It's easy to accumulate much more than you think you have when you live in the same place for a long time. Then, when it's time to move, the reality of it starts to sink in. You probably have a lot of stuff, from old electronics to kitsch from family and friends that you don't feel any attachment to or need anymore. The idea of boxing up all those items, only to need to find space to store them at your new place, is as frustrating as it is overwhelming. Instead of keeping them, it's probably time to get rid of them.
Moving is an ideal time to pare down your possessions. Not only will you get rid of unnecessary clutter, you will also have less to pack and haul to your new place. Here are five tips to make getting rid of your old stuff simpler during a move.
Hold a Yard or Garage Sale
If you have older clothing, kitchen supplies or items your children no longer use, a sale could be a great way to convert some of your junk into cash. You won't get a premium price for anything at these sales, but you can get rid of a lot of items in a few hours, while also making a little money as well. You can take your time and carefully price individual items, or list each category at a specific price.
Sell Valuable Items Online
Electronics and name-brand clothing could fetch a better price online that it will at a garage sale. There are many solid options for selling your older possessions for a fair price online. eBay can help you reach a broader audience and get a competitive price for movies, clothing and games. If you can't be bothered with shipping, Craigslist could also help you connect with local buyers who want what you have, just be prepared for haggling.
Donate Clothing, Household Goods and Used Toys
Maybe you don't have the time to sell your items online, or maybe you just don't want the hassle. The good news is that many charities accept gently used items for low cost resale or donation to people in need. Depending on your personal preferences, you can donate items to resale shops, churches, domestic abuse shelters, homeless shelters or other non-profit organizations.
Locate Recycling Options for Non-Working Electronics
Over the course of a few years, it is easy to accumulate several non-working headphones, cords and chargers, old televisions or computers and even broken tablets and cellphones. There are companies out there that may pay for items with working processors and bad screens. Other places will simply offer ethical and environmentally responsible means of recycling the items.
Call Happy Hauler for a Simple Solution
Instead of needing to spend your valuable time working through a pile of old junk, call Happy Hauler. Not only will they save you time, but you get the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your possessions will be properly disposed of. Whether you're getting rid of old computers or stacks of clothing, Happy Hauler can ensure that reusable items get donated, non-working items get recycled and as little as possible ends up in a landfill. Instead of sorting and selling items, you can leave all of that to outside professionals and focus on getting ready for your big move.