July 11, 2015

Two Month Moving Countdown: 5 Weeks Out

Lighten Your Load – toss, sell or give away what you can

Use this moving planner to keep track of your move in the months leading up to the big day.

Image of people measuring a table

Get organized.
Start going through room by room to determine what is worthy of making the move with you. What would be easier to just get rid of?

Start sorting.
For everything you don’t plan on keeping, you can generally sort it into three categories:

  • Trash (little or no value)
  • Donation or Garage sale (for used items with generally lower value)
  • Re-sale (for new, like-new and higher value items that you may not want to donate)

Items to be tossed.
For trash, explore recycling options, particularly for older electronic items such as non-working computers, old cell phones, old eyeglass frames…even ink cartridges and batteries. Some of these items can be recycled for cash. Be sure you appropriately dispose of any hazardous materials or electronics.

Items to be donated.
For donation, choose your favorite charity to support. An easy option is bulk bagging everything to drop off at your local Goodwill. If you choose to donate to a charity, don’t forget to get a receipt to demonstrate the value of your donations for tax deduction purposes.

Items to be sold.
If you are going to have a garage sale, you can combine the lower value and higher value items you may not want to hang on to. If your selection seems a bit sparse, consider asking neighbors if any of them would like to pitch in for a combined garage sale that might be more attractive to potential buyers.

If you don’t want to bother with a garage sale, you can post your items for sale online or go through re-sale boutiques. This is best for new, like-new and higher value items.




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