What to do With Household items You Don't Want to Move


While the beckon of everything pumpkin spice sparks the beginning of autumn, it's a reminder that this is the best time of year to purge your home of unwanted items. Regardless of whether or not you intend to move any time soon, you still have to live in your home, so it should be the happiest place you can make it.

While our belongings can bring us great joy, having too many possessions in our home can bring us frustration, depression, the potential for accidents, hiding places for vermin, and general emotional blight. So, the rewards of eliminating too many possessions can be significant.

The question is, how can a person process and distribute items which they no longer use? Here are some suggestions for getting rid of those items you no longer want. Note here that your choices will be somewhat dictated by the amount of time and energy you’re willing to devote to certain things.

Donation vs. throwing away

Donation can be a little bit tricky. You don’t want to use a donation charity as a means to rid yourself of trash. If your vacuum cleaner is missing a wheel, for example, don’t donate it to charity, as they’ll have to turn around and throw it away. Your options are to either replace the missing wheel, find someone who is willing to take the vacuum and replace the wheel themselves or throw the vacuum away. Remember what we said about how much effort you’re ready to invest in getting rid of items? That broken vacuum can be hauled to the curb during bulk trash pickup.


There are several different places you can take items to recycle, including appliances, electronics, and other things. We will have another blog on this topic soon.

Give away to friends and family

The most effective way to ask friends or family if they are interested in an item is to tell them they’re welcome to it. Some ineffective ways to offer it to them is to say how much money you paid for it, how adorable it is, how badly you need to get it out of your house, or some other guilt trip tactic. If you offer someone a sofa and its filthy, broken, or has an odor, you’re not helping that person, only yourself.

Turning a family member’s new home into your donation center isn’t an act of kindness. After all, Early American Yard Sale is not a decorating theme you want to foist off on the people you love.


Offer Up, Swip Swap, Craigslist, eBay, and other sales websites can put you in touch with people who want the items you no longer need. Or, you can hold a garage sale on one or more weekends. Once again, consider the amount of time and effort you’re going to have to put into the selling of the item to determine whether or not it’s worth it.

Regardless of whether or not you need the help of a Phoenix-based moving company, having your home cleared of items you no longer want will bring simplification and a positive feeling in your home.

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