If youre like me, the idea of packing up a house feels overwhelming (especially one youve lived in for a long time). It undoubtedly means sifting through some drawers, cabinets and closets that you havent dealt with in a while.
Not so appealing.
Of course, you could just choose a moving service with packing and loading help and let an experienced crew come in and do everything for youget it all packed up and worry about what you need and dont need once you get moved into your new home. Thats definitely the easy way, but probably not a great approach if youre also trying to save a little money.
When you consider that your U-Pack price is based on the amount of space your shipment occupies in the moving trailer (or the number of ReloCubes you use), it makes sense to only move what you intend to use at your new home. And that leads us to the subject of this post: Moving is a great time to donate items you no longer use.
To get you started, weve created a list of items you may consider donating, and some of the best places to donate:
Clothing that no longer fits or hasnt been worn in over a year. Donation centers like the Salvation Army, Goodwill, community womens shelters and community homeless shelters often need clothing.
Household items like kitchen utensils, dishes, sheets, blankets, towels, etc. Organizations like womens shelters and homeless shelters often have a need for these types of items.
Toys. Crisis shelters for women and children, and homeless shelters will normally accept both new and used toys.
Non-perishables from the kitchen pantry. You can donate these to your local food closet or homeless shelter. After holiday seasons, many food closets end up bare, so can/boxed items are greatly appreciated.
Electronics. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency encourages you to add old computers and other electronics to your donation list. You can find a local program in your area like EcoSquid, Earth 911, Greener Gadgets, TechSoup and Call 2 Recycle.
Large furniture items like sofas, beds, tables, etc. Letting go of these large items will definitely reduce the size of your load! Typically the Salvation Army and Goodwill will accept these large itemsand in most cases will come to your location to pick them up.
If youre having difficulty finding organizations in your area to accept your donations, check with your local United Way or websites like donationtown.com. There are also nonprofit internet-based groups like Freecycle and FreeShare that will accept most household goods. And one last tip, dont forget to ask for a receipt for tax purposesmost donations can be used as a deduction.