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Five easy ways to purge your possessions

When you get a removals quote to move house, your removal company will give you a price based on the volume of your possessions. Because of this it’s in your interest to take as little as you can to your next property.

Five easy ways to purge your possessions

Not only will it cost less money to move but you’ll clear out your life and revitalise it, ready for your new home and your future.  Moving house is the perfect time to purge all your belongings, free yourself of years of clutter and save money on your removals at the same time!

But purging your possessions does not automatically mean throwing them out into the dustbin. There are many ways to reduce the clutter, some of which will earn you money as you go:

Selling your items

  • Car boot sales – You may think your items are worthless but others are likely to disagree. Car boot sales are great ways to raise a few pounds and also get rid of all the stuff you’d otherwise have to transport to your new house. Bring everything along, but don’t expect to make a fortune. Remember: the whole point of going there is to get rid of things, so don’t lose a sale over a few pence. Aim to leave with no more than half what you went with.
  • eBay – one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure, so list your items on eBay if you think they could be worth a fair price. Don’t forget to factor in selling fees and ensure you have collection only or delivery charges outlined.
  • Gumtree – this is a free listing service so you get a higher return but there aren’t as many visitors. If you want to list on both just add a caveat saying you’ve listed the item elsewhere and that you reserve the right to end it at any time.

  • Local advertisements – a lot of people don’t like the online world and search locally for items. Put adverts in newspapers, shop windows and community magazines.

  • Specialist publications – if you’re selling high end equipment in a particular niche check out specialist publications e.g. fishing equipment in a fishing magazine.

Giving away your items

  • Friends and family – you know they’ll go to a good home if you give them to friends and family so consider doing this. Many people are happy to come and collect the items, saving you more time.  You may also want to loan them and take them back when you have more space/time.

  • Charities – most charity shops will be only too happy to accept donations, but check with them before hand to see what they need. If you can’t drop your items off many will come to your door to pick them up. Some also drop off bags to enable you to donate clothes.

  • Schools – schools always need painting equipment, computers, printers and other materials. Check with your child’s school and other local schools to see if any items will be of use.

  • Freecycle – a nationwide network of groups that promote recycling of goods between users, there will always be a homeowner in your local area who could benefit from what you have to give away

  • Gumtree – the online listing service operates a ‘freebies’ section so you can give your stuff to a good home

Give to charities

Charity shops always need new items and you can help them enormously during a house move. Even just a few items will be enormously beneficial to them. If you want to get rid of furniture, look for a charity that can oblige – many will come and collect it for you too, saving a trip to the dump. Some other charities specialise in certain items, such as garments; check before you take stuff along.  The British Heart Foundation will collect large pieces of furniture to sell in the their shops.  You can book a collection here.


  • The Internet is a goldmine when you’re moving house. Freecycle is a fantastic project that allows you to post items free of charge for collection in your area. It helps recycle and re-use items that would otherwise end up in landfill.
  • Local facilities – large superstores and retail parks often have recycling facilities for clothing, glass and cardboard.
  • Free app  OLIO is a great way to clear out your cupboards. You can share any unwanted dry or fresh food with your local community so you don’t have to throw it away.

Throwing away your items

  • Hire a skip – skips really are an easy and practical way of throwing stuff away and are very cost-effective. If you don’t need a full skip consider renting one with a neighbour to save money.

  • Dumps – if you have a decent sized car you can take full loads down to the dump. Great for furniture, garden waste and assorted household items.  Most dumps have a dumps or tips will have superior recycling facilities including recycling for furniture, TVs and electrical equipment

Good luck purging your possessions!


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