Preparation Tips

Tip: Decide What Items You Absolutely Have To Move

Written by David Johnson

An upcoming move can truly be a blessing in disguise when it comes to downsizing your possessions and getting rid of the dead weight.  One of the best ways to make your move lighter and easier is to decide what items you really need to relocate to your new home and what items you can leave behind.

Every time I move I always find myself saying “why do I still have this ____”.  Many of those items I haven’t even seen since the last time I moved.   This is the perfect time to finally get rid of all that extra stuff that you no longer need or use.  There are many ways to get rid of old clothes, toys, tools, and other random items.  Really it all comes down to how you want to thin out the clutter.

Do You Want To Make Money From Your Old Junk?

stuff to sell

I recommend making two separate piles for your items that you wish to leave behind: items that you want to sell and items that you want to give away for free or donate.  By doing this, you can help stay more organized and you can more easily deal with the mounds of old stuff you no longer want or need.

How To Sell Your Old Stuff and Make Some Money

Once you’ve made your two piles, you can then decide which route you want to take when it comes to trying to get a little money from them.  You have a few options such as a local pawn shop, ebay, craigslist listings, or garage sales.   A garage sale is a great way to get rid of a lot of your old stuff and I recommend this option first if you feel like you have enough stuff to sell.   After the garage sale, whatever items you have left unsold should go to the “donate” pile.

Donate The Rest For Charity Tax Exemptions!

donate to charity

As far as giving away or donating old clothes, toys, etc. goes, there are a few great options that work.  You can take your old stuff to a thrift shop such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army as a donation to the less needy, or find a local church group or charity to donate to as well.

Document Your Donation

Before you pack up all your stuff to donate though, you should take pictures of the items and make a list of all the items you have left.  That way, come tax season, you can write all of those things off as a charity tax exemption.  That way nothing goes to waste and you get to save money on your taxes!

I hope this moving tip helps you make a little extra money and get rid of all your unnecessary junk and clutter before your move!


About the author

David Johnson

I am a (former) professional mover and industry expert. I blog about the tips and tricks for moving your household and possessions safely and cheaply from A to B. I stay up to date on the moving industry odds and ends. Follow me and bookmark this site to make sure you don't spend more than you have to on your next move!


  • I need advice I’m moving from Adelaide to melbourne recently split up from a failed relationship I’m leaving him all my furniture and the cat as where I’m renting to which is interstate its hard to take a pet and the furniture is suit for a big house not a small flat I am however taking a small amount of stuff and need to find out if the stuff can travel with me eg plane coach or train

    • Hi Joanne,

      Thanks for checking out for tips on what to take with you on your move. Sorry to hear about having to move in that situation, but if you are traveling light you may be able to take your belongings with you via plane/train. If you have some extra stuff however, you can ship them for flat freight for pretty cheap. Here is a good website that can tell you a whole lot more specifically reguarding airline regulations and restrictions for cargo: Airline Baggage Restrictions. I wish you the best on your new beginning and hope you have a smooth move. Cheers!

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