Ayla PR Representative at Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
Sometimes it can be hard to let go of old furniture, clothes, etc., but moving often calls for some sacrifices, especially if you're moving into a smaller dwelling with less closet room. Keep in mind that the more you are able to get rid of, the less you have to pay for a mover to relocate it.
Old or damaged furniture are prime considerations for the 'go' pile. If it is in decent condition, organizations like goodwill will accept donated furniture. If not, arrangements should be made for haul away. Also, you should consider if the furniture will fit in your new home (see our last blog in the link below). The other link is to a nation-wide organization that picks up your furniture for free and drops it off at local charities.
Out-dated clothing is something we all have lingering in the backs of our closets whether its that paisley shirt or a sweater from last season. If it is something you haven't worn in six months or more, it should go. Anything that has been torn (that isn't meant to be) should also be put in the 'go' pile. Like furniture, anything that is in good condition can be donated. Ladies, you may also want to have a second opinion. Have a girlfriend come over to help you sort through your closet and help you decide what can go. She can also get first dibs on anything you decide to get rid of!
Anything in your home that has no sentimental value and isn't frequently used should be considered for the 'go' pile. This can include almost anything; books, old Christmas lights and other decorations, paperwork, china sets, treadmills and exercise equipment, old technology, your kid's old toys, cans of paint, etc.
Staples and Best Buy both offer technology recycling at their locations. Books can be recycled by your curb-side garbage men or be donated. Old paint and chemicals can be recycled at Under the Sink (http://www.underthesink.org/). Toys can be donated to Goodwill or Salvation Army. Other items may be given to family and friends. For some things you may want to make a trip to the dump or rent a dumpster.