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Moving Tips: Clearing out old items from your new home

Moving old items out of the home is important.

Moving old items out of the home is important.

If you are moving into a home you inherited from a friend or relative, there is a possibility that it still has some items in it that you will need to clear out after you move in. Before you unpack your own items, you may want you look at your options for removing these items.

You should sort through the items before just throwing them all away. If there are any family heirlooms, you will likely want to keep them, or give them to other family members. However, if you are unsure what is in the home, take time to organize the things you would like to keep.

Going through each room separately will help. If there is large furniture such as beds and couches, but they are too used and worn to keep, it may be best to just throw them away. However, if any item is in good shape, having a tag sale could be a good idea.

A tag sale may best work with selling items that you think others would buy at a low price. Don't expect to get a lot of money from the sales, and remember that the priority is to get rid of the items. Whether it is dishes, candlesticks or a dresser, these items should be offloaded for cheap. However, if you think something is valuable, do your best to find out.

With clothes, it may be best to donate these items. Don't throw anything away that might be reused by someone else.

After this is complete, you may want to sweep out all of the rooms, especially if moving furniture and other items kicked up a lot of dust. Then, you can move your items in, unpack and settle in your new home.