The way many of us will deal with the task of packing up our homes is to be ruthless and throw out anything we’ve hardly used or items that are long forgotten about. This technique could be wasting valuable pennies; Many of the items we dispose of are in perfect condition and could easily be sold or donated to a new home.
Every item you throw into the bin has a value and you could be throwing away a fair bit of money in the process. We take a look at a few of the ways we can prevent missing out on some potential earning, by putting some of our old items to good use.
Recycling and reselling old furniture
One of the most exciting parts of moving into a new house is the chance to decorate and furnish your home. That can mean that you dispose of perfectly good furnishings, like beds, sofas and white goods.
These items, if you choose not to move them into your new home, can often be sold on sites including Ebay and Gumtree. You can even put a message out on social media to see if anyone would like to take the items for free, or for a discounted price.
If the thought of uploading images, product descriptions and dealing with buyers all seems a bit much, you can always use short term storage solutions, to house the items until you feel a little more up for organising the sales.
The wardrobe clear-out
Trying to get your entire wardrobe into one giant suitcase can be a challenge. That’s why it’s usually the perfect opportunity to throw away any clothes we don’t fit into anymore, or that we’ve never worn.
There’re many ways to get rid of your old clothes, depending on their condition and how much effort you want to put in. Clothing banks and charity shops are perfect for donating clothes and are always the quickest option.
If you’ve got a pile of old clothes that have never been worn, still have the tags on or are in excellent condition, selling them online can be a great way to get a bit of extra cash.
Trinkets and toys
Spare rooms, cupboards and attics can be the biggest culprit for hiding trinkets and toys that have long been forgotten about. When it comes to old toys, many of us find it hard to let go due to sentimental reasons.
Many charity shops will take old toys, as well as toy banks at stores such as Toys R Us, so long as the toys are clean and in good, working condition. You can also look to take part in a local car boot sale, if you have other trinkets you need to sell alongside the toys.
Knowing what to do with your old belongings, at the same time as trying to organise a big house move, can be a little overwhelming. There’s nothing to say that you have to do it all at once. Hiring short term storage solutions can be the perfect way to get unwanted items out of the way and allow a smoother and more productive move. Then, you can simply have a sort through, once you are fully moved out and settled into your new home.