Moving to a New Area? Here Are 8 Ways to Get Rid of All the Junk You’ll No Longer Need

More stuff packed onto the moving truck leads to a higher cost to move everything. Once it’s at the new house, any added clutter will need to be dealt with anyhow. Instead of wasting money and packing things that aren’t really needed, it might be a good idea to look into different ways to get rid of junk before the move.

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Rent a Dumpster to Declutter

For a large declutter job, it might be a good idea to rent a dumpster. This makes it easy to go through everything in the home and toss what’s no longer needed. Those who are getting ready to move and want to declutter first can visit dumpsquadusa.com to learn more.

Pack Up Items to Donate

Many different charities will accept donations, so this is a great option for things that aren’t needed anymore but are in great shape. Pick a charity that can ensure those who may need the item will be able to get it easily.

Sell Items Online

If the items are still in good shape, it might be possible to sell them online. There are many different options for this, depending on the type of item, and it can help bring in some extra money before the move. Always be safe when selling online to avoid scams or theft.

Hold a Garage Sale

Garage sales can be an excellent way to get rid of stuff that isn’t needed anymore and make a little extra money. Plan the garage sale for a day with nice weather so there will be more people out looking for a bargain.

Hold a Swap

A community swap allows neighbors to all bring their unwanted items and leave with items they want, without spending any money. Consider holding one to help your neighbors declutter as well.

Look for Free Groups Online

Look for a local group that allows those in the area to post things they are giving away for free. Those who may be able to use the items can then come to pick it up. Don’t want to wait for people to get there? Put the items at the end of the driveway and post a curb alert.

Repurpose Old Items

Some items may not be needed as-is anymore, but they can still be useful if they’re reused. Old clothes, for instance, can be cut up and used as cleaning rags. This is perfect before a move because they can be used to clean the home and get it ready for the next occupant.

Start Composting

Need to get rid of a lot of paper and other biodegradable items? A composter is an excellent choice. Purchase a composting bin so it can be moved to the new home easily and let the items start breaking down. At the new house, the resulting soil can be used in the garden.

When it’s time to clear out a house, there are many different ways to get rid of the junk and make sure as little as possible is moved. Try out a few of the ideas here to get rid of anything you don’t need long before the move. You can save on moving expenses and may be able to make a little bit of money at the same time.

All Our Bags are Packed and We’re Ready to Go

I can’t hide my excitement on our most-awaited vacation.  We will leave on Friday (hope it is sunny by then) but as early as yesterday all our bags are packed and we are ready to go. We are just waiting for Friday to come. I maybe packed things too early but because I have a child, I don’t want to miss anything important most especially her medications.

Whether we are having our vacation in the suburb or to another city, it’s a big family acitvity that requires a whole lot of packing. Aside of course from our needed clothes I see to it that we also have other essentials such as first-aid kit including medications, toiletries, ziplock bags, sunblock,  important accessories (caps/hats, sunglasses, slippers), light weight sweaters/jackets, cellphones, chargers, camera, extra duracell procell batteries, credit cards, a list of emergency phone numbers, snacks,  and last but not the least cash. Lot of things that made my packing look so stressful but because I always make my list ahead, everything turned out easy. Still, I made sure that we can lift and carry our bags with ease.

It is important to travel light so pack only the things you need. If you have baby or toddlers, here’s the list that you might want to consider:

Needed clothes
Bottles or sippy cups
Sneakers/play shoes
Formula
Distilled or purified water
Baby food and snacks
Pacifiers
Bibs
Diapers
Wipes
Changing pads
Waterproof sheets
Diaper ointment
Medicine for fever, allergies, cough and colds
Thermometer
Blanket
Sweaters
Few toys
Coloring books
Crayons
Favorite stuffed animal


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