Getting rid of stuff before moving can be a hassle, but it’s worth the trouble. Before you hire moving companies or storage units, it’s best to take stock of what items you wish to keep and which ones you would like to get rid of beforehand.
Moving too many things will end up costing you a lot of money in the end. A moving company will have their own rules on what they are willing to move, especially if the moving company has a minimum number of items to be moved or weight restrictions. The moving company may require moving depots, but moving companies should also have an option for moving pods. For storage units, many storage facilities are willing to provide assistance in moving your items in and out.
Many of these costs can be avoided if you’re able and willing to get rid of things before you move. Having a yard sale is a great way to make money for things you don’t want or need anymore. Giving items away to a local Salvation Army or Goodwill is another great alternative, as it creates jobs for people and helps your items find a good home.
Let’s be honest here, many people have a difficult time purging items before a move due to sentimental value. If an item is a family heirloom, that’s one thing… but many people place a skewed valuation on their own belongings. Some questions to ask when considering getting rid of something:
Did you use it in the last 6 months?
Is it of familial or historical importance?
Does it carry emotional significance to you?
Does it carry monetary value?
If you answer “No” to those questions, then you can probably give it away. In fact, it’s likely you’ll forget you ever even had the item down the road.
Follow this line of questioning and you’ll definitely be able to get rid of unneeded things before you pack up to move. Good luck!