When thinking about packing and moving all your things, you probably feel overwhelmed by everything you have to do and how much stuff you have to pack. We're in the process of planning our next move, and I'm already dreading the number of things that have to be put into boxes. So, if you're feeling stressed by it all, I suggest instead of seeing your things as a waste of time and energy, try to think of them as a potential money maker. While the things you don't care for any long... or have any use for feel like a burden, to someone else they can be a treasure.
So not only can you make money on stuff you don't want, you should always sort through all your stuff, get rid of things you just don't need or want before you start packing. It will save you money, too, especially if you're hiring movers whose fees are based on weight. Regardless, you should always only pack the things you want to keep.
01 of 04
Selling stuff online gets the ranking of number 1 simply because if you can make some extra money getting rid of your things, why not? Some people are overwhelmed by the number of places online you can post your goods and by the actual process (writing the ad, answering inquiries and finally, making the sale), but really, it's easier than you might think. Check out this article on how to sell your stuff online the easy way.
02 of 04
Again, as I noted before if you can make some money by selling your things, you should. Sometimes this means hosting a garage sale in your neighborhood. It isn't as easy as selling your stuff online, but it can be a lot of fun. If you feel it's a little daunting to organize, then ask neighbors to join you or have friends and family join in. However you decide to do it, you'll need to know what to do, including where to market your sale and how to price items. Well, we have all those... answers and more in our guide to garage sales.
03 of 04
If you've tried to sell your stuff online or through a garage sale and you had no buyers or very few, then you might want to think about donating it to a favorite non-profit. Often when we move, I don't have time to try to sell stuff or can't be bothered answering inquiries while I'm trying to pack our household, so donation becomes my first means of getting rid of stuff. There are many people in need of items such as clothing, books, computers - so why not give your things away... to a worthy cause? Find out which items should be donated where with this useful guide to donations.
04 of 04
There are always those things that can't be sold or donated yet you still need to get rid of them. It's a good idea to check what can be recycled and how to save the accumulation of garbage. Things like computers and other electronics that are no longer fixable are a good example of not only what to recycle but how. It's important to be aware that often electronics end up in non-industrial countries and cause massive amounts of health-related illnesses and environmental damage. So... before you recycle, check out this article on how to do it right, including what can be and what can't be disposed.