What to Sell, Donate & Throw Away Before You Move


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Written By Alyssa Howard, Moveboxer.com

Before you move, you’re going to find yourself in a sea of stuff, some of which you may not even remember buying, much less using. This is when you know you need to do a little de-cluttering before boxing everything up and moving on to a new home. Luckily for you, we’ve brought you some helpful tips so you know what you should sell, donate and throw away before you move.

What to Sell
As you begin the moving process, you’ll want to look at selling a few choice items. The main things you should think about trying to make some money on are those that face the least depreciation of value over time and are generally classified as luxury items. For example, if you have a television, phone or some furniture you’d like to unload, selling may be the best way to go. You can use sites like Craigslist, eBay and Lockboxer (although of course you need to beware in dealing through the Internet).

What to Donate
The majority of the things you want to part with before a move will likely be good to donate. Donate the things you know someone else could use. These are things like old toys, books, games and puzzles.

When you go to donate something, the most important thing is to make sure you give to the charity that could make the best use of the item. For example, if you would like to give away a toy or game, a children’s hospital may be the place that could appreciate such an item the most. It’s vital that you give to a charity that could really use what you’re giving. Giving back to the community in the most effective way possible is the perfect way to start off a move!

What to Throw Away
Lastly, there will be some things you’re not going to take with you that should just be thrown away. The bottom line here is that you don’t want to donate or try to sell something that no one else could use. This means what you’ll want to pitch are mostly the items that are in some way damaged or too old to really be useful to anyone. This includes clothes with holes in them, games with too many missing pieces to play and toys that are broken. Keep in mind that it creates more work for a charity when you donate goods that they must then throw away.

Alyssa Howard is a writer for Moveboxer.com. Moveboxer makes moving easier. Moveboxer matches people up with reputable movers, provides a utility cancellation tool, helps people change their address, and connects people with mortgage, storage, boxes, supplies, and car transport.

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January 8, 2014 – 3:22 PM - | Posted in DIY, guest post | 4 Comments »

4 Comments to “What to Sell, Donate & Throw Away Before You Move”

  1. Brooke Holmes Says:

    this is a helpful post. I don’t like moving at all but this is good information to keep in mind

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  2. Rich Morris Says:

    Great advice. Also, another new’ish avenue for selling is facebook groups. In my area, there are several groups on fb focused on certain areas of focus (like stuff for kids, stuff for men/women, and garage sale listings.

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  3. Jeffrey Says:

    My wife is really good about getting rid of things we no longer use or need but what I do know is that if we ever moved there would be more stuff than I could ever realize. We’ve lived in the same house for over 15 years and I would hate to guess how many trucks we would fill. We just recently cleaned out our closet, some went in the trash, Goodwill and also something we call hand-me-ups…I send clothes off to my wife’s step-dad!

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  4. Junell Says:

    This will be very helpful for when we move, which will hopefully be soon. Thanks for the information.

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