Getting Rid of Your Junk Before You Move

You are excited about moving into the new place, but you hate the act of moving. However, when you think about moving and you look around your house at all of the stuff that you will be taking along with you, it can feel like a massive weight is suddenly dropped onto your shoulders. You have way more “things” than you thought you did, and now you are wondering just what you should do with it all. Fortunately, you aren’t tied to your stuff, at least not most of it. This means that it will be possible to lighten your load come moving day. However, you have to get started right now, and you have to be willing to get rid of stuff.

Categorize Your Belongings

One of the first things that you will need to do is take an inventory of all of your belongings. While you might have thought you needed everything when you bought it, there is a good chance that you don’t actually need it at all. This is likely true with far more of your belongings that you might imagine. So, the first step will be to go through everything that you have.

This might seem like a monumental task, and that is because it certainly can be depending on how much you own. However, it will be worthwhile when you see just how much space you will be able to make and how much less you will have to pack up and take with you.

Ideally, you will want to separate the items into several different categories. First, there are those belongings that you will want to keep. These will be items that you use regularly or that are very important to you.

Next, there will be a category of items that you can get rid of that are no longer in working condition and that are not usable to you or to anyone else for that matter. These can be recycled or thrown away depending on the type of item it might be.

A third category would be items that are still in good condition, but that you simply do not use and have not used in some time. With these items, you have a few options. It might be possible to donate some of them to local charities, or you might have friends or family that might be able to use them.

Having a Sale

Another option, even though it would entail a bit more work on your part, would be to have a garage sale with those items. Have a sale a few weeks, or even a month or two, before you move. This can help you to earn some money, which you can then put toward the costs of moving, a night out, or anything else that you might like. The items that don’t sell can then be given away or donated. This could be a good option if you have enough time before the move.

Keep in mind that you don’t always need to have a garage sale for all of the items that you want to get out of your house. In fact, depending on the types of items that you are trying to sell, you might have better luck selling online through places like eBay or Craigslist. With some items, it will be possible to get more money out of a sale when selling online, particularly with collectibles that you no longer want or need.

Remember the Big Items

Getting rid of belongings that you don’t use any longer and that you don’t need is not relegated to small things that you have collected or hoarded over the years. Perhaps you have some larger items that you don’t truly need. Maybe you have an older car that you “will get running someday” or a motorcycle or ATV that you don’t use. Instead of hauling these across the city or to another city to a new place where you will still never use them, get rid of them.

It’s a Lot to Handle

For some people, there is certainly an emotional toll when it comes to getting rid of the things that they have had with them for years. This is true even when they have had things they have kept for years with for no explicable reason.

This happens more often than you might think. It doesn’t mean that everyone is a hoarder, but many people have sentimental attachments to things simply because they have had them so long. This can be true even of items that have no real bearing on your life. Having this type of attachment to everything can be a real problem, though. it is all of those possessions that are going to be making your move more difficult. It is time to put your foot down with yourself and get rid of those things… mostly. As they say, do not let your possessions possess you.

Putting Some Items in Storage

There might be some things that you may not have room for in the new home, but that you still want to keep. These might be some collectibles that you have had for years, it could be an old bicycle or even toys from your childhood. In those cases when you have stuff that you really do feel that you need, or that you might use in the near future, consider getting a storage unit. There are storage units of varying sizes that could work for just about anything that you will want to keep safe.

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Moving Tip

  • Get rid of the junk! Get rid of anything you don’t need or want, it will make packing that much easier and save you money.The more stuff you have will increase the time and or weight of the move and will cost you more money!
  • Do not move jewelry, money, coin collections, etc. Keep these items in your possession.
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