This time of year there is an uptick of people moving into apartments in Chico California. One reason is that the fall semester at Chico State University and Butte Community College is getting ready to begin. It’s also just a busy time of year in general for moving. Leases may be up, people may be trying to transition before settling into the routine that fall brings, or because of life circumstances need to find a new place.Whatever your reason might be, if you’re in the process of moving into apartments in Chico California, it’s the perfect time to get rid of some of that stuff you don’t use or need anymore. We’re talking those hideous chairs you keep meaning to re-upholster but know you never will; that extra set of silverware your mom gave you when she cleaned out her cupboards; those books you’ll never read again and pictures you’ll never hang; the purses that were once trendy but you haven’t used in years; or the random knick-knacks you just don’t need cluttering up your space.
When you live in an apartment, you don’t have a lot of extra space or storage for your belongings. It’s silly to rent out a storage unit because that just costs you more money, also something you probably don’t have a lot extra of. So what can you do to get rid of your things…and maybe even make a few bucks in the process?
Start by Sorting
As you’re packing before your move, or if you aren’t moving anywhere but just want to clear out clutter, pick a room to start in and start making three separate piles: Things to Sell, Things to Donate, Things to Trash. Start at one end of the room and go in a full circle until you’re right back where you began. If you aren’t sure about an item because it holds sentimental value, just set it aside. You can decide what to do with it later.
Things to Sell
You have a few options of how to sell your items. While it’s probably tough to coordinate a yard sale when living in apartments in Chico California, that doesn’t mean you can’t have one at a friend’s house. See if you can get a few friends to have a yard sale together at someone’s house. As a rule of thumb, price your items at 10% of their retail value. People are always looking for a bargain. So while you might only get a few bucks for your item it’s more than you had before!
Whatever you don’t sell at the yard sale, stick it up on Craigslist or post about it on Facebook. One man's trash truly is another man’s treasure. It will peak someone’s interest.
Things to Donate
If you just want to get rid of stuff and feel good doing it, consider donating to a local charity like:
- The Salvation Army
- Boys & Girls Club
- Jesus Center
- Torres Shelter
There are people out there less fortunate than you that would be thrilled to have it.
Things to Trash
Last but not least, if there are things that aren’t worth selling or even donating, toss ‘em! You can hitch up a trailer or borrow a pick-up truck and take a load out to the landfill, schedule a special pick up with your waste management company for large items, or if you don’t have too many large or specialty items, toss them into the dumpster at your apartment complex.
Feel a Little Lighter
So there you have it. A few simple things you and your friends can do to make more room as you transition into apartments in Chico California. You’ll have a little more space, maybe even a few extra dollars, and you’ll for sure feel a little lighter knowing you accomplished the task of getting rid of stuff that’s just been taking up space.
Now that've you figure out what to keep, it's time to actually move it all out and into your new place. Download this Ultimate Moving Guide and be reminded of all the little details that can get missed when moving out!