Moving – the Perfect Time to Do the Right Thing

Author: Kim Jacobs | Last modified on: December 16th, 2014

A relocations in not difficult because of moving to a new place on itself – humans are adaptive animals that get used to new environments quite quickly. The problem isn’t organising the removal either – finding a good man and van company is not that much of a challenge if you use common sense and are careful. The heart of the problem is all of your belongings. Chances are you’ve amassed quite some items in your possession over the years. The natural urge is obviously to take them all to your new home. However we recommend you stop and rethink that.

CharityIf you browse through everything you own a second time you might find a thing or two you don’t really need that much. And if you give it a third try you might actually find a find quite a few such items. Truth is there is no sense to carry a lot of these objects to your new home. Often it is cheaper to buy a new one or perhaps it is a type of item you do not need anymore. For example, if your children are all grown up you don’t need to keep all of their toys – one or two are more than enough to keep the sentimental value. What to do with everything else you don’t need then? Why not donate.

Donating is an excellent way to do the right thing, feel good about yourself and dispose of things you do not need. A good way to approach this matter is to carefully sort out your belongings. You’re going to go through them anyway – separate things to keep, things to donate and things to throw away. Please be mindful to only donate items in good condition as that would ease the charity organisation you donate them to when they do their own sorting. Plus, do bear in mind that this is an act of charity and not a hip way to throw away your trash.

Also think hard about what you’d like to keep. Charities look for furniture and electrical appliances as much as they look for clothes and a humanitarian relief, for example, always includes common household items. There is little need to keep an old CRT TV if you have a couple of 40 inch flatscreens but it can mean the world to somebody else. Same goes with old furniture. Usually you can’t get much money for such items selling them online yet if they’re in decent condition there is no reason not to donate them.

You can ask the man and van company that is handling your relocation if they can’t help. It is very likely that apart from moving services that also do junk removals so they’re likely to work with a local charity which would ease the whole task of actually donating the items immensely.

About the Author:

Kim Jacobs is a removals coordinator with over 11 years of experience as part of the Get man and van team and other firms in the home and office relocation industry in London. Before joining our company, Kim has worked in various logistical and transportation companies and institutions such as Transport for London, The Removals Ombudsman, and has coordinated moving projects with some of the biggest suppliers of various goods such as IKEA, HomeBase, Amazon, Sainsbury's and others. While working as a chief removals coordinator, Kim also enjoys sharing her expertise with others through writing in our blog.

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