Last time we started discussing about an important step you need to take when deciding to move. And that is the minimization of your possessions. Next to all the weight that moving puts on you, you need to lighten your shoulders as much as possible. Especially when the move is oriented towards Beverly Hills. Then not only do you need to de-clutter, but also make that effort profitable.
How best to dispose of clutter piles
Now that you’ve gone and categorized all of your stuff, you’ve got a pretty good idea of the things you no longer need. And this is very good. But now comes the challenging part of it all – getting rid of those things. Well, luckily, you have several options at your disposal. So all you need to do is read through the following tips and then decide how to go about doing it.
First choice: Sell you things
No need to overthink here – it’s really simple. Selling your things not only saves you money but also earns you money which you more than need for selling costs. Now, you can’t go and sell just about anything you’ve got. Certain criteria needs to be met:
- To begin with, the items need to be still usable and in working order
- Next, presentation ups the price, so make sure that you clean everything nicely and neatly.
- Finally, make sure to estimate the stuff realistically – worth combined with the effort put into them.
Okay, since we’ve got that part covered, it’s time to look into the best option on how to sell all that clutter.
Selling your things online.
The Web can be considered the most popular and wide-spread channel of marketing and commerce. So it is crucial that you take advantage of it. However, you will need to consider several factors before being able to do so. For starters, you need to make sure how much time you have to sell out everything:
- Short time frame (less than two months). In this case the best way would be going with auction sales. Clean up the items, put a picture of them and a limited time for biding for them. You should be aware that this is the more risky option, seeing that you can get a very small amount of cash for certain things if there are not enough interested people. So you need to find an auction-type website with a large enough populace.
- Long time frame (two months or more). Here it’s less stressful, seeing that you have enough time to put a price tag and wait. But there are always steps you need to follow. This is where popular websites such as Ebay, Amazon and Craigslist come in really hand. Of course, you are always welcome to use any popular local sites if you’re looking to save on shipping costs.
Once again, be sure that the items have been cleaned up and photographed well. Also, don’t count that photos by themselves will be enough to sell. You need to provide background information about the things you want other people to pay for. And when you do, make sure not to be as honest as possible, given that lying will only get you so far. This way you’ll make sure that you get the best possible prices in no time.
De-clutter with a garage sale
In case you’re in a real bind with time, this is the option to go with. Garage/yard sales are a direct easy selling method. Basically, all you need to consider is timing and people. Pick out a sunny day (preferably Saturday) to spread out all of you stuff in an organized manner. Make sure that you advertise to your neighborhood and co-workers to get the best outcome possible. Put a smile on your face and start as early as possible to catch that morning rush. That will also leave more time for everything to find a buyer by the end of day. And also make sure to get any permit (if required) from the local authorities.
Second option: Gift the stuff to friends and family
Making money is important, but nothing comes close to making the people you care for happy. Consider whether any of your possessions has the attention of your friends. And then consider how gifting that antique lamp or arm-chair might put a smile on your friends face. It’s good to sell to someone, but even better to give away to someone who you know will appreciate it. And the best thing is that this would be a win-win option. You de-clutter, saving space and moving costs, while at the same time showing your friends how much you care.
Third option: Give away items to charity
You’ve already set your mind to move – a new beginning. So why not make that first step a noble one? And what better way to do that than take all that stuff you no longer need and donate it. Just think about how many people don’t have a roof over their head, or are unable to afford better housing. And then consider how much your old coffee table or clothing and toys that you’ve outgrown could mean to those less fortunate. So look into your local charitable organizations and give them a call. Some might even be willing to come by and pick up the thing you want to donate. And what better way to leave you mark on the community that you’re leaving behind.
Fourth option: Be eco-friendly and recycle
And here we are at the end of the day – you’ve sold, gifted or donated all that you could. But what about the clutter that is not deemed usable and in bad condition? Do you simply throw it all away? Well, kind of, but why not in an environmentally-conscious manner. Whatever can be recycled, do just that. Look up the best ways of recycling the material you have, find a recycling center near you and dispose of all those things in the best way possible.