If you have ever moved to another house, apartment or condo, you know that moving costs are calculated in two ways. If you are moving across a long distance, your cost is calculated by weight. If you are moving locally, the cost will probably be calculated at an hourly rate. Either way, the amount of stuff you have to move will determine the cost of the move. A frequently overlooked, yet vitally important, part of making a green move is how much stuff you are moving. Here is the rule: a lighter load leads to a greener move.
If the first step in making a greener move is to lighten the load, here are some helpful steps:
· think about what you have,
· think about what you need,
· identify what you don’t use,
· get rid of what will not fit the new home,
· go through all the boxes in storage and
· clean out every possible space.
The goal is to get rid of anything you don’t need. The first challenge (more of a challenge for some than for others) is to get over our attachment to our treasures. Once we accomplish this seemingly impossible task, it is time to sort and deliver. But what do you do with these treasures it is so hard to give up? Here are some thoughts and ideas.
Furniture. Take a good look at your furniture before the move. Is the item still useful? Is it in good enough condition to keep in your new home? Is there a place for it in your new home? Can it be saved by refinishing or reupholstering? If not, get rid of it before the move. Here are some of the best ways to dispose of furniture.
· If it is just past any kind of natural life, take it to the landfill or the dump.
· If it could do in a pinch, give it to charity. They can decide whether to work on it or give it away.
· If it is fairly good but will not fit in your new home, sell it.
· If it is valuable – vintage, antique, in excellent condition – sell it.
Selling furniture can be accomplished in several ways:
· Take it to a local auction house
· Contact a few used and antique furniture dealers
· Take it to a consignment store
· Sell it on eBay.com
· Advertise it on Craigslist.com
· Put it in a yard or garage sale
You can donate furniture to some of the following:
· Goodwill Industries
· The Salvation Army
· Local Religious Organizations
· Local Homeless Shelters
· Other local charitable organizations
Clothing and Household items. You can dispose of these items in many of the same ways. Consider the condition and decide whether to trash, donate or sell.
Books, music, CDs, DVDs. These are great items to sell or donate. Donation options also include schools, public libraries, day care centers, hospitals, shelters, rehab centers, etc. These items can also be sold or donated using Craigslist.com. If you have textbooks or other high-demand, high-quality books, you might want to try to sell them for a little extra cash. There are several ways to sell books: (1) take them to a used book dealer and take what is offered; (2) put them in a yard or garage sale; (3) open a dealer account (if you have a number of books) on eBay, Alibris or ABE Books and sell them individually; or (4) use www.BookScouter.com to find out who is interested in buying your used book and what each of 35 dealers is willing to pay for it.
You can make a little extra money for things you want to buy for your new home, help a worthy cause, or just get rid of stuff that’s in the way before you move. Keep in mind that there are many people who will be thrilled to have some of your overflow. Help someone and make your move greener by lightening the load.