So, you’ve bought a new house and your moving date is set. Or you want to sell your house, but it is hard to see through all the stuff. Now is the perfect time to lose the junk and pare down to your essentials. Here are some tips for lightening the load and getting organized fast.
Sort it out. Organize items into different piles.
- Broken and/or unsightly items
- Duplicate items
- Stuff you haven’t used in year.
Decide where everything goes.
- Can you sell it or donate it?
- Can it be recycled?
- What is the safest way to dispose of item: i.e. old electronics, hazardous materials, prescription drugs, etc.
Recycling Old Electronics
What do you do with that old flip phone or gigantic tube TV? Best Buy has a great recycling program for old electronics. You can either drop it off or have them come pick it up for a fee.
Do you just want to trade up to the new iPhone? Best Buy will also buy back old smartphones, saving you some money on your upgrade.
No time or energy for a garage sale? Take in your gently used kids stuff to the local Goodwill or Salvation Army or resell it at a consignment shop like Once upon a Child.
In the new age of Kindles and iPads, stockpiling extra books and piles of magazines has gone out of fashion. Local hospitals, nursing homes, community centers may appreciate your old magazines and certain books. However, there are several websites online to help you gets those old books out the door. Check out Cash4Books or Discover Books online.
Remember — out with the old and in with the new!