What Should You Do with Items You No Longer Need When Moving?

So, what exactly should you be doing with the stuff you no longer need during the moving process? Moving is all about saying goodbye to one chapter in your life and opening up an entirely new chapter, a chapter filled with opportunities, fun changes, challenges, and just looking into new ways to make yourself feel good. But then, while moving, you’re seeing one item you’re like, “I can part with this,” and then it becomes more, and then eventually turns into furniture, or maybe a whole room filled with stuff. 

Almost every household that’s moving deals with this. They deal with the idea of needing to depart with things they know for a fact never got used, like a dress that still has tags on it or maybe furniture that’s pretty old, outdated, or even broken. So, while you’re focusing on creating a smooth relocation process, here is what you should try to do with the stuff that you’re no longer needing.

Start Off with Decluttering

If you found one or more items you plan on departing with, chances there, you’re going to find way more. So, before you start packing, take the time to declutter room by room. Separate items into three categories: keep, donate/sell, and discard. This process will help you streamline your belongings and reduce the volume of items you need to move. Every room needs this because chances are, you’re going to need to consider a dumpster rental if you’re noticing that the amount is going up more and more. 

Donate and Sell 

One of the easiest but sometimes time-consuming solutions you can have around going to be donating and selling your unwanted items. Sometimes, it’s honestly as easy as dropping off your bags of stuff and furniture into Goodwills, churches, or even homeless shelters. But of course, it’s all really going to vary depending on where you’re living. But you can also look into local charities too. 


Donating is usually the best for the purpose that you’re helping others, you get a tax write-off, and it’s just the easiest to get rid of your things. Now, keep in mind, don’t give away trash or stuff with holes, rips, and tears. That’s flat-out disrespectful.  If you choose to donate, is the stuff in good enough condition to be sold? Think of this because, obviously, the last thing you want is to donate something that goes straight to the trash instead. 


So, when it comes to selling your stuff, the approach is different, of course. Donating is way faster than selling your stuff and more time-consuming. Whether it’s eBay, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, yardsales, or whatever, there’s a lot of work that goes into it. So, are you willing to take the time and effort?

Consider a Yard/ Garage Sale

So, this is piggybacking from above; selling what you can will help, but it takes a lot of effort. If you post online, you have to sell each item, and that includes photos, prices, description, and filling that out can take a few minutes. So, if you have 20 items to sell, that’s going to take hours of your time. 


But when it comes to something like a yard sale, you’ll have everything out in the open so everyone can come up to you. You just sit there, state the price, and wait for people to pay. It’s easier for the most part. Besides, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, and you’re getting a nice chunk of change at the same time. 

Dispose Responsibly

For items that are damaged or beyond use, dispose of them responsibly. Check with your local waste management guidelines for proper disposal methods. Some communities have special disposal options for electronics, hazardous materials, and bulky items.  It’s so important to have an eco-friendly approach when it comes to all of this. Yes, it is possible to not only move on a budget, but you can do it all while being ethically conscious too.

Consider Digitizing

Have old cassette tapes? Have tons of albums of photos?  What about old home movies on a classic VHS? In general, it might be best to just go ahead and consider digitizing what you already have. This way, you’re going to have your precious memories safe forever; they’re going to be backed up by the cloud. They’re going to be safe, safe from fires, mold, water, or safe from getting lost. Honestly, this is one of the best investments you can make for your memories, and you’re cutting down on clutter at the same time.


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