO USED TO WORK IN GWANGYEONG FROM 2007 TO 2008, THIS MEANS YOU!

AND TAKE YOUR DAMN INSECT COLLECTION WITH YOU!