You may find de-cluttering before a move as another chore to get through. But, you should see it as an advantage to moving.
By getting rid of unwanted and unneeded belongings, moving becomes an easier and cheaper process. Don’t forget that weight, along with mileage and labor costs; all contribute to your moving costs. With fewer items to load onto a moving truck, you’ll save more money and time.
One of your options for de-cluttering is to hold a moving sale. Understandably, you may have hesitations, especially if you’re pressed for time. Here, you’ll learn why a garage sale before a move is worth the extra effort.
How a Well-Planned Moving Sale Pays Off
Rather than discarding usable items, it’s better to sell them and earn some extra cash. Plus, if you’re able to sell a lot, you may even have enough to cover some of your moving costs.
Another benefit of holding a yard sale is you’re prepping your new home to be clutter-free and organized. Since you’re only bringing the things you need, clutter doesn’t have a chance to accumulate yet. If you make sure it stays that way, then maintaining a clutter-free home over the long-term shouldn’t be a problem.
Some Tips for Holding a Moving Garage Sale
One thing you have to remember about moving sales is if you can’t plan them right, it’s better not to hold one at all. Just as planning is the key to a successful move, you’ll want to spend some time and effort organizing your moving garage sale.
This should start with evaluating items you can sell. A good rule of thumb to follow is if you can’t donate them, you probably shouldn’t sell them. Think older TV sets or old copies of Reader’s Digest magazines.
And of course, if something’s broken, dirty, or in otherwise poor condition, don’t bother selling it. Recycle it instead.
Other things to plan include the date and time of the moving sale if you need special permits from local authorities, advertising, and pricing.
What to Do with Leftovers
If you weren’t able to sell everything, you might consider posting them on auction sites. But, make sure you still have some time to do this before your actual move.
Another way to deal with the unsold items is to donate them. The good thing about this option is if you get a receipt, those leftover items can be tax-deductible.
Bonus: If you make donating a part of your de-cluttering routine, it’s going to be a lot easier for your home to be clutter-free.
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