How to Sort and Get Rid of Stuff Before You Move

Get Rid of Unwanted Stuff

The upside of moving is that it forces you to make a clean out the house by getting rid of unwanted things - stuff that you no longer use or need. If you move a lot, you'll find that you tend not to collect things you don't want and that you only keep the bare minimum around the house,

Just remember that it's cheaper and easier if there's less to pack and less to load onto a moving truck.

  • 01 of 07
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    Before moving, it's a good idea to sort through your things so you don't end up moving stuff that you don't need and have never really used. Not only will it save you time in packing and unpacking, but it will also save you money; the more stuff you have to move, the more expensive it will be.

  • 02 of 07

    Questions To Ask Yourself to Help You Get Rid of Clutter

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    Sorting through your stuff and deciding what to pack and what to get rid of is never easy. You might find yourself moving stuff just because you can't decide if you need it or not.  While this is a huge task and may seem overwhelming, there are some key questions you can ask yourself to help you decide what should stay and what should go.

  • 03 of 07
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    Remember, you're moving and it's time to throw open that door and unveil exactly what you've been keeping in that closet...While packing the closet, you may feel overwhelmed, but if you use this easy to follow guide, you'll find the closet sorted and packed before you know it. 

  • 04 of 07
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    f you're like most people, you can't resist a garage sale. There's something about going through someone else's stuff or maybe it's the hunt, the hunt for a bargain. No matter what the reason, garage sales are a great way to get rid of stuff you don't want or need. It's also a great way to lighten your move and make some money at the same time, money that can be used to haul the rest of your stuff to your new home.

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  • 05 of 07
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    If you don't have time or the resources to host a garage sale, then selling your things online might just be the way to go. Everything from clothes to appliances to kids toys and more can all be sold with just the click of a mouse - it's that easy.
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    Once you've allocated the items for donation, make sure that each piece can be used, that it's in good condition and that it's been well cleaned. Next, make a list of all the items you have, then use this guide to determine where you might take those extra household items.  Not only are you getting rid of things you don't need, but you're helping out your community and people who need it. .

  • 07 of 07
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    Moving can not only be hard on you, but it can also add a lot of waste to the environment. When you're planning your move, make sure you take into consideration the time and effort of properly disposing of items that you can no longer use to try to keep garbage from the landfill. 

Whenever you move house, one of the first things you should do is clear out the clutter by getting rid of stuff you don't need. While this takes time and a lot of work, it makes packing and unpacking that much easier. Plus, you'll save money whether you hire movers or rent a moving truck. And these guides will help make the job that much easier.