Most people feel like they could use more space and almost everyone can create some in their home simply by moving a few extra items. Simultaneously, no one likes to simply throw things out or waste things they could be recouping value on.
When you move, you need to maximize the space of your moving truck, as well as maximize the space in your new home. To do so, you have two main options – get rid of your stuff or get better storage.
The most foolproof way to create more space in your home is to get rid of the stuff that takes up that space and that you no longer use. No one wants to waste something they can put to better use, though. Two great options that are available to prospective home organizers are donating or selling items they don't use.
Certain things are much easier and much more rewarding to donate rather than sell. One of the most obvious examples is clothes. In cities with cold climates, winter clothing like coats, sweaters and warm pants can be especially valuable to those in need.
Socks are also great to donate. They help prevent frostbite in cold weather climates and are so seldom donated to most charities and shelters that they're always in demand. Surplus blankets can take up plenty of closet space and would make a great charitable donation as well.
Donating excess items is a great option for anyone with a busy schedule. Giving certain things to charity is usually much simpler and quicker than selling them. Many charities like the Salvation Army even offer free pickup of certain donations. Depending on where you live, a local charity might offer similar pickup services. No matter where you live, though, there's likely to be a Habitat for Humanity ReStore which would be happy to accept your donations. And of course, don't forget to ask if you can use the donation for tax credits.
Donating excess items feels great, but turning those items into cash isn't a bad idea, either. Some of that cash could help cover moving (or storage) expenses!
Mass-produced, “one size fits all" items like CDs, DVDs, books and video games are some of the easiest things to sell. Most of these items can be listed on eBay, Amazon, Half.com or other similar sites and quickly receive attention from prospective buyers. Busier prospective sellers can get rid of items in bulk on sites like DeCluttr or SecondSpin.
For more valuable and more unique items like furniture, a simple Craigslist post can often garner a significant amount of attention, but more specific sites like AptDeco are around that help out with some other parts of selling furniture. A virtual Craigslist “garage sale" can help you get rid of other things in your home, some you might not have even known would interest people.
As good as “getting rid of everything" sounds, it's not the best option for every item. Certain things have sentimental value and letting go can be difficult. But there's almost always an opportunity to get more out of the space you have or find additional space that works for you.
Organizational systems and the right containers go a long way. Keeping your moving boxes (or buying new ones) can help you maximize all the volume in the storage space in your home.
One great way to create more space in your home is to buy furniture with built-in storage. A coffee table with storage space inside can create space in the living room, and a Murphy bed can do the same in the bedroom.
Outside storage may seem too expensive or too time-consuming to use, but there are plenty of options available for whatever your unique needs may be. From self-storage and full-service storage to startups like MakeSpace and hybrid solutions like PODS, there's any number of ways you can safely and affordably store your items until you're ready to use them again.