There is something refreshing about moving. A new location, new home, and new surroundings can make you feel like you are getting a fresh start. If you have old things that you no longer want, what is the point of paying the moving company to transport them to your new home? Instead of waiting until after the move to get rid of things, have a clear out beforehand and save yourself the moving transportation costs. Bekins Moving Solutions has helped countless families get ready for their next move. Here are a few tips on how to start de-cluttering prior to your move.
Where to Start?
A good place to begin with clearing out your belongings is to get rid of things that are broken. Everybody has items that they put to the back of the closet when they stop working in the hope that they might get around to fixing them. If you have items that were broken months or even years ago, then there is no point keeping them. They are just going to take up space and cost you money during the move.
Follow the 12-Month Rule
It is also a good idea to throw away, give away or sell anything that you have not used for a long while. The rule of thumb that most people use is 12 months. If you haven’t used that particular item in over a year, it is likely that you do not need it. It might be tempting to hold on to these belongings “just in case,” but those circumstances almost never arise. Unless they have real sentimental value, there is no point keeping them.
Sell What You Don’t Need
Take the items that you aren’t going to be taking with you and determine their value by quickly searching online. After a quick calculation, determine whether it would be worth the time to sell them or donate them. Sell the items using online classifieds ads or on local Facebook groups. By selling things you don’t use, you could easily make enough money to help fund your move or the purchase of new things for your home.
Donate the Rest
If you don’t sell the items in time for your move, it may be worth it to donate it instead. Keep track of the items you donate along with their fair market value. You can use this record to save money on your taxes along with also helping those in need. While most people donate to the Salvation Army, you may want also to search for local non-profits who could also benefit from donations of clothes, toys, and furniture.
If you are starting to de-clutter in preparation for a move and need assistance packing, contact Bekins Moving Solutions. Call (877) 594-1187 for a free moving estimate today!