How to Get Rid of Stuff You Don't Want to Move

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When you think about packing and moving all your things, you might feel overwhelmed by everything you have to do and how much stuff you have to pack. If you're in the process of planning your next move and already dreading the number of items that have to be put into boxes, consider getting rid of some stuff instead.Instead of seeing your things as a waste of time and energy, try to think of them as a potential money maker. When the things you don't care for any long or have any use for feel like a burden, they can be a treasure to someone else.

Before you move, you should always sort through all your stuff, get rid of things you 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.

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    Sell Items Online

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    Selling stuff online is the top way to get rid of your unwanted items, simply because it allows you to make some extra money getting rid of your things. 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.

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    Host a Garage Sale

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    Again, 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, ask neighbors, friends or family to join you. 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.

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    Donate to Charity

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    If you've tried to sell your stuff online or through a garage sale and you had no buyers, then you might want to think about donating it to a favorite non-profit. Often when moving, people 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 the first means of getting rid of stuff. There are many people in need of items such as clothing, books, and computers, so why not give your things away to a worthy cause?

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    Recycle Excess Items

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    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, learn to do it right, including what can be and what can't be disposed of.

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