Moving out of NYC
September 2, 2022

How to get rid of unwanted items in your home

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Are you moving to a new home and need to get rid of your pre-loved items? We have compiled a few tips on how to get rid of unwanted items in your home. Most people don't know where to start when getting rid of their items, so they throw everything out. In this economy, we’re sure everyone can agree that making a little bit of money from unused items is appreciated.

Getting rid of your items shouldn't be too hard, especially nowadays when everything is so convenient, and there are numerous ways accessible for everyone to use.

Host a garage sale to sell your items


Before you begin the process of getting rid of some of your items, It’s easier to sort all the items you’re keeping and the ones you’re selling/giving away. Doing this will help tremendously because you’ll know exactly what should and shouldn't go. Sell stuff that you haven’t used in over six months to a year because this indicates that you don't need them.

PRO TIP: Sort each room separately to make things easier for you.


If you have pre-loved items that you’re willing to give to family and friends, then do it! Have small clothes that don't fit anymore? Give those away to your nephews/nieces, they’ll surely appreciate it. If the clothes don't fit them either, continue reading for some more tips.

Find out from family and friends if there’s any else they would like from your old items. You could even sell some of the items to them and make yourself money.


If you have a yard or garage, you should host a sale in your home to sell your items. Garage sales are usually pretty successful and can make you good money. This type of method for getting rid of stuff is great. Also, if you’re moving out of your home, you’ll be able to say your goodbyes to your neighbors during the sale. If it's your new home, it is a great opportunity to make new friends in the area.

Another tip to making your garage sale more fun is to take out a portable speaker and play some good music, taking care not to play it too loud because you need to be courteous to your neighbors. The music will keep your potential customers interested and thereby, a better chance of generating sales.


Another great way to get rid of your stuff is to sell them online. Online is a great platform especially if you don't have space for a yard sale or need somewhere “convenient” to sell. It is very hard these days to find reliable people to sell things to, and for some, a garage sale isn’t an option. This of course depends on your location/living arrangement.

Some of the apps below you may have heard of. They make life a little bit simpler as you don’t have to go around literally telling everybody you’re selling.


This app allows you to sell your items nationwide. The app sends you a prepaid label and you get paid through the app directly into your bank account. Buyers have the option to choose local pick-up only or nationwide pickup only. The buyer pays for the label, so no worries about that. They have a wide variety of categories so you can list as many things as you want.

  • eBay

This has been deemed “the best-selling app” according to Techlicious. The great thing about this app is that it's not just local, so you can sell your stuff to anyone anywhere. The only downfall is that you would have to ship the stuff yourself once you’ve received payment for the purchase.

We would recommend using this app if you’re trying to sell high-value items.


This app is free; you can list your stuff locally and have buyers conveniently pick up the goods. All you do is take a picture of the item and list it. Buyers will find you by scrolling through the marketplace.


This app is great for second-hand clothing. If you have old clothes that are still in good condition and that you’d like to sell, then this app is for you. But it doesn’t end there. You can also sell home decor, makeup, and more. All you need to do is take a picture of the outfits and upload them, write a description of the item, set the price, and upload. It's that easy.

When you make a sale, Poshmark provides a prepaid label addressed to the buyer. Once you’ve packed the package, all you need to do is drop it off at the post office or have it picked up by USPS for free from the comfort of your home.


It is great for selling gadgets, games, books, etc. The app is different from the others as you sell to the app itself and not to potential buyers. All you do is log in, get a quote, and if you like the offer, you simply just ship off the items. It’s that simple.

There are several other apps you can use. Do some research and find one you’re comfortable with and that’s easy for you to navigate.

Donate some of your pre-loved items to charity


Take some unused items and give them away to local charities or shelters. If there aren’t any in your area, try to find donation bins. They are usually placed in small shopping centers or outside convenience stores.


Donate or sell your books to bookstores. Some bookstores will pay for the books. If you have school or college books, try to sell those or donate them to whoever will put them to good use.

Whether you’re moving out of your current home or staying. If you have a lot of old unused items, sell or donate them where possible. Moving can get expensive and may require a lot of money, so if there’s a way to make some before you move, definitely take full advantage of that.

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