Downsizing Before You Move

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To eliminate costs and improve the organization of your new home it is always a good idea to downsize before your move. In other words, you can eliminate the things that you haven’t used in a long time or don’t need anymore, so that you do not have to move them. The best way to downsize is to make three piles of items as you pack. First, make a pile for trash, which includes broken and dated items that no one wants. Even charity organizations like Goodwill and the Salvation Army will not accept broken or stained items, or items that are outdated to the point where they have no practical use to anyone anymore. Second, make pile for donations, which includes gently used items such as furniture that is in good condition and clothing that you have not worn in a year or more or does not fit anymore. If you have enough items, many charity organizations will pick up your donations in order to save you time. The last pile is for valuable items that you do not want or need anymore and can sell quickly online, at a consignment store or in a garage sale. By selling these items, you can make a little money to help cover some of your moving costs. Selling your items is easy in the Internet age because websites like Craigslist provide a virtual market for quick deals and you don’t even have to leave your house.

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