Simplify Your Next Move by Donating Unwanted Items

Moving can be a big hassle. Even if you hire someone to take care of hauling your belongings from one place to another, you can expect to spend several weeks packing, cleaning, sorting, and unpacking. To simplify your life, you can use the concepts of minimalism and get rid of the things you no longer need.

Why You Should Donate Your Stuff
If you’re hesitant to give away the things you once paid good money for, you’re not alone. Many people prefer to hang on to things that are no longer useful to them, whether those are clothes that don’t fit anymore or a kitchen gadget they don’t have the time to use. It turns out there are lots of good reasons to donate your belongings. Doing so can save you time, space, and money. You don’t have to clean as much, and you can feel good about supporting a cause you believe in.

Save Time
By donating unwanted items, you can save a lot of time packing, moving, and unpacking. You may argue that it could take weeks to go through your things and get rid of the stuff you don’t want, but you’re actually saving yourself the hassle of packing it up and unpacking it in the new house. When you hold onto things you no longer need, you also waste time on keeping the stuff organized and stored.

Save Space
Whether you’re relocating to a smaller or bigger house, it makes sense to utilize the space you have for the things you use and care for. It may not be a big deal to have an extra kitchen gadget that nobody uses, such as a blender or bread maker, but you probably have quite a collection of things that are no longer useful. If you donated those things, you could probably opt for the nice home or apartment that didn’t have extra storage space in the hallway without feeling crammed.

Less Cleaning
If you need another reason to get rid of clutter, you should consider how much time you spend on cleaning and organizing your stuff. If the hallway closet or garage needs to be cleaned out every year, and it takes you 3 weekends to do that, you probably have accumulated too much stuff. By getting rid of the things your family has outgrown, you spend less time cleaning up.

Save Money
The biggest reason to donate things you no longer want before you move to a new place is to save some money. Why should you pay your movers to move furniture, clothing, or books that nobody in your family cares to use? Instead of moving them from your old garage to the new garage, do yourself a favor and give the stuff to someone who needs it. Even if you’re donating your things, doing so saves you money, because now you don’t have to pay someone to pack it and move it for you.

Support a Good Cause
There are many charitable organizations all over the country looking for gently used things. It doesn’t hurt you to give them the stuff that no longer serves you. Donating your items can also make you feel really good about yourself, because you’re helping someone else in need. 

Where to Take Your Stuff?
When it comes to donating your belongings, there are an endless number of places that will be happy to help you de-clutter. Thrift shops and non-profit stores usually take a number of different items, anything from clothing, toys, books, to electronics and garden tools. Of course, you can also donate your books to used bookstores or your local library. Schools, shelters, and community centers are also happy to take a variety of items as long as they’re in serviceable condition. 

If you have the time and inclination, you can also try to sell some of your items. If you don’t mind giving them away for free but can’t take them into town, you can use online boards to find takers. In fact, with options like Craigslist and Facebook garage sale groups, you can even get people to pick up your broken washer or old mattress for free.

After you have simplified your move by getting rid of the things you no longer want, we’re happy to help with the rest. Give us a call or contact us through our contact form for more information!