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How to Get Rid of Household Items Before a Move

How to Get Rid of Household Items Before a Move

When you’re in the packing stage of your move, odds are you’ll be faced with the need to declutter your home and clear out of items not only to make packing easier and more manageable but to make your entire move cheaper as well. There’s no point in packing and putting in the effort to move items that you don’t want, use, or need, after all. Once you’ve organized and decluttered your home, there are a variety of ways to get rid of these eliminated items, whether by selling or by donating them to a local charity. 

If you’re looking for the best ways to sell or donate your household items after a move, we’ve got some great ideas for ways to sell your items, or how to donate them and give back to your community. 

Before we get into these ways, however, make sure that before you start the decluttering or donating process, make sure that you’re working with the best professional moving company for your relocation. Morse Moving & Storage are the best professional movers who will provide you with the best prices, service, and overall moving experience. 

How to Sell Household Items Before a Move

Now that we’ve determined the best movers for your relocation, let’s get into how to get rid of the items that you’ve eliminated during your decluttering process. 

For some people, who either want to use their cleared out items to help pay for their move, or for those who just want to donate money to charity instead of items, selling household items is a great way to get rid of your stuff quickly while making a profit (or at least getting your money back!). 

If you want to sell your items and have some time on your hands to wait for them to sell, listing things on eBay, Mercari, or other secondhand or resale sites is a great way to get rid of things. However, since you have to wait for them to sell and package and send these items on your own, it’s not the best solution for larger items (or if you don’t feel like putting in the effort!). 

Another great way to sell your items quickly is by taking things back to basics and having a garage, yard, or sidewalk sale. Putting all of your things out all at once and getting cash payments is a super easy and straightforward way to get rid of a lot of items at once while making money and making sure that they go to great homes. 

If you’re selling your items, you can either use this money to put toward your moving expenses or even put it toward investing in new furniture for your new home. For those who want to donate the proceeds of their decluttered items’ sales, you can donate to any charity you can think of! You can also claim this donation on your taxes later on. Just make sure to keep your receipt and record of your donation to record it for tax purposes. 

How to Donate Household Items Before a Move

If you just want to donate your items to charity and get them out of the way, you might be stumped by how to donate large items, like furniture or electronics. Many charities will pick these items up for you, which makes the process that much easier. If you’re looking to donate bulky items, first research whether the charity you have in mind accepts these things, and see if they’ll pick them up for you. 

Looking for charities that accept a variety of items, or specifically large items? Here are a couple of organizations that take large items and have free pick up options: 

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Out of the Closet
  • GreenDrop
  • Vietnam Veterans of America
  • GoodWill
  • DonationTown

Getting rid of furniture can be awkward or just confusing if you’re not sure how to safely and constructively go about it. Donate your items and support good causes while you’re at it by supporting a local charity. 

Just getting started in your moving process? Use Morse Moving & Storage for all of your professional moving needs to get the best services and best moving experience. 

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