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What to Ditch, Donate, or Replace When Moving

Last Updated on: 14th January 2024, 07:06 am

When you are planning a move, you’ll need to de-clutter the household as much as possible. Residential movers, like AMS Bekins, usually charge a rate for the size of your shipment, as well as, an hourly rate on moving day. You’ll want to minimize those expenses to save on costs no matter which local moving company you use. Plus, who wants to move something that they don’t necessarily need? We have the lowdown on what you can ditch and donate to reduce what you have to move!

What You Need to Ditch & Replace!

Are you thinking about keeping something that is broken? Perhaps, you’ve saved a bunch of empty containers for later use. Well, there is no time like the present to get rid of these items!

  • Old Furniture: Ditch the three legged chairs, the desk you made out of cinder blocks and an old door, and any cheap furniture you bought years ago. These are all things you can easily replace and no one else will want!
  • Empty & Nearly Empty Containers: Clear out those plastic food containers you planned on reusing. Throw away old makeup, hair products, and lotions. Be ruthless in identifying items you may have kept for refilling or reuse and throw them out. You’ll almost certainly accumulate more.
  • Worn Out Clothing & Linens: It may be tempting to donate your old clothing, but try to be objective about their condition. Charity shops will toss out items that have holes, large stains, and are threadbare. It’s the same for any other fabric materials.

What You Can Donate!

Yes, there are plenty of things that you can give to someone else. Return items you borrowed from friends, or regift things that you don’t really use. Of course, the thrift shops take many items. Some organizations even offer pick-up of larger donations, so you don’t have to move it yourself or ask your local moving company to drop it off!

  • Unused Entertainment & Toys: If you have old toys that the kids don’t play with anymore, donate them. The same goes for board games, DVDs, and CDs.
  • Excess Small Appliances & Utensils: Most people own a few small appliances that seemed cool at the time, but that are never used. You can donate working juicers, blenders, spiralizers, and other items to the thrift shop for some needy chef.

What Your Local Movers Can’t Transport!

Once you have trimmed down the excess items, cheap furniture, and broken belongings, the remaining is usually what you’ll want to keep. However, local movers do have lists of items that they can’t transport for legal reasons. These are things you’ll need to make arrangements for with friends, or move yourself, such as:

  • Pets
  • Plants
  • Food
  • Chemicals

AMS Bekins will be happy to arrange an at-home consultation to discuss what we can help relocate or store for you. Our moving specialist will also be able to provide a fair and accurate moving estimate for our services too. If you are interested in using us as your Santa Clara moving company, you can reach out to AMS Bekins by phone or via our online form!


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