Things to get rid of before you move
Quite possibly one of the most difficult tasks in moving is deciding what to take with you and what to part with. Putting the beloved sweater you haven’t worn in five years in the “give-away” pile can be a little heart-wrenching. But, when it’s all said and done, most people find that parting with some stored “treasures” can make moving a much more enjoyable experience, not to mention that it can be a big money saver!
Here are some tips to help you weed out the things you don’t need to move:
The Two-Year Rule
If you haven’t used it—or even seen it—in two years or more, it’s time to let it go. This especially applies to things hanging in closets or inside dresser drawers. There will always be things you just can’t part with, even if you haven’t used it recently. Who doesn’t have sentimental things stored in plastic totes in the garage? But, that’s not the stuff we’re talking about. If it’s clutter, no longer fits, or is way out of style, send it on over to the sell, toss or donate pile.
Sing it with me….
Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door!
Determine Whether It’s Worth Moving
Of course, determining value is a little subjective. The t-shirt my husband wore in high school (and still occasionally wears 20 years later) means a lot more to him than me. Likewise, the jeans I wore at 18, still hanging in my closet with a prayer that they’ll fit again someday, mean more to me than him. Reality is, it’s time to move them both out. As you begin the packing process, question what’s truly priceless to you (sentimentally and monetarily). This is especially helpful when you’re talking about larger items like furniture and appliances. Would you be better off replacing it at your destination or moving it?
Don’t Move What You Won’t Use
Bottom line: If you won’t have a place for it at your new location or you just won’t use it, rather than selling it when you get there, save money by getting rid of it before you move. For example, if you have lawn furniture and lawn equipment at your current residence, but are moving into a condominium with a landscaping crew, sell it all pre-move.
Turn Your Trash into Cash
Now that you’ve decided what can stay and what can go, get rid of it the right way. If it’s something no one else can use, trash or recycle it. But, if it’s good quality, sell or donate it. Garage sales can be a huge success, and are a great way to make a little extra money to pay for incidentals as you travel to your new home. If you don’t have the time (or patience) for a garage sale, consider donating your unwanted items to a local charity. Some will come to your home to pick up the items—just be sure to request a tax receipt! Some well-known charities you may find in your area are: Goodwill, Salvation Army and Vietnam Veterans of America.