3 Ways To Get Rid Of Unwanted Household Items

3 Ways To Get Rid Of Unwanted Household Items

Do you really have to move all your household items to your new home?

Are you sure you’re not paying the moving company you hire to help you move unwanted clutter?

Lets face it, some of your household items shouldn’t even make it to the moving truck. Items like your old broken guitar, old washing machine, half broken piano, the old gas cooker your wife’s grandma gave her, and the old school box where you like hiding some of your cash – the list is endless.

Don’t pay a cent to move items you no longer need. Just get rid of them.

How To Get Rid Of Household Items You No Longer Need

1. Sell, Sell, Sell!!!

Selling household items you no longer need prior to a move has two key benefits.

Firstly, it is one of the easiest ways you can raise some of the cash you need for moving. Secondly, it helps you to cut your moving cost since you’re only moving fewer household items after selling the ones you no longer need.

Here are some of the ways you can sell household items you no longer need:

Garage sale

You can have a garage sale to sell some of your belongings at your convenient time and make some extra cash before moving.

Here is a simple checklist you can use for organizing a garage sale:

Photo by bobnrenee @ Flickr / CC BY
Having a yard sale is one of the easiest ways to get rid of unwanted household items. Photo by bobnrenee @ Flickr / CC BY
  • Make up your mind about what you intend to sell
  • Gather items for sale
  • Take inventory
  • Price the items
  • Label the items
  • Obtain a permit if its required in your area
  • Set a date and time for your sale
  • Choose a location for your sale
  • Advertise your sale
  • Make signs a few days before the sale
  • Post the signs around your neighborhood
  • Make your sale as big as possible

Sell on Craigslist

Almost anyone can sell something on Craigslist, but to get the most out of your unwanted household items you need a smart plan. It is simple – all you need is a mix of awesome photos, a fair price and a witty advertisement. Here is a simple guide on how to sell on Craigslist:

  • Plan and research the item you intend to sell
  • Price your item
  • Take photos (You can post up to four)
  • Write a clear headline for the advertisement
  • Write a good description of each item

Sell using Apps

Sell your household items quicker and easier with your smartphone.

According to Pew Research Center “64% of American adults now own a smartphone of some kind, up from 35% in the spring of 2011.

With so many smartphone users, you can reach as many people as possible on the internet and sell your old household items easily. There are several smartphone apps you can take advantage of to sell your household items. One of such is OfferUp, a free app on iOS and Android that allows users to list household items online. See the top 5 yard sale mobile apps for having a successful sale online.

2. Donate

You can put a bright smile on someone’s face by donating some of your household items to them.  You can’t sell every item you no longer need and you can’t move them to your new home either. But you can cut your moving costs and reduce your workload by simply helping others through donation.

Here are some of the items you should consider donating before moving:

  • Baby items and old toys
  • Sturdy furniture
  • Food
  • Tools and accessories
  • Outdated shoes and clothes
  • Kitchenware
  • Books
  • Bedding

Here are some of the best places you can donate such used items before moving:

  • Furniture
    Don’t pay any moving company to move items you no longer need. Donate generously!

    Homeless shelters

  • Food banks
  • Hospitals
  • Churches
  • Orphanages
  • Libraries
  • Schools
  • Daycare centers
  • Furniture banks and
  • Senior centers

However, if you intend to donate to good charities, here is a list of some national charities you should consider:

3. Give to friends and family

Some of your friends and family members will be more than happy to have some of your old appliances, furniture or toys for their kids. Once you make up your mind on what you’re not moving, make a list of friends and family members you believe one or more of such items would be useful for.

If possible, take the items down to their house and hand it to them or simply invite them to your house to pick it up. The items will serve as a souvenir of your value in their lives long after your moving.

Also, you may invite some of your friends and family members to help you out while you’re moving. Don’t expect all of them to show up. But you can compensate the ones who show up by giving them some of household items you no longer need.

Once your unwanted household items and clutters are out of the way,  you can hire a moving company to help you move. We can connect you to licensed and BBB rated moving companies near you, and provide up to six free moving quotes so you can compare costs. But there is so much more you can get, watch this video to find out: