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How to Get Rid of Stuff Before Moving

by | Apr 12, 2024 | Moving

Most of us never realize just how many items we accumulate until it’s time to move. And although each piece has sentimental value – even if they’re not in the best shape or even useful – it can be a challenge to figure out what’s staying and what’s going to a new home.

Moving away forces you to look past sentimentality and brings to light that not everything you own might be worth saving. If you’re moving to a smaller home or apartment, this becomes even more apparent. Also, the weight of your shipment will affect its cost, so choosing wisely what you wish to take and what should stay behind is your best bet to keep within a budget.

What Stays and What Goes
Valuable or necessary items will naturally make the cut for your new home. Carefully consider what falls into this category because you don’t want to forget anything that turns out to be invaluable later. However, those items that are no longer needed or are outdated should stay behind.

To properly discern what should stay and what should go, get on to decluttering before the move. It’ll make it clear how much you own. And before you declutter, determine what counts as clutter. Sort your possessions into essentials, non-essential but worth saving, obsolete, and trash.

Sell, Gift, or Recycle
Once you’ve sorted your items, decide what to do with the ones you’re leaving behind. Selling online or through a yard sale will rid you of the items and give you a little money back. Just remember to value them fairly.

You can also re-home some of your more sentimental belongings by gifting them to friends or family or donating to charity. Gifting is particularly thoughtful for possessions that have emotional value, but you no longer want.

Finally, there’s trash and items that aren’t in good condition anymore. Rather than just throwing them away, consider recycling them.

Key Takeaways:

  • Find stuff that you haven’t used in a while and throw it away.
  • Having fewer items to move will make it much easier and faster when you move.
  • Decluttering your home before the move will help you save money in the long run.

“If you’ve lived under one roof for more than five years, then the chances are that you will be surrounded by a great number of material things that are supposed to make your life easier and more fun.”

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