Moving can be both a stressful and an expensive ordeal. You need to fix up your old place for its new residents, and make your new place feel like home. Then there are all of the old things that you don’t need anymore. Moving them would just be a waste of time and money, not to mention the space they will take up in your new home.
The best option is to get rid of these things before your move. Doing so will lessen the time needed to move as well as decrease the number of things you need to unpack when you get to your new home.
Here we will show you a few ways you can ethically get rid of your old things.
A garage sale would be the best way to get rid of your old possessions that you no longer need or want. It will also help put a little money in your pocket to help cover the cost of your move. A garage sale is great especially if you have a lot of other things to sell besides old furniture. It will however take some time to organize and advertise your garage sale. You should separate the furniture you are looking to get rid of and clean it up so they look as good as possible to potential buyers. You should then check around for what similar items are selling for to determine where to set your prices. You can also use online platforms like OfferUp, Nextdoor, or LetGo to increase exposure for you garage sale.
There may be some things that are still good but didn’t sell at your garage sale, or maybe you don’t want to bother with the planning and organization of a garage sale. In this case you can ask family and friends if they would like any of your old stuff. Take a few pictures of the things you want to get rid of and send them to people you know. It's likely that someone will be happy to take some of those things off your hands. Of course this option doesn’t bring in any money like a garage sale would but it is an easy way to make some unwanted stuff disappear.
There are many charity organizations out there that will take your unwanted items as donations, as long as they are still in good condition. There are plenty to choose from including The National Furniture Bank Association (NFBA), Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), The United Way, The Salvation Army, Donation Town, or Goodwill. There are likely many local options as well including churches, and in the Houston Area Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) or Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries (TEAM).
With these methods you should be able to get rid of anything that you don’t want to ensure that your move is as quick and easy as possible.