Purged Your Home - Now What?

You Purged Your Home – Now What? Get Rid of Purged Items With These Tips

You Purged Your Home - Now What? Get Rid of Purged Items With These Tips
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You Purged Your Home – Now What? Get Rid of Purged Items With These Tips

A few weeks ago, I talked about purging as a way to organize your small living space. After you've purged your home – your closets, extra bedrooms, pantries, and basement – you'll need somewhere to put all of the stuff. Otherwise it'll take up space somewhere and continue to wreak havoc on your sanity.

When my husband and I made our big move, we needed to unload a lot of our stuff. A garage sale is an obvious choice. Why not try to make a little money by selling your stuff? Well… While it helped us sell our living room furniture, it was a bust for just about everything else.

So, what did we do? We only had a few days to figure it out. With more time, I'm sure we would have done better on the intake front but it is what it is.

So, I went on Facebook and posted pictures of our big furniture: our beautiful dining room table set for eight that we hardly ever used, our comfy TV room recliner set for four that still hadn't been broken in yet, our gun safe on which we had spent a small fortune getting it delivered. Those were our big ticket items for which come hell or high water we were going to take with us to Alaska if we couldn't get a good price.

And with some divine intervention, I'm sure, we sold our big stuff for the prices we wanted.

It's amazing how quickly word of mouth works on Facebook. Only one of our big items was purchased by a direct friend.

It's hard to part with stuff you spent a small fortune on when people try to nickel and dime you at a garage sale. It doesn't make you feel good at all when they offer $100 for something that is still a steal at $500. When all of your furniture is in like-new condition and people are offering low-ball prices. Come on! Right?

For us, Facebook was awesome.

And the stuff we couldn't get rid of in such little time? Well, we had to donate it or set it out for free. There are many places that take donations. There is the Salvation Army, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, local charities…

But the place I found was PickUpPlease. It's a veteran organization that allows you to schedule a pickup via their website. They'll take small stuff and they'll take big stuff. I scheduled the pickup and sure enough, they came as expected and took all of the boxes and miscellaneous items we had set out on the porch for them.

If you're not in a big hurry to get rid of your stuff, you know, if you're not relocating to a new state in the next week or two, there are more methods to try. You could check with consignment shops or list your stuff on Amazon, eBay, and Craigslist. There might even be an online site for your local community. For instance, Alaska has its own list called Alaska's List.

When you have the time, you can put more effort into finding a good buyer for the stuff you've purged. If you want it gone in a hurry, do what we did.

I hope that helps!

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