Move season is almost here! The process of getting rid of junk has been an obstacle that most of my clients don't take into consideration. Here are some tips to get you organized for your move.
Please remember that we provide packing and unpacking services and will take care of arranging all donation pick-ups and junk removal.
Donation Pick Ups Take Planning
Donating furniture requires lots of planning. Give yourself a month lead time to schedule furniture donations and don't assume they will take everything. In the Chicago area, The Salvation Army usually schedules its donation pick ups 30 days in advance. They do not take any furniture over 6ft tall or any one pieces over 200lbs. They DO take mattresses that do not have stains or tears. Habitat for Humanity will take household appliances, and some of those bigger pieces that The Salvation Army won't take, but they require pictures of all things before they agree to come out. Goodwill drop off locations are great for anything you can load in your SUV (clothes, small electronics, household items, etc). It if fits in their blue bins, they will take it. Except tube televisions. NOBODY takes a tube tv. If you get lucky, and there is an electronic recycling event in your area (usually during spring and fall), you can bring up to one tube tv, but they may charge you after that.
Junk Hauling Will Cost You
For the things you can't donate, or don't have time to schedule pick ups for, a last minute junk hauling service will cost you. Most have a minimum pick up charge of $350. A full truck (and most trucks are not that big) is $500. You can rent a dumpster, but the price won't be that much less, and then you have to figure out how to haul that heavy furniture out of the house and into the dumpster. The absolute cheapest way to do it, is to rent a truck, hire some big guys to lug the junk into the truck, drive it to the dump and pay for the junk disposal by weight. Make sure to check that your local dump is open that day, as most of them have weird hours.
The Reality of Selling Your Stuff
This is not something clients like to hear, but selling your stuff is not worth your time. You already have so many things to take care of when moving; the time/value of selling your stuff is not worth it. Organizing a yard sale takes time away from packing. The aggravation of contacting, negotiating and scheduling pick ups from virtual garage sales is not worth the $8 you made. I encourage clients to only sell something if they can make $50 or more from one item. Otherwise, please donate to local charities and make someone else's day. Keep track of all donations for tax deductions.