As you prepare for your next move, you will inevitably find some items that you don’t want to keep. Instead of packing those items and taking them to your new home, use this opportunity to downsize. Follow these three downsizing options to eliminate clutter and make your move easier.

Give Gently Used Items to Friends and Family Members

You may not want to keep some of the things that you unearth in your basement, but someone you know might find them useful. Some gently used items that friends and family members might want include:

  • Nursery Furniture
  • Books and music
  • Clothes for kids or adults
  • Dishes, glasses, and cutlery

Make a list of what you want to give away and include it in an email to people who might want to take these items. You’ll help someone close to you while removing unwanted things from your life.

Sell Unwanted Items Online

Even after giving away items to close friends and family members, you may still have some things left over. Try to sell them online through websites like:

Popular websites help you reach a large number of potential buyers. The more people who see your listings, the more likely it is that someone will buy things from you.

If you have any valuable items you want to sell, try using an antique dealer or consignment shop that will do most of the work. Professional dealers should know how to price valuables appropriately so you make more money from your sales.

Donate Items to a Charity

If you still have items that you don’t want to take to your new home, you should donate them to charities that do good work. You can learn more about the reputations of charities in your area by researching them on websites like:

Keep in mind that some charitable organizations will accept certain items that have been heavily used. For instance, your local chapter of the Humane Society may want blankets and towels even if they have holes and stains. When in doubt, contact one of your favorite nonprofits and ask what it needs.

Turn your next move into an opportunity to purge your life of items that you don’t need or want. With a little effort, you can help other people, earn some money and make your move as easy as possible.

Stay tuned to for more tips and tricks for your next move.