The advantage of moving is that it compels you to clean the house, discarding items that no longer serve you. Moreover, it is a lot easier and cheaper if there is less amount of stuff to pack and less to load onto the moving truck. So, if you are finding it difficult to decide on what to throw away, here are a few suggestions that will help you get rid of the things you do not need anymore.
Decide on the things you want to keep and the ones you want to let go
Before moving, make sure you sort out your things so that you don't end up loading stuff you don't need. Take out time, check every single room, write down the things that are important and the ones you don't really need. You can start by opening mysterious boxes that are piled high up on the closet.
To decide if something should be tossed out or kept, ask yourself how frequently you have worn or used the item in the past year? As for clothes, you should think twice before you decide to keep. If you wish to keep an item "just in case", then it’s best to discard it; you will never use it.
Sell your stuff through online auction sites
Selling stuff online is the easiest way to save and make some extra money while getting rid of things you don’t need. There are hundreds of reliable websites where you can post your goods and seek buyers. All you have to do is create an account, punch down the expected price and upload some good pictures.
Almost everything from appliances to clothes to kid’s toys can be sold with only a click of a button - it's that simple!
If you've tried every way to sell your stuff but had no luck with the buyers, then you can think of donating it to a non-profit. There are so many underprivileged people who need things like books, clothes and computers. Giving away things for a noble cause is always a good idea.
Organize a garage sale
Garage sales can be a great way to force yourself to go through your things and discard some stuff - to make your move light - and make some cash that can be used to rent a moving truck.
People are always looking for odd items to add to their collection. Some items that are popular in garage sales include:
- Baby clothing and items
- Records, CDs, and tapes
- Kitchen appliances
- Household items
- Craft supplies
- Magazines/ Books
- Sporting equipment
Recycle what can’t be donated or sold
Moving does not just involve a lot of packing, but it also adds a lot of waste. When making your move, you have to make sure you take the time and effort to dispose of items properly, and try to choose packaging items that can be easily recycled. Most neighborhoods and cities have recycling systems, whether it's recycling depots or curbside pick-up.
By adhering to these tips, you can rest assured that your move will be light and easy on the pocket, especially with all the extra money you will make through garage sales and online auction sites.