Moving Tips – What to Keep, Sell, or Donate

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

This task should be straightforward, direct and uncomplicated.

Keep in mind your new location when making decisions. If you are moving to Texas from Minnesota, you can probably get rid of your snowboard. 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

Deciding what to keep is probably the most intuitive of all the categories.

Keep the things you need as essentials. This is the category for the clothes you wear daily, furniture that fits your new environment and your keepsakes.

This category also includes your kitchen items, such as pots and pans and your silverware. If you have 40 forks, you may want to donate a few. If you have two sets of dishes or cooking ware, don’t pack the second set.

It’s important you pick these items carefully to ensure that your choices are wide-ranging enough to cover all your needs in your new home.

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 that you may no longer need.

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 selling. 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 clothing or items in good condition that you either no longer need or want to replace should be donated.

Donate whatever you can’t sell. Items that have use value can be important items for those in need.

The Salvation Army and Goodwill both accept donations. Additionally, they can provide you with receipt of donation for tax purposes.

Donating is a great way to de-clutter while giving back to the community.

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!

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