One of the undeniable advantages of moving is that it forces you to take stock of all the junk you own in the house and get rid of items that you no longer use or need. After all, it's cheaper and easier to move when there's less to pack and load onto a moving truck. Despite your best intentions of getting organized prior to starting to pack, however, when it comes time to move, you might find yourself faced with the unenviable task of decluttering.
Of course, one tried-and-true way of ridding your house of the stuff you don't want is to host a yard sale. When even the thought of hosting and organizing a yard sale is too overwhelming, though, there are still ways to work through the clutter.
Sell Your Clothing and Accessories
Clothing and accessories are some of the easiest household items to accumulate, but can be hard to pare down. If you are ready to part with gently used clothing that are in good condition, there are a number of companies that might take them. Your first step might be to take them to a local consignment store, but there are online options, too.
- ThredUp. Request a free clean-out kit from ThredUp, an online reseller, and they'll send you a large bag in which you can place the items you want to get rid of. Send it back, and ThredUp will post them for sale online and send you a portion of the proceeds. However, it's worth noting that not all items are accepted for sale; those that are not will be shipped back to you for a small fee or recycled. You can also donate the clothes to a charity through ThredUp.
- Tradesy. If you're ready to part with designer clothing, you can take photos and list it online with Tradesy. If you make a sale, the company sends you a prepaid, pre-addressed shipping kit. Tradesy takes a small commission on each sale.
Use Local Reselling Sites
Cut out the middle man by selling household items locally on an online marketplace, such as Facebook Marketplace, LetGo, or Craigslist. These sites require you to take a photo, provide a description, and communicate directly with a potential buyer. Keep in mind that buyers are likely to negotiate on price.
Donate Your Items
If you don't feel strongly about earning money for your clothing or other household items or they're not in good enough shape to resell — but is still perfectly wearable or usable — then consider donating it to an organization such as Goodwill or The Salvation Army. If you're too overwhelmed to even take the items to charitable organizations, companies such as GreenDrop allows you to schedule a pickup. Simply box up the items and place them outside on a pre-determined pickup day, and GreenDrop will do the rest.
Host an Estate Sale
Estate sales allow you to clear out a bunch of household items by opening your house up for people to come in and buy. Professional estate sales are available to do all the work for you, but they take a cut of the proceeds. You can also host your own estate sale, though it takes more work to organize, price and sell the items.
Hire a Junk Removal Service
Sometimes, the household items that you want to get rid of aren't in good enough shape to sell or donate. For example, you might have an old shed in the backyard that's full of rusty lawn equipment, gardening tools and other junk that you're not interested in trying to salvage. It might be too much to simply set out for the local trash service to pick up and dispose of.
If this is the case, you can hire a junk removal service to come by and pick up the items. You'll pay for the company to haul away the junk for you, but when you're stressed about moving, it might be best to just be done with it.