July 4th, 2018 | Updated on August 14th, 2018
Who like spending money if they can save them? No one! But what if I told you that you may be spending way too much money on moving services, just because you do not take your time to get rid of the things you don’t actually need?
That’s right! Most people have so much useless stuff around their home, but they are not even aware of it.
And what happens when you have to move? You pack all this junk with everything else and you end up paying a lot more for moving services.
Then you unpack everything, put it into place and forget about it until your next move, when the cycle repeats.
Do you want to avoid that? We have asked our friends from different moving companies Chicago to help us with some advice on how you can scale down before the move. Let’s check it out!
1. Become Aware
You cannot get rid of things that you don’t even know you have.
That means that you may have to go out of your way to figure out what you actually own and whether or not you need it.
In other words, you will need to do an inventory check.
The easiest way to go about it is room by room. Start with your storage places, like the attic, the basement, the garage and the closet.
These tend to house most of your useless stuff that you never get to take out once you put in there.
Some people find it hard to throw stuff out, especially if they have bought it with their hard earned money. We get that sentiment.
That is way you should try donating. Not only will you do some good by giving your unwanted items to people who may actually need them, but you will be cutting down on stuff for you next move as well.
Just make sure that the things you want to donate are actually useful. Old torn clothes, overly used bedsheets and random items with no apparent value may not be a suitable choice for donations.
3. Try Craigslist
A good alternative to donating may be selling your items on Craigslist. As the saying goes “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
You never know what other people may find valuable. This also goes for the things that may be unsuitable for donation.
Try putting them on Craigslist before you throw them out. Selling items at second hand auctions can also bring you extra money. Abbeys Auctions offers relocation services which include planning, decluttering, packing and moving. Their Classic Moves division specialises in decluttering your home and will help remove rubbish, donate unwanted items to charity and sell valuable items for you at auction.
That being said, selling something there may take a while. So this advice is best utilized if you start way ahead of your move.
That way you won’t be pressed by time to actually throw away your items.
Sizing down is not that difficult, especially when you consider the fact that you do not really need the items you are going to donate, sell or throw out.
If you’re planning to move during the winter check out these tips from Get Assist to make your move run smoothly.
After all, you have not even thought about them for a while now, have you? So go ahead, figure out what you need and what you don’t, and just through the useless stuff out. Or donate it. Or sell it. Whatever works!