If you are about to move you may feel a bit uneasy. After all moves are often stressful and time-consuming. Did we mention they also tend to cost you? This is not necessarily a lot, but it would be nice if you could save a bit, right? Well, we are here to help you do that by decluttering!
Now, you may be wondering why a professional Chicago moving company would tell you how to pay less money for their services. Isn’t that going to hurt them or even put them out of business? Actually, no! Our first and foremost mission is to help you. And we know that people do not like spending a lot on moving. So go ahead and declutter, then give us a call and we will move the rest. You win, we win. But let’s get to the tips!
Pre-tip: Inventory Check
Before you can act on any of our tips below, you will have to consider what items are unnecessary around your home. And you cannot do that without conducting an inventory check. So go around your place and write down everything you do not want or need. Then go ahead with our tips!
IMPORTANT: Don’t just throw things out. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
Tip #1: Ask Your Friends
Invite your friends over and ask them if they would want anything that you don’t. You’d be surprised how many people may need the items you want to throw out! There are weird circumstances when a cracked vase may come useful. Or that old-looking dress may actually be suitable for the local amateur theater your friend is playing at.
Tip #2: Throw A Garage Sale (Or Sell On Craigslist)
Depending on where you live, you can have a garage sale. That way you can make some quick buck to offset the cost of moving, but you will also be ridding yourself of unnecessary items.
Even if you are not comfortable with a sale, you can just put the items on Craigslist and try your luck there. Or you can do both for maximum efficiency!
Tip #3: Donate
If the things you don’t need are in good condition, you should consider donating them. Provided your friends don’t want them either, you can always go with a local charity. Clothes, kitchen utilities and similar useful items are always welcome. Books may also be great for the local library, magazines are so-so, while some other things may be completely useless, so don’t just throw junk at random charities.
Tip #4: Repurpose
If you like arts and crafts, you may be able to find some nice DIY tutorials featuring your most unwanted items. If you can repurpose them, that is a great way to add some flare to your home and improve your craft skills.
Tip #5: Just Throw Out
At the end of the day, if you have a lot of junk that no one wants, it is perfectly okay to throw it out. Don’t just keep it, because you’ve bought it or because, you know, it has history. If it is nothing of value (like that old video tape player that has been broken for a decade), you should just throw it out.