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Cleaning up before you relocate makes sense and it’s a very important step before you move. One of the main raisons to declutter is that you will have fewer things you need to transport to your new home, saving you time and money.

Start before getting a moving quote
Have a long, hard think about which things can be disposed of before getting a moving quote. The moving company will need to have an accurate idea of how much to charge for shipping the items that you want to bring with you. It can be annoying getting a higher quote than expected and having to identify which items can be disposed of from scratch.

Don’t let your heart wins and be realistic
When you begin to clean up before you relocate, gaze at those items gathering dust in boxes in the cupboard. Think about the last time they were used, have you used them in the last year? If this is also going to be the case going forward into your new home then it may be a good time to get let go.
Not being excessively sentimental is easier said than done but shipping costs and space considerations in your new home are also important factors to consider. If it’s truly too difficult to part with a large item, consider gifting it to a friend or family member. You’ll be safe in the knowledge that it is going to a good home. Alternatively, place them in a secure storage facility for safe keeping if you’re planning to come back in the near future.

Some ideas to get extra money
To make some extra cash for the move, consider selling items. It’s easier now than ever with the variety of options available. If selling online, consider using a website such as Ebay, or the different local selling groups or market places on Facebook.
To sell in person most areas have regular car boot sales or you could set up a Facebook event.

Think about donate
The charity field is a busy space and really it is up to the person selling to choose which they have a personal affinity with. You could phone nearby charity shops and asking if there are particular items which they are desperate for.  It may also be worth identifying if they come and do collections, especially if you have a lot of items or heavy items.

Items to be recycled or thrown away
Take those items which aren’t wanted for sale or donation to your local recycling centre. You might need a car to dispose bulky items or it might be necessary to pay the council a fee to have them collected.To clean up before you move may be a long and hard process, following these tips should help make it easier and leave you in a situation to concentrate on what really matters – the next adventure!


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