Moving house provides the perfect opportunity to do that spring clean that you tell yourself you are going to do year after year. Spending some time removing unwanted or unnecessary household items will help ease the pressure of the big day.
Detaching yourself from unnecessary household items will not only help to take the stress out of moving house, it can also help to generate money to spend on items for your new home. Without even knowing, you could have a treasure trove just waiting to be discovered.
These are the top 5 household items you need to consider leaving behind if you are planning a move.
Before moving into your new home, it is important to map out the floor plan to determine if it will accommodate your existing and new furniture. Often people don’t realise they own an abundance of furniture until they have made their move and then realise their furniture pieces fail to fit into the new space.
It is important to think carefully about what is worth keeping and what is worth selling. Due to size, furniture is not the most convenient or budget-friendly household item to move. If you find that there are a couple pieces that you have lukewarm feelings towards or that will not fit, why not sell them to a new owner? As the saying goes – “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
In this digital day and age, there are plenty of online local marketplaces that make it easy to buy and sell pre-loved goods. We recommend that you start planning well in advance, around 1-2 months prior to your move. This will allow you time to get organised and make the decision to sell those pieces of furniture that are gathering dust.
Old Technology Devices
It doesn’t take much for old technology devices like mobile phones, remote controls, and cables to multiply. Set aside an afternoon to go through that cupboard of miscellaneous items to determine which ones you do and don’t use. Whether it is an old camera cord or a charger to a Nokia 3310, it is the perfect time to part with obsolete clutter. You should only be making the transition into your new home with the tech items you currently need.
However, before you begin to dispose of your old phones, cables, and cords, it is important to note that these items can be turned into cash. Online marketplaces like eBay have a huge demand for gadgets and technology, so be sure to check first to see if there is money to be made from your unwanted items.
If you are in need of some more decluttering guidance before embarking on a clothing cull, try this technique prior to your move:
- Step 1: Hang your clothes on hangers facing one direction,
- Step 2: When you wear a particular item, put it back with the hanger facing the opposite direction
- Step 3: At the end of your chosen time frame (be it a season or even a whole year) any clothing facing the original direction have not been worn. This should help finalise your decision on the items you need to part with.
When packing up to move house, it is amazing how many little trinkets and jewellery pieces, which may have been forgotten about, are rediscovered. Perhaps these pieces are old family heirlooms or simply items you no longer wear. Whatever the reason – there are simple methods to sell jewellery.
Before moving day, decide which pieces you want to keep and pack those away safely. If you have a piece that is especially precious or valuable, think about giving it to a friend or family member to mind while the move is in progress. This will ensure nothing is misplaced in the hustle and bustle of the move.
For those pieces you decide to sell, take them to a jeweller beforehand to ensure you have the most accurate details and value. This will give you the best opportunity to sell these items for the most profit with absolute confidence.
Bottles, Containers, and Jars
Do you plan to make a conscious effort to declutter before moving day? If so, do not be alarmed when you notice the amount of opened items, which may have accumulated in your home. This can apply to household items such as open jars of food, half used bottles of foundation or tubes of toothpaste.
You may not be aware, but just like food, bathroom and cosmetic products have a use-by date. If you are unsure how long something has been sitting in your house, it is best to dispose of it for peace of mind. Consider the same rule of thumb when cleaning out your refrigerator before moving day. It is important to keep in mind that your refrigerator will be out of use for a number of hours during the moving process.
Now that you are familiar with the household items holding you back, you should be feeling confident and well on your way to making a start on the rewarding task of decluttering.
Through understanding the items you own, the items you can sell, and the items you should throw away – you will be saving yourself time and money in the long-run.
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