5 easy ways to get rid of stuff you don’t want to move

At-Home Packing Tips - August 15, 2019

When you decide to move you will realize that it can be pretty stressful. So many things to think about and so many things to do so you need to mentally prepare for your upcoming move. One of the first things you may find hard is the packing process. The sheer amount of stuff you have accumulated throughout the years can be astronomical. And as we all know, moving long-distance depends on the weight of the load you want to move. In order to avoid paying more, you need to get rid of stuff you don’t want to move. So, to combat this issue, we have created an article about just that. So, without any further ado, 5 easy ways to get rid of stuff you don’t want to move.

Get rid of stuff you don’t want to move

There are many ways of getting rid of stuff you do not want to move. In this article, we will cover the five best ways to do so. To have a cheaper move, you have to shed as much weight as possible. So, look into these ways, and see which one fits you the best. There may be the need for you to use more than one way to get rid of stuff you don’t want to move, so read through the whole article in order to know what are the best ways of doing so.

1. Having a garage sale

This is the absolute best way of getting rid of stuff you do not need. This is because you will get rid of stuff you don’t want to move, and get some money in return. It is a win-win situation! However, having a successful garage sale is far from easy. You need to have proper organization in order for everything to do smoothly. Proper organization is vital to everything and that applies to organizing a garage sale as well!

Having a garage sale is a great way to get rid of the things you don't want to move.
Having a garage sale is a great way to get rid of the things you don’t want to move.

Organizing your garage sale

To have a properly organized garage sale, you need to go through your house and divide your items. Divide them into the ones you want to move, and the ones you want to sell. When you do so, continue to divide the “selling pile” even further. To do so, you have to divide them by type. If you have a lot of small toys, for example, you should put them inside see-through stackable bins with lids. This way your customers will be able to see the contents of the whole box without having to dig through it. You should also place the less expensive items in the front, and more expensive and valuable in the back. If you do this, your customers will have to go through your whole garage sale if they want to get to the valuable items, and this will, in turn, create more opportunity for you to sell something.

In addition, do not be afraid to barter! You may value some things more because of the sentimental value it holds for you. However, the customer will probably not share that sentimental value for an item and will want to lower the price. It is better to sell something you do not want to move at a lower price, then decline the offer and be required to deal with it some other way.

Advertising your garage sale

This is another trick you have to master in order to have a successful garage sale, and that is advertising. There is no purpose in having the best garage sale ever with the best items and prices, and have nobody visit it. That is why you need to spread the word! A great idea to do so is by printing flyers and posters. “Hire” your kids to spread the flyers around the neighborhood and put posters on the notice boards. Another great idea to spread the word is to create an event on social media such as Facebook. Ask your friends to share it as much as possible. You will be amazed by the number of people coming in to visit your garage sale!

2. Selling the items online

If you do not manage to sell everything you want during your garage sale, you can always sell it online. Websites such as eBay offer such services and it would be wise for you to use them. This gives you a much larger audience and a much higher chance to sell the items. You may even use the reusable plastic moving boxes you got for your move to ship the items!

3. Donating the items

This is another great way to get rid of items you don’t want to move. When you donate the items, you will be doing a good deed and also shed weight for your upcoming move! Go to a charity organization and see if they will take some of your items. They know who needs these items the most and will make sure to deliver it to them. In addition, you can also give the things to your friends or family. Call your friends and “bribe” them to help you with the move by handing out free stuff.

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Donate the items!

4. Rent a storage unit

If you have a lot of items that are of a similar shape and size, you can rent a storage unit and put everything on shelves. This is one of the best ways to store your book collection, however, you can use your storage unit for just about anything. One of the best ideas if you want to get rid of something bulky like your couch or your cupboard. Another thing people usually use a storage unit for is storing power tools.

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Renting a storage unit is a great idea!

5. Throw it away

You should do this only if you exhausted all the previous options. Throwing stuff outside can be detrimental to the environment so make sure to find recyclers.

With all that said, good luck with your move!

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