Where to put your stuff?
Experts suggest puting 30% of your things in storage when preparing your home for sale. This is unpractical for most people. But, it does pay to make your home look spacious and as uncluttered as possible. Not sure what to do with everything? Once you have sorted through all your stuff separate them into 4 piles and get to work:
Store it: Family and friends that have room in their basement or garage is your cheapest alternative. There may be public storage facilities located nearby as well.
Sell it: Have a moving sale. Advertise on Kijiji or Craigslist. You’ll be surprised by how easy it is to sell your stuff online! You can also place an ad in the local paper or stick a few notices around the neighbourhood. Garage sales also work really well for getting rid of a lot at once and turning it into cash!
Give it away: Many non-profit organizations accept used items such as furniture and clothes. Some will even do the heavy lifting for you and pick them up.
Dump it: As a last resort and sometimes the best place for an item is your front lawn, where passers by will pick them up or they will be picked up by the regularly scheduled pick up for your city. Also you can take items to your local garbage dump, metal scrap yards and recycling depots.
Hopefully I have given you a few ideas to help you in getting rid of some of your stuff. When it comes time to selling your home and subsequently moving it is a good time to go through everything you own and really purge. Do you really need to hang onto those itesm you haven’t used for years? If not, get rid of it. You’ll feel lighter, be less stressed with less stuff to move and if you end up selling some of your things you’ll have turned “your stuff” into cash!
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