Tips For Clearing Your Home Before Moving

By  //  September 13, 2019

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Use a storage unit for items you’re unsure about

We all know that moving is stressful enough as it is, so why make it even worse by packing things you really don’t want or need?

We all know that moving is stressful enough as it is, so why make it even worse by packing things you really don’t want or need?

A new home is not only a fresh start in terms of location but also the chance to really declutter and remove things from your life that serves no purpose.

You know the things we’re talking about: unused exercise bikes, boxes of old magazines and newspapers, racks and racks of clothing that you “might” wear one day, and old CD players that haven’t been used at all since you installed Spotify.

So, if you already know you have to be out of your current house by a certain date, why not take the time to consider what items you’d like to bring, and which items could find a home elsewhere.

Use a storage unit for items you’re unsure about

You’ll likely find that once you start clearing out your rooms, you’ll rediscover a lot of old things that you haven’t seen or used for many years!

If you don’t like the idea of taking these things to your next home but aren’t quite sure if you can live without them just yet, then think about using an on-demand storage unit. This is essentially a secured room supplied by an external provider.

This company and others like it will lock your belongings in a climate-controlled room and keep it monitored 24/7.

They’ll also pick up and drop off your items as and when you please. Once you’ve moved into your new home, you can then properly take the time to consider what to do with the items in storage.

Give away to friends and family

Have a bookshelf that you don’t like? An extra microwave or TV? Instead of being a scrooge, message your friends or family and ask them if they’d like anything for free, with the caveat being that they will have to pick it up!

If no one is interested, there are often Facebook groups which are dedicated to people giving away items they no longer want, with a “first come, first serve” system in place.

It feels good to give away something, especially if it clears more space in your home. Thrift stores will also gladly accept some of those fashion purchases that you find a bit embarrassing to wear today, as there’s always someone who will wear your vintage items!

Sell bigger, more expensive things on eBay

Perhaps you recently bought a washing machine, but are moving into a home with your partner, who already has one. If it cost you a pretty penny, you might not feel like giving away something like this for free.

If this is the case, put up an ad on eBay or a similar site. You might not make back the money it cost you, but even if you can get close, it’s worth selling to make some cash.

If possible, book a stall at a local flea market or even set up a yard sale if you have lots of smaller items that are still in good condition.

Cutlery, lamps, clothing and even decorative items often sell well at flea markets, so if it’s too good to give away but you don’t want it, then sell it!

Once you’ve either put items into storage, given them away or sold them, you’ll discover that you’ve now got fewer things to bring to your new home! This gives you the fresh start that you want when you sell your home.

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