Moving can involve more than just making sure you have a way to fit everything you have into your new home; it can also mean that you need to find a way to get rid of certain things that you won’t be taking with you. This could be items that you simply want to get rid of, such as clothes that you no longer want, or it can mean finding way to discard things like old motor oil or chemical pesticides. In either case, it’s helpful to know where and how you can rid yourself of these things in order to make your move easier.
When you need to get rid of some of your belongings, there are several approaches you can take. The first and probably most obvious is to have a garage sale. This is usually best done on the weekend when you’re more likely to get people to stop by and see if there’s anything they like. Ideally you can spread a yard sale over both Saturday and Sunday to maximize your exposure and the likelihood of getting rid of as much as possible. This is an approach that many people prefer because it allows them to recoup some of the value of their items, rather than simply donating them for free.
Donation is, however, another good approach after you’ve had a garage sale. Anything that’s left over and in reasonably usable condition can be donated through local donation stations, Goodwill, or other similar types of organizations. Many of these organizations can even arrange to pick up your donations for free, which can be a real time saver when you’re juggling the many obligations that come with moving. Not only donating items make your move easier, but you’ll also know that you were able to help out charitable organizations in your area, as well as the people that may be able to use what you’ve donated.
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If you still have some items that need to be disposed of after having a yard sale and donating, you may need to consider a run to the dump. For broken or unusable items, this is really the only reasonable way to safely get rid of them, especially if they’re too large to be put into regular trash bins or fall under the list of items that can’t be safely thrown away. There are some things that you’ll be able to dispose of at the dump that you can’t get rid of in your weekly garbage, like mattresses and used motor oil (in most cases).
As for hazardous materials, you’ll have to check with the local regulations in the area you live in since the laws can vary from one place to another. There are a number of items that fall under the category of hazardous waste and can include anything from pesticides to pool chemicals to paints and aerosols. To find out if any of the items you’re getting rid of constitute hazardous waste, you can consult this guide from the Environmental Protection Agency. If you’ve determined that you do have hazardous waste to dispose of, the next step should be to contact the country hazardous waste facility in your area for instructions on how to proceed next.