A Moving Situation: What to Do With Stuff You Don’t Need Before the Move

July 11, 2019
Happy family moving into a new home

After Sorting

When moving, it’s essential to consider your new home’s space if it can accommodate your current household items. Likewise, it’s just as important to consider the cost of transporting these items, and if they’re even worth bringing or it’s best to buy replacements in your new place. If you’re reading this, then you’ve probably already finished sorting your household items, and personal belongings between two categories: (1) things you’ll need and will be bringing to your new home, and (2) things you don’t need and will have to get rid of before the move. Today, we’ll be talking about the latter, and what your options are in getting rid of them before the move.


There is no shortage of ways for you to sell items you no longer need, and the proceeds from selling can go a long way in helping you out with the move and settling into your new place. You have the option to sell your items through the usual garage sale or have them posted for sale online through apps, social media, and online selling sites. You can also have them sold in flea markets and consignment shops. For books you no longer need; many used bookstores are willing to buy or exchange slightly-worn books. It’s even possible that the amount you get from selling can cover the cost of your moving van rental or when hiring a moving company to transport your belongings.


For items in good condition that you don’t wish to sell or throw away, you always have the option to give them away. You can always donate clothing, appliances, and furniture to friends and family, and perhaps even treasured trinkets that you wish to ‘stay in the family’. Other people would even ‘bribe’ their friends to help them with packing up and moving by allowing them to choose items that they can keep for themselves, which can save you a lot of money as opposed to hiring professional packers.

woman handing over a box of clothes to another person


From old clothes to furniture, books and appliances, computers and even kitchenware, you can donate almost anything to schools, community centers, shelters, and non-profit agencies. Donating is an excellent way to give back to the community you grew in, and also saves you the trouble of having to figure out what to do with these items.

Storing or Safekeeping

There will be items that are too valuable to give away, items that you prefer to sell but haven’t found the right buyer or offer, and items that you simply haven’t decided on what to do yet. For these items, you can ask a friend or relative if you can these items stored and kept safe in their homes, or better yet, you can check around for storage units before your move out of Marietta, GA where you can safely store these items. If you do opt to use a storage unit, just make sure that you pick one that’s secure especially if the items you’re storing are valuable — it would be a good idea to choose a storage facility that’s accessible and has 24/7 onsite security.


The process of moving can be quite stressful, which is why it’s essential to take note of any advice and options you have to make the whole process a little easier. Hopefully, with these options laid out for you, it would be easier for you to manage what to do with the stuff you’ll no longer be bringing along for the move.

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