How to move with less boxes

Moving does not have to be a stressful occasion if you prepare properly. While many of the activities and responsibilities leading up to moving day can cause you a bit of unrest, when you finally get to the day you journey to your new home, you should be able to sit back for just a bit and enjoy that journey. You’ve earned it and you deserve a stress-free day.

Packing causes much of the stress. We have way too much “stuff” and we don’t realize it until we decide to pack it all. In general times, we ignore all the lost areas of our homes. From the basement, crawlspaces to the attic, there are items in your home that will surprise you. And, you’ll be wondering why you kept all these items for so many years. Sound familiar?

Purging and parting with some of the items in your home will accomplish several things. First, you’ll have far less to pack and unpack during your moving excursion. But what could be even more important is that getting rid of unwanted items will reduce the cost of your move.

How do I get rid of unwanted items before a move?

There are several outlets you can use to purge your home of unwanted items. But first, you’ll need to get comfortable with what you want to get rid of. And, you’ll want to feel comfortable that you will not need those items in your new home because that will only cost you more money in the long run. You can donate unwanted items, have a yard sale or your can decide to throw certain items always that have no value.

Donating items from the home

Depending on what you want to donate, you can find many ways to help others while purging what you feel you do not need. In many areas there are furniture banks that will accept various types of furniture items and they donate those back to families in need. Many also accept other household items such as pots and pans. Check more than one because what they accept can vary depending on the agency. Many will also arrange for pick up of your items but because of COVID-19, you may need to drop off items in person and book a time.

There are other outlets to donate items including Goodwill, the Salvation Army and other places that may also take additional household items, clothing and more.

Disposing of unwanted items

There are two types of people in this world. Those that like to throw things out and those that hang on to everything. If you are moving, you are going to have to throw a few things out. These are items you have no use for, are not able to donate or will not fit in your new home. If you have a large amount of items to discard, consider a small dumpster. You can even find some disposable dumpster products at your home improvement store.

Have a yard sale

Again, in the age of COVID-19, you may need to check with your local town hall but in the past, a great way to get rid of items was to have a yard sale. People love yard sales and many go on these hunts every weekend to find bargains.

Family and friends

You might just want to check with your family and friends before heading to the town dump with your items. You might just find out that your cousin has always wanted that old brown chair that has been sitting in your basement for 20 years. File under, you never know…

Ready to move? We have many partners around greater Boston that accept certain donations such as books and other items. Talk with our customer service pros before you move.