(BPT) - Moving from one home, one city and even one state to another is a great opportunity to clean house and start fresh. Instead of packing all belongings – even those that haven’t been used in years – moving gives families a chance to reduce their material goods so that what ends up being unpacked in the new house is immediately used.
While purging their belongings, families should consider giving back to their community, both as a nice way to say goodbye and to make the move much easier. Some ways to give back while moving include:
* Donate unneeded belongings to organizations that can put them to good use. If you have gently used furniture, clothing, children’s toys, books or even kitchen utensils that you won’t need in your new home, many organizations will take these items to help victims of natural disasters, or to sell to help financially support other needs of the organization. If you aren’t able to find an organization that will accept donated items, consider holding a yard sale and donating the cash to a local charity. When advertising the garage sale, be sure to advertise the charity you’re supporting, and ask shoppers if they’d like to also contribute to the charity.
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