Waiting until your household goods have arrived at your new home is not the best time to decide you need to declutter. In fact, the top Bay Area moving companies all agree that the best time to take care of decluttering your home is before the moving truck arrives to help you pack and load up. If you are moving into a smaller home, the need to declutter becomes even more important.
Getting Things Sorted Out
The first step in decluttering is to go through all closets, cupboards, rooms, the basement, the attic, the garage, and anywhere else you have “stuff” stored. As a rule of thumb, if you haven’t seen or used an item in months, it’s time for it to find a new home. But, keep in mind this doesn’t mean you need to rent a dumpster. The old adage, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure ” applies to these items.
What to Do with Your Excess
There are several ways for you to get rid of your excess items instead of throwing them away. Among these are:
- Family – if you any family heirlooms, consider passing them onto another member of your family. It could be your kids, grandkids, siblings, cousins, or any other member of the family who would like the items in question.
- Selling the items – you can also have a yard sale, place some of the things in a consignment store, or list them on eBay. This is an excellent way to make a little extra cash, just don’t expect to get full value for your stuff.
- Donating the excess – there are many churches, homeless shelters, men’s and women’s shelter who are all willing to take your excess and use it to help those in need. You can also donate to organizations like the Red Cross, Goodwill, or St. Vincent De Paul. Some of these organizations do have limits as to what they take. They may not take things like baby clothes, electronics, appliances, or beds.
Bay area moving companies like NCMSS recommend you call ahead to see what your choice of charity will take and what they won’t. There are many places to donate your excess, and many moving companies will help you deliver your items to your choice of charity.
If you are looking for one of the best Bay Area moving companies, contact NC Moving & Storage Solutions at (510) 200-0370 and let our experts help ensure your next move is stress-free.