This post was orginially written for FindingYourGood.org. But has been modified for SoleOrganizer.
I recently moved out of my one bedroom apartment, but before moving I completed a thorough purge before packing up my belongings. If you’re not familiar with what a purge is, it's when assess the items in your current space and determine which items you will keep and which ones you will let go. It’s so important to conduct a purge before you move because it reduces the amount of items that you will have to transport. I highly suggest you do this before moving because it's pointless to haul unwanted items to your new space which you don't intend to use. I associate moving with a fresh start - new beginnings; so, you want to ensure that the items that are making the transition with you will enhance your space, not take up more.
A few weeks before moving, I sorted through my belongings and assessed each piece of clothing before packing them up. During my purge, I came across a pair of shoes, two purses, a jacket, one sweater, and one dress that no longer fit, match my style, and I just didn't enjoy wearing them anymore.
The items that I ended up purging were still in really good condition so I decided to donate them to DC Goodwill. Since I started the purge weeks before my move, I was able to drop off some other items but when you’re preparing for a move - time can be limited. So, I love that DC Goodwill provides free mailing labels and boxes for you to ship your donated items to their center. For the items that I was unable to drop-off, I just went online, entered my information, and a few moments later a shipping label was emailed to me to be printed and placed onto the box. I was able to use an old box to ship my items but if you need boxes you can request them from DC Goodwill and they are complimentary. There are some mailing parameters, so be sure to check that you reside in their service area. They also provide a pick-up service which you can learn more about - here!
I opted to donate my items because I didn't have the time to manage negotiations but if you want to earn some extra cash which could be use towards moving costs, then you may want to consider selling items on the following platforms: Letgo, OfferUp, Poshmark, ThredUp, and Facebook Marketplace.
Benefits to De-Cluttering:
The day of the move, I felt very light and free because I had let go of items that no longer served me. It was important to me that I enter into my new space with only the items that I will find useful and will serve a purpose.
Lately, I have been expressing a lot of gratitude and acknowledge that the purged items served a purpose and are now being sent on their way with positive vibes and energy, to the new owner who will “find the good” in them just as I once did.
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