Things you should get rid of before your relocation
Everyone knows that relocation is not an easy procedure. There is a ton of planning involved, and sometimes you can’t even handle everything on your own. It’s completely normal to ask a friend for some help and advice, or even hire a professional moving company. But, there are so many things that you can do on your own, which can help significantly reduce the cost of the relocation, as well as make the entire process so much easier. One of those things is, for example, getting rid of things that you don’t really need. These include clothing items that you don’t wear that often, and even old household appliances. When you really think about it, chances are that you own a ton of old technology that just doesn’t have a purpose in your home anymore. Another great benefit of getting rid of all the things you don’t need is because you can significantly cut down on the costs of transportation and packing. Right before your relocation begins is the perfect time to get rid of these things. However, first you need to decide which things you should get rid of. If you need advice on which things to get rid of, as well as how to get rid of those items, please keep reading our blog!
Let’s go over some of the most common things that people tend to give away right before their relocation. Here is a short list:
You should probably know that many moving companies won’t accept any food for transportation, especially if you’re moving to an international destination. The best thing that you can do with your leftover food is to simply organize a family dinner and invite over your relatives and close friends. Try to use up as much of the food as possible. And if you still have some leftover, you can give that away to those in need. They will certainly appreciate it!
If you have any furniture that is not that great, such as things made from particle board, you should probably sell it or give it away. This is because furniture of low quality can often times get broken or severely damaged during transportation. Give away all of your old and damaged furniture – there is no need to spend additional money on transportation costs of your furniture – in fact, you can use that money to simply get new furniture once you have settled into your new home!
Clothes you won’t need anymore:
Are you moving to a different climate zone? If you are, chances are that you won’t need half of your clothes anymore. For example, if you’re moving to a climate where the weather is always warm, you won’t be needing those warm jackets and cardigans anymore. You can organize a yard sale or simply give them away to other people who may need them!
Clean out your bathroom cabinets:
When you take a good look at your bathroom cabinets and drawers, chances are that you will encounter a bunch of things that you don’t really need or use that often. For example, you may find lots of crusty, old nail polish that you haven’t used in years! Now is the perfect time to get rid of those or give them away, especially due to the fact that moving companies won’t transport nail polish or nail polish remover. If you’re wondering why, the answer is simply – they’re extremely flammable and could potentially be hazardous during the transportation process!
Another thing that your moving company probably won’t accept – candles! Even though handles may seem harmless enough, candles can melt during the transportation process and cause additional damage to items surrounding them. You don’t have to get rid of these candles though. You can simply burn all of them when you organize a dinner party!
The best way to get rid of alcohol is to simply take those open bottles out during your dinner with friends. Unfortunately, moving companies won’t accept any alcohol, especially open bottles! The reason why is because alcohol is very flammable and could be dangerous during transportation.
Old linens and bed sheets:
Linens and sheets represent one of those bulky things, which are always a pain in the neck to pack. That’s why you should probably donate them or simply throw them away. This will save you a lot of time and space during the packing process and also cut down on the price of transportation.
Extra craft and hobby supplies:
Remember that hobby you used to like 5 years ago? You may still have some of the supplies left lying around your house. If you’ve given up a craft or a hobby, now is the perfect time to get rid of all the materials and supplies you used to use. Or simply give them away to someone interested in it!
Now, let’s move on to actually getting rid of these items. Once you have decided which things you’re going to get rid of, you can start planning your next move. Here are our recommendations on what to do with those items:
Organize a yard sale:
This is a great way to get rid of the things you don’t need, and make so money while doing so! Organizing a yard sale is easy enough. There is just one important thing that you need to do – make sure that you let people know that you will be holding a yard sale. And don’t forget to make price tags for all of your items, so that people won’t have to constantly ask you for a price.
Sell the items online:
Another great way of making some money, while cutting down the cost of your transportation. You can sell of these things online, through websites such as eBay.
Donate the items to a charity:
If you would like to be a bit more humane, consider donating your things to a charity, such as the Red Cross, Goodwill, or any other charity that takes spare things.
Give them away to friends or relatives:
You can give your old clothes or clothes you won’t wear anymore to friends or family who may need them. You can also exchange clothes with your friends!
If you have any further questions that you want answered about relocating or you want to check out our services, visit us at My International Movers.