If you’re preparing to move to a new home, there are a lot of important steps to take. The logistics of a move alone can be stressful. You will be worried about everything working out just right so you can get all of your belongings to your destination safely and on time. Before you even start to pack your possessions in boxes and load up a moving truck, you may wonder what you can leave behind.
The longer you stay in a place, the more materials you will accumulate. As you begin the moving process, you may realize that you don’t have room in a truck for everything or that you don’t need to hang on to everything. How do you know which items to part with and which ones to keep? Plus, if you aren’t going to keep something, should you donate it, sell it, or simply discard it?
Help is available. Here are some good tips you can follow on how to get rid of household items and possessions that you can’t bring with you to your new home.
Start by Organizing Your Belongings
Early in the moving process, you should start organizing the items in your home. There may be some things you have forgotten about that you have packed away in storage rooms for years. Take inventory of everything in your house. Make a list of those things you know you will need to take, those you’re not sure about, and those you know you no longer need.
Don’t wait until the last minute to do this. You don’t want moving day to arrive before you discover boxes or household items that you’re unsure what to do with.
Consider Your New Place
Think about the home you are moving to. Is it larger or smaller than your current home? What does the storage space look like? Does it have a spacious basement? Is there a garage or shed on the property?
These are important questions to ask yourself. If there is less storage space in your new house and things have felt cluttered and cramped before, then it’s probably time to part ways with some things.
Donate Clothes You Don’t Wear
If you’re like many people, your closet probably contains clothes that you haven’t worn in a long time. These clothes may no longer fit, may be out of style, or may be worn out. So, why are you still hanging on to them? You may simply have not thought about what to do with them next. Still, if you aren’t planning on putting them on again, there’s no reason for them to take up space in the truck when the professional moving company comes over to load your things.
Instead of throwing out your clothes, think of a better solution. While you may no longer want these items, there are plenty of people in need who would love them. Consider donating these old clothes to a homeless shelter or thrift store. Other charitable organizations that work with low-income individuals, refugees, or other needy people could also benefit from your selfless donation.
Don’t Take Old Media
If you have some old electronics hanging around your house, there is little reason to bring them with you to your new home. Not only are many of these items obsolete, but they take up a lot of space. VCRs, collections of videotapes and cassettes, and older tube-based TVs are probably of little use to you any longer. Even items such as CDs, DVDs, and video game consoles are becoming a thing of the past since pretty much every form of entertainment is available online.
Save some room in the moving truck and in your new house. Donate some of these items to charity. You can also search online for collectors of vintage items who may love to take these things off your hands.
Have a Yard Sale
You may even be able to make a little bit of money selling old items before you move. Holding a yard sale in the weeks before head out to your new place can help you unload some items and get some spending cash. Advertise your yard sale on a neighborhood Facebook page or put up signs throughout the area.
Your yard sale can include books, toys, linens, kitchenware, and even appliances that you don’t plan on using any longer. Make sure you clean these offerings before you set them out for others to look at. If you’re not interested in doing a yard sale, you can list these belongings on an online classifieds site. Just be wary of scammers.
Moving is a good occasion to de-clutter and get rid of items you no longer use. Following these suggestions can create more room in your moving truck and in your new house. This can also reduce your stress as you prepare for moving day.