Moving can be a daunting task. All the unpacking and packing alone can make your head spin! The good news is that this is an excellent opportunity to finally declutter your home. Here is a short guide to how you can get rid of some stuff before moving!
We’ve all been there before. Whether it’s the back of the closet or a forgotten drawer, you’ll likely find things you forgot you ever had when you’re packing up for the move.
Here are some categories of things you can quickly size down in:
Clothing– if you find yourself holding on to clothing that:
- You can’t remember the last time you wore it
- No longer fits
- You’re hoping to fit into one day
- You’ve never worn, but you’re saving it for an event that may come up
It’s time to get rid of it!
Kitchen appliances– we all accumulate things that we thought we were going to use. Don’t make the same mistake again and save some valuable cabinet space!
Books– do you really need your textbooks from college? Books are heavy to move, so if possible, go through your collection and only keep those that you’ll re-read.
Dishes– you’ll probably find too many coffee mugs and cracked plates that you haven’t had time to sort through. Consider how many plates and bowls you realistically need and do away with the rest!
So you’ve identified the things that you no longer need, what should you do with it? Instead of sending them to a landfill, here are other ways you can get rid of your unused items.
A Garage Sale Or Consignment Stores
This will require some planning, but if you have a lot of stuff to get rid of, hold a garage sale! Make sure you get the word out around the neighbourhood, so you have many people stopping by.
Similarly, you can sell your gently-used clothing at a local consignment store, and any money you make can contribute to the move.
Some people are less fortunate than you and would certainly appreciate donated items. Make sure you check the types of things each charity takes donations of. Clothing drop boxes, thrift stores and churches are great places to start!
If you’re selling your home, the new buyers might be interested in some starting furniture or home equipment. Contact them, either through a realtor or directly, to find out if they would like what you’re getting rid of. However, make sure that you ask first and do not leave things based on assumptions.
Ask Your Friends And Family
You can always ask your friends and family if they would like anything that you’re getting rid of. It won’t hurt to ask! If they don’t, you can always try the other avenues we’ve mentioned.
International moving can be stressful, but you can trust Tippet Richardson to take good care of your belongings. Our company is CAM’s Certified Canadian Overseas Mover and is proud to be your full-service international mover in Toronto. From furniture packing to going through customs and unpacking, our hands-on crew will be there to help you every step of the way. Call our Toronto office today for all your moving needs!