Moving is an ideal time to streamline your belongings and get rid of some of that unwanted clutter.


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Clear out clutter

Your big move is an ideal time to streamline your belongings and get rid of some of that unwanted clutter you've been meaning to sort out for weeks. It could be an accumulation of months or even years' of hoarding stuff, but there is really no reason to keep on storing things you never use.

Reconsider whether you need to take kitchen items which never see the light of day, or hard-to-move things like the kids' broken bicycles which you never got around to fixing.

Once you start packing you'll inevitably come across things you've put away and don't use any more, as well as things you don't want any more or which you know won't be suitable for your new home.

Allow yourself plenty of time to get rid of them, rather than trying to offload them at your local charity shop on the day of the move. You'll have far more important things to do on that day.

Ask your buyer if they are interested in purchasing any of the items you want to get rid of, like pieces of furniture which just won't go in your new home or that are still in good condition but you are tired of.

First-time buyers in particular may have few household items of their own and would welcome the chance to buy such goods at a reasonable price.

Tip: Check out local second hand shops and dealers. If you insist, most will pick up items from you.

Your local resources

Most local authorities provide recycling banks and other facilities in easily accessible places such as street sites, supermarket carparks and civic amenity sites. Their aim is to make it as easy as possible for you to recycle your waste without having to make a special car journey.

As an alternative, some local authorities offer kerbside collection schemes. Each householder is provided with a special container along with the normal dustbin bag or wheelie bin.

Householders fill the container with clean, sorted recyclable material such as glass, aluminium and plastic. The containers are then collected and the sorted waste is sent for recycling.

Tip: Find out about the recycling facilities in your area.

Donating to charity
Just because something is of no use to you doesn't mean that someone else has no need for it! Clothing, small household items, books, magazines and toys can be donated to local charity shops and sold on for a good cause. Other outlets are jumble sales, school fetes and car boot sales.

Some charities and housing associations welcome larger pieces of furniture and well-functioning electrical goods. If the furniture is in need of repair check if the charity has its own renovation workshop, otherwise it might not be able to accept your donation. Your local Citizen's Advice Bureau or your council's voluntary services department will be able to advise you on who might take such items.

Tip: Don't use charities as a place to off-load your rubbish. If you have things which are only fit for the tip, ask your local authority about disposal.

Some useful links

Things to do before storing
Moving guide

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