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Moving Tips – What to Keep, Sell, or Donate

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When it comes time to move, many people throw everything into boxes, whether its their wedding china or the 10 take out menus they have from the same Chinese food restaurant. Few people actually see moving as the the perfect opportunity for going through and clearing out their belongings.

This task should be straightforward, direct and easy.

Keep in mind where you are moving to. If you are moving to Texas from Minnesota, you can probably get rid of your snowboard. And if you are leaving Florida for Maine, you might want to reconsider packing all 12 of your bikinis.

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What to keep

This is probably the most intuitive of all the categories.

You keep the things you need, the things you plan on keeping or wearing consistently- essentially, the things you can’t live without.

This is the category for the clothes you wear daily, your toiletries and your keepsakes.

It’s important you pick these things carefully and ensure that your choices are wide-ranging enough to cover all your needs in your new home, without crossing the line into hoarding.

This category also includes your kitchen items, such a pots and pans and your silverware. If you have 40 forks, get rid of some. If you have 2 sets of dishes or cooking ware, don’t pack the second set.

What to sell

Generally, these are the luxury items like the recliner that won’t fit into your new living room or the bed from your guest room since you no longer need one.

You can also sell clothes that no longer fit or that you don’t wear anymore. Also consider selling your shoes, unused lawn equipment and tools, and the kitchen items previously mentioned.

Online sites like Letgo and Facebook allow you to post pictures of the items you’re getting rid of. With each image, provide a description of the item for sale, its condition and the selling price. You can also list the price as negotiable and extend your buyer audience to reach miles from your location.

Yard sales and friend-to-friend exchanges are also ways to earn money off the things that won’t be making the move.

What to donate

Any clothes, essentials, and useful items that you either want to replace or have replaced already should be donated.

You can also donate whatever you can’t sell, assuming it’s still in good order and usable for anyone who might wish to pick it up.

The Salvation Army and Goodwill both accept donations of these kinds. Additionally, they can provide you with receipt of donation so you can write those items off on your taxes.

Donating is a great way to de-clutter while giving back to the community. Giving away your old coats and unused items can provide warmth and convenience to those who are experiencing hard times.


On your next move, be sure to consider going through your belongings to lighten your load, and check out our other moving tips in our “Moving on a Budget” and “Make the Process Easy” posts!


5 Ways Lakes Make the World a Better Place

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We all love the pristine beauty and endless fun that our favorite lake brings, but have you ever stopped to consider what it was intended to be used for in the first place?

Most significantly sized in the US are man-made, and while recreation is one reason some are created, it’s definitely not the most common.

Here are 5 reasons lakes are beneficial for everyone:

Drinking Water

Many lakes are created to maintain a supply of drinking water for the local population.

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One big example? Lake Lanier, which provides drinking water for nearly 3 million people in the metro Atlanta area. Built by the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers in the 1950s, Lake Lanier encompasses approximately 38,000 acres in Northern Georgia.

Other examples include Lake Lanier’s sister reservoir, Lake Allatoona, and Lake Rhodiss in North Carolina.

Flood Control

Flood control is almost always a factor in creating man-made lakes, particularly those on river systems with multiple dams.

These reservoirs can hold in or release extra water depending on the needs of the downstream environment.

Such lakes that factor in downstream flood control include Lake Texoma in Texas and Oklahoma and Logan Martin Lake in Alabama.

These water bodies protect countless communities along their shores from devastating floods caused by area rivers and streams.


Almost all dams on major rivers and lakes are now outfitted with turbines that produce hydroelectricity.

As water is released and flows through the dam, it spins these turbines, generating “green” energy.

While it is a growing, important, clean source of energy, hydroelectricity only generates about 7 percent of the country’s total energy production.

Lakes with hydroelectricity plants include Lake Oconee in Georgia, Lake Hamilton in Arkansas and Lake Murray in South Carolina.

Natural Coolant

Some lakes are created to keep nuclear power plants cool.

Like hydroelectricity, nuclear power is also a much cleaner energy source than coal or natural gas burning facilities.

Such reservoirs include Lake Anna in Virginia and Lake Keowee in South Carolina.

Efficient and clean energy — it’s a win/win.


While recreation may not be the primary reason many lakes were created, it is what draws most people to the area.

At first glance, recreational activities may not seem as important as accessible drinking water, flood control or hydroelectricity, but they play a major part in driving tourism in the area, which brings in significant revenue to help boost local economies.

Not only are these bodies of water wonderful places to live, they also provide many unseen benefits to everyone in the region.

What is your favorite lake and how does it impact your community? Comment below and let us know!



Lake Real Estate Market Report for Winter 2018 Released

March 8, 2018

Winter 2018 Update to the Lake Real Estate Market Report Released Lake Homes Realty has released the Winter 2018 update to the firm’s proprietary Lake Real Estate Market Report. Covering more than 650 lake real estate markets across 13 states through the Southeast, Southwest, Northern, and Northeast United States, the report is the nation’s most comprehensive look at […]

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Springtime Front Door Makeovers You’ll Love

March 7, 2018

Spring is a time to renew, refresh and revive your lake home. Give your front door a face lift with these fresh and fun ideas! Pick a Color, Any Color A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for any space, but instead of just touching up the scuffs on your front door, consider painting […]

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Handyman 101: Replacing a Toilet Handle

February 23, 2018

A good thing to learn is how to replace a toilet handle. Whether it is busted, rusted, cracked, or you just want to put a new one on, here are a few do-it-yourself tips. Fortunately, replacing a toilet handle is fairly inexpensive and easy to do. Remove the Tank Lid The first thing you’ll need […]

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Antique Boat Festival Returning to Lake Hartwell

February 23, 2018

The Blue Ridge Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, in conjunction with the Hart County Chamber of Commerce, will host the 2018 Lake Hartwell Antique Boat Festival on Saturday, April 21 at Hartwell Marina. This year’s event will commemorate 29 years the festival has been held on Lake Hartwell and will feature more […]

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President’s Day Special: Lakes Named for the Nation’s Leaders

February 16, 2018

Originally observed in honor of George Washington’s February 22 birthday, President’s Day, was first celebrated, following his death, in 1799. Appropriately dubbed “Washington’s Birthday,” the day was declared a federal holiday in the Washington D.C. area in the late 1970s. The holiday gained national recognition in 1885, and in 1971 the Uniform Monday Holiday Act renamed the […]

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Most Commonly Forgotten Moving Tasks

February 2, 2018

Moving can be a stressful affair. From closing on the property, packing, transporting, unpacking and everything in between, it is easy to forget some of the most important jobs associating with a move. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with these most commonly missed moving tasks to help ensure your next move goes a little […]

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Lake Homes Realty Moves to Larger Headquarters

January 25, 2018

Lake Homes Realty’s brokerage operations are rapidly expanding into new states across the U.S., but the company’s market footprint isn’t the only thing that has grown. Not only did the company add brokerage operations in seven more states in 2017, they added more members to their corporate and operations teams. All this growth prompted a […]

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Lake Dates Your Valentine Will Love

January 23, 2018

Love is in the air and lovers are on the water. If you’re hooked on someone special this year, make their Valentine’s Day one to remember with these great lake date ideas. Set Sail There’s just something romantic about a sail boat. Fortunately, you don’t have own one, or be a master sailor, to make […]

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