Moving to a new home can be a wonderful opportunity to take stock of your life and make a fresh start. What better way to do that than to get rid of the things you no longer need or use. Not only will it save you time and energy, not to mention the cost of transporting it, but it will also give you a new outlook on life too. Donating the things you no longer need can also give you a little boost as you are doing something for someone else. The big question remains: which items should you donate and which items should you take with you? Follow these simple guidelines to declutter your life and get a fresh start in your new home:
Which Items Should You Donate?
If getting rid of items is difficult for you, the thought of parting with your precious belongings can be a little frightening. That’s why you need to start slow and begin to weed out things before the actual moving day. Set aside a place for the following items and target them for donation:
- Unused Items: If you haven’t used an item for six months to a year, and it’s not a seasonal item, place it in the donate pile.
- Duplicates: Go through your kitchen cabinets or your gardening supplies and sort out duplicates. That great saute pan or fancy can opener may be in great condition, but you really don’t need two of them. Set duplicates aside to donate to someone who can put it to good use. Work your way through closets or other areas of your home.
- Electronics: If you are like most people, you probably have a supply of outdated or no longer used electronics tucked away in the attic or basement. Computers and game systems are always in demand at places like Goodwill that refurbishes them for those in need.
- Linens and Household Items: If you are overrun with hoards of linens, like those sheets that no longer fit the beds you now own, or those mismatched dishes you used when you were first married, now is the time to donate them to a homeless or women’s shelter.
- Furniture: Consider which pieces of furniture you will likely use in your new home. If the sofa is too big or if your kid’s old beds aren’t likely to make it as far as the new basement, donate them now and avoid the fuss of trying to transport them to your new home.
What Should You Do with Broken Items and Trash?
Your home probably has its share of useless, broken items that you always intended to fix. While some of them, like broken appliances or electronics, can be recycled and repaired for others to use, much of it is ready for the trash. That’s where we can help you.
At Debris Box, we can provide you with a dumpster that’s the right size for your needs and haul it all away when you are through.