The Purge: How to Declutter Your Home Before Moving


getting rid of things you no longer need

Do you have way too much stuff? Now is the perfect time to declutter your life. Especially if you’re prepping for a big move.

Some days you look around and realize your house is too cluttered, it just drives you nuts.

We all have things we just don’t use anymore, and yet we allow them to continue taking up space.

That treadmill you haven’t turned on since 2012?

Let’s be real: it’s now a clothes rack.

About those clothes you bought three years ago but still haven’t worn…

(Donating IS a thing, you know.)

The only solution is to block out time to ditch the junk once and for all.

It will give you more space, and it will feel great to finally get rid of it! And if you plan on moving soon, think about how much easier your move will go when you have fewer things for your moving crew to load up and transport.

Here’s how to get started on getting rid of items you don’t need.

Keep It in the Family (or At Least Within Your Circle of Friends)

Maybe you’ve finally come to terms with the fact that you’re probably not ever going to step on that treadmill again…but your sister–who has been trying to get in shape–just might! After all, one person’s “trash” is another person’s treasure.

As you go through the things you don’t want, think about friends and family members who might be able to use them instead.

Say you have a perfectly good set of pots and pans you never cook with. Perhaps your best friend—who’s really getting into cooking— would love them.

Whether you donate your unwanted items to friends and family or resell them at a low price, keeping them within your circle is a great way to help others while decluttering your life.

Make Some Money While Downsizing

If no friends or family members want your belongings, another option is to sell them.

Simply snap some photos and post them on Facebook Marketplace, or any local internet/app groups that let members buy and sell.

On Facebook it’s super simple to find groups specifically for buying and selling in your area. Similarly, you can post your items for sale on sites like eBay or Craigslist.

If you prefer to sell your items in person rather than online, consider going to a local resale store.

For example, you can get money for used clothing, shoes, purses and accessories at Plato’s Closet and Style Encore, and similar stores.

Trying to sell furniture or household items?

There are consignment stores for these items, too!  It’s the perfect solution to get unwanted belongings off your hands and maximize the room in your new place. Plus, you’ll even make a little cash by consigning your old stuff.

As nice as it is to make some extra cash when downsizing, it’s not always realistic in this busy world.

If you have zero time (or patience) to take pictures and write a description for every item you own in order to sell it online, you’ll dread spending a Saturday at a local consignment store.

It can take awhile for staff to examine your goods, especially in the peak shopping seasons. Plus, they may not even accept certain items.

This is where donating comes in.

Donations are usually tax-deductible. By donating, you can often benefit even more versus getting a few cents to the dollar from a consignment store.

This is perfect for you if you typically owe money at tax time.

So head to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army to make your donations as you downsize.

Don’t have the time to drop off donations? Organizations like GreenDrop and Furniture Bank will pick up clothes, toys, furniture, and even old vehicles.

You can also donate gently-used professional clothing to Dress for Success, as they’re often looking for free clothes, shoes, and other accessories.

When you donate old items, you know you’re helping a good cause while freeing up room in your new home.

Throw Out Old Items

You know the old saying, “when in doubt, throw it out?” It definitely applies here!

New rules to live by: if you don’t use it, and nobody else wants or needs it, just get rid of it.

Yes, you’ll finally have to throw out that torn shirt, ruined shoes, damaged furniture and appliances. If you’re having trouble removing unwanted items, contact LoadUp to come pick up your junk. They even service all across the U.S!

Following these tips can help you get rid of anything you don’t need in your house.

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