Moving Out of Your Apartment? What to Sell, What to Keep

By Alicia Geigel on May 12, 2022

Moving out of your old apartment or home is a big step in a new direction filled with plenty of unknowns and uncomfortable risks. During this process, there is so much to consider, such as arranging dates to hire movers, packing your belongings, and of course, the dreaded downsizing of all the stuff you’ve accumulated over the years. Sure, it can be easy just to pack all of your stuff into boxes and deal with everything once you happily arrive at your new home, but it can be even easier to rid yourself of unwanted items beforehand.

Tackling all of the items in your apartment, from bulky appliances to those shoes you never wore after a friend’s birthday party, can definitely feel like a never-ending problem you can never dig yourself out of. However, by focusing on one thing at a time, you not only can effectively scale down your unwanted belongings, but you can also add some money back into your wallet at the same time.

Deciding what to donate, sell, and keep during the moving process is undoubtedly a challenge, and something I arguably have dealt with in the past. When things get stressful and it’s crunch time, the last thing you want to do is sort through old junk, but it really can pay off in the process. If you are moving out of your apartment and are stumped about what to do with your belongings, here is a breakdown of everything you need to donate, sell, and keep.

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Donate

Before leaping into a lucrative eCommerce business or making money on Facebook Marketplace, dig through your belongings and evaluate if someone could really use something of yours. Lightly worn clothes like t-shirts and jeans, blankets, small toys, lightly worn books, decorations, etc. are all great items to donate to your local Goodwill store, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, etc. In addition to these stores, you could also look around for church/charity donations, which often take items like clothes, books, and toys. While you’re not making any money by donating things away, you do have the satisfaction that you were doing something good during the process.

Sell

Donating may have reduced your inventory of unnecessary and unwanted belongings, and now you can start having fun with selling your items on a variety of platforms, with a huge price range as well. So, the million dollar question is: what should I sell? Start thinking about the biggest items you have, the ones that you really want to avoid moving if by any means possible. Items like these can include: heavy appliances, heavy furniture, pricey clothes, unopened toiletries, kitchen cookware and gadgets, etc.

  • Heavy Appliances: Coming from prior experience of moving a washer and driver out of a home and into a moving truck, no one wants to have to deal with handling a huge, heavy appliance, whether it be a fridge, washing machine, or dryer. If you are open to purchasing a new set of appliances in the future, or if your new home comes furnished with appliances, sell your old ones for a nice chunk of money. List the appliance on Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, or even social media like Instagram and Twitter to see if you have any takers.

  • Heavy Furniture: Similar to heavy appliances, moving heavy furniture is equally nightmarish as it is exhausting. When you’re tired and stressed from moving, the last thing you want to deal with is moving a bulky dining room table set, or a reclining couch. While these items could potentially serve you in your new home, if you don’t have the room, time, energy, or means to move it, sell whatever you are comfortable with leaving behind.

  • Pricey Clothes: We are all guilty of buying clothes that sit in our drawers and closets, only to collect dust and never be worn. If you clothes still have the price tag on them and you see no future of you wearing certain items, list whatever articles of clothing you have on a site like Poshmark, eBay, or Facebook Marketplace to make extra cash before moving day.

  • Unopened Toiletries: Do you have a bottle of Bath and Body Works hand soap that has been sitting in your bathroom for months? What about the body wash you got on Christmas? If you’re not planning on using the toiletries, sell them for a couple dollars a piece to get them off of your hands.

  • Kitchen Cookware: Depending on what you have, some kitchen cookware can sell for big bucks. If you find yourself using a handful of cookware pieces, with the rest of your dishes and utilities sitting in a cabinet, sell off the one you don’t use in a lot or individually.

Keep

Though it sounds simple, you don’t have to get rid of everything when you are moving. While keeping more items means packing and moving more, if you are having trouble parting ways with your personal belongings, eliminate the extra pressure and stress and hold on to what you want. Of course, it is important to keep necessities, such as a bed/mattress, electronics, a dresser, clothes, toiletries, etc., but don’t forget to also hold on to items you truly love.

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Handling the stress of a move can take a toll on you, both physically and mentally. This stress is only amplified when you’re trying to figure out what you should sell and keep. While the process can be overwhelming at points, try to take it slow and remember what you love the most to not only effectively downsize but also appreciate the things that truly matter.

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