Friday, November 6, 2009

Quick Tip: Scale Back BEFORE Moving

Packing is an opportunity to purge (things, that is). Don’t just throw everything in boxes and think you’ll sort it later. Take the time to sort through your belongings and ask yourself questions like:
  • How often do I use or wear this?
  • What sentimental value does this actually have?
  • Can I live without this?
  • For what purpose am I saving this?

Make two piles: one for trash and one for Goodwill. Keep in mind Goodwill doesn’t need your garbage, but for clothing and household items in good condition or better, you can receive a tax deduction.

Also, you may want to consider a resale shop if you have any gently used clothing that still looks new (and is still in style). I’ve had some success there – especially with brand name items. It’s a good way to make a few extra bucks.


  1. DD, I read this article and it made me think of this post. De-cluttering is really a pain, but it's so nice once it's done!

  2. I'll bet you had a great "Project Manager" assisting with the job! My favorite part is trying the furniture in different positions. Placing the couch on every wall, the table at different angles, and lamps-the small ones, large ones, etc. You just have to be careful not to annoy the muscle behind the job.