Give Donate Toss Moving Tips

Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291


While watching my sellers at the end stages of packing and moving, we had a few  minutes to chat. 

They were very organized and we started to make a list of things that needed to be taken care of when moving.

There were home inspections, deciding what needed to be packed, what needed to be sold what needed to be donated and what needed to be removed and thrown away. 

When planning to donate, find out if they pick up and how much leeway time is needed. The charities are happy to take your usuable furnishing but they don't have the may have to wait three weeks to get on there schedule.

Some of those organizations  to check out are Second Chance, Goodwill, Purple Heart and DAV.

Before you contact them, you might want to check with friends, family or neighbors who may enjoy owning the things you are not able to take with you.

This family told me of a young couple, just starting house, who were delighted to take her kitchen utensils, silverware, pots, pans and full sets of china.

Find out if the new buyers want you to leave things like tools, ladders, shelving, trash cans lawnmower and snow blowers.

If moving to Florida or a will have no use for them.


Turkey  platter Margaret Rome


Talk to the family and find out who will be taking over the next holiday dinner.

That may be the perfect person to give the turkey platter, big roasting pan and platters.

So many things can be given away and bring joy to others. Satisfaction for the giver and good economics and re-purposing.

Think of who may want the toys, the piano, or grandma's antique Singer sewing machine...the one with the working foot control.


As a buyer, if you are interested in any of these things, be sure to ask your Realtor to put it in writing. 

Leave  some large mailable folders with forwarding address and contact number for future mail.



My sellers said, in hindsight, they would have started getting rid of things much sooner. One suggestion was to have a charitable pickup weekly long before you are ready to move. A lot easier to put out on a regular schedule, rather than wait to the end when you need to "dump" a lot of items just because of the timing.


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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Margaret - the moving process can be stressful so an organized preparation program is necessary.  Here's to good times!

Sep 06, 2020 04:05 PM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Margaret- I love the idea of donating or even selling rather than adding to the landfill. When we moved from Delray to Houston it was hard to find places that would accept household goods. (there's so much of it in South Florida) We ended up selling items on Offer Up. 

Sep 06, 2020 05:23 PM #2
Carol Culkin, ReeceNichols
ReeceNichols Real Estate - Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Residential Real Estate

I am recently experiencing ease and great success selling things on Facebook marketplace. Just another option. 

Sep 06, 2020 08:22 PM #3
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Margaret.

My wife does not get rid of much of anything.  When she does, it is monumental, but rarely happens

Sep 07, 2020 02:26 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Margaret. We we left Florida our buyer got a baby grand piano and we did not have to move it! Enjoy your day!

Sep 07, 2020 05:36 AM #5
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

All good tips, Margaret. 

When we left our suburban house for an urban condo, we found that our gardener was happy to have our garden tools. Often service providers like gardeners, house cleaners, repair people know others who can benefit from our no-longer-needed items.

Sep 07, 2020 06:57 AM #6
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

When I made my last move, I went from a very large home to a very small one!!  nothing I owned except my dining rm set would fit.... I gave everything to family and friends....  and bought new "small furniture".... no more moves now!!!!

Sep 07, 2020 09:00 AM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I remember my mother always saying that move was like a fire.  You can lose that much with each move.  I never quite understood it until the last several years.  I have lived in the same home for 37 years.  I have accumulated too much, but I'm not wishing for a fire!

Sep 07, 2020 12:26 PM #8
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Margaret, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Sep 07, 2020 12:27 PM #9
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Margaret, so many charities will not take anything that is upholstered - which turned into a nasty surprise for some of my clients.  

Sep 07, 2020 01:07 PM #10
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Patricia Kennedy ANother reason to check early on to see what the restrictions are with the various charities.

Sep 07, 2020 07:40 PM #11
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