From my own experience, I’ve found that reducing your items when you move is almost therapeutic. It helps to reduce the clutter. You can begin doing it before you even have your move planned, which will give you less to do when moving time rolls around. You might even be able to sell off items that you no longer use or need-I almost always prefer money to things that I don’t use anymore! Here are some steps to help you lighten the load for your move.
If You Don’t Use It, You’ll Lose It
For me, I’ve moved about every two or three years. One ground rule that I’ve set is that anything that doesn’t get used in one home doesn’t make it into the next one. If you’ve lived in your house for longer than that, you can set a limit–any items that haven’t been used for two years are finding their way to the chopping block.
CDs, DVDs, and Other Media
For my most recent move, my partner encouraged me to get rid of my CD and DVD collection. While I was hesitant at first, I soon realized that I almost never use any of it anymore. With today’s world, I have my entire music collection on my computer. I rarely watch a movie more than two or three times. Getting rid of the TV Seasons was toughest, as I find those to have the most re-watch value. In the end, I wound up getting rid of almost every CD, DVD, and VHS (yes, video cassette tape) that I owned. I sold them all and wound up with a few hundred dollars. If I didn’t sell them, I would have needed extra boxes and time to move them over, and they’d still be taking up space on my shelves. I don’t miss my collection, and was able to have a few hundred dollars when I really needed it for my move.
Furniture and Larger Items
The larger items can be a little more difficult to get rid of until you know where you’ll be moving to. However, once you know where you’re going, you can make the decisions on what will work with your new place and what won’t. For me, I wound up in a place with no dining room, with a large built-in kitchen counter. Getting rid of the dining table set was an easy decision from there – there’s no need for it, and no place for it. Other decisions might not be so cut and dry, but try to plan out each room in advance so you’ll have an idea of what you want to keep and what might be extra.
How To Sell The Extra Stuff
Once you know what you’ll be getting rid of, it’s best to try to sell what you can. While not everything has a resale value, you might be surprised at what you can get for many items. There are lots of choices, but here are a few that have worked for myself, and many others.
• Craigslist – People use Craigslist for almost everything these days. I have found that it to be a great way to sell furniture, electronics, tools, and other larger items. While you might get a few people interested in the media collection, I never had much luck with my CDs or DVDs there.
• Newbury Comics – While you might not make as much per-item at Newbury Comics, they will take boxes full of CDs, DVDs, Vinyl Records, Video Games, and more and sift through everything. Different locations are willing to buy different items based on their own inventory needs/etc. I made stops at two different Newbury Comics with boxes full of stuff and got rid of almost everything with the two stops. NOTE – If you are trying to sell vinyl records, they only buy them at the store on Route 1 in Norwood.
• eBay – Selling on eBay can require a little more legwork per item. You need to ship everything, set up a Pay Pal account, and respond to questions from each potential buyer. However, if you have some items that are worth a little more, you can make more money by selling on eBay than you would by selling on Craigslist. It can be worth a shot to list an item with a reserve so you can see if it will sell there. If it doesn’t sell, you don’t pay.
While it may seem like a hefty task, you’ll probably be glad to get rid of the things that you don’t use. If you can make a little money for it, that’s even better. In any event, having less items to move on moving day is always a good thing, and will help to make your move easier.
Have you used any other methods for getting rid of old items around the house? Tell us about it in the comments section!