Finals week is just around the corner, and let’s be real, the impending sense of doom has heightened exponentially as we face not only finals but another move out weekend. Whether we are moving our stuff back home, to a storage unit, or the car, there is packing that needs to get done. If you are stressed about the amount of stuff you are going to have to lug through hallways and down staircases, consider downsizing. Here are several ways to lessen the number of boxes you have to move.
Consignment stores can be very financially rewarding, but they tend to be very selective. Pack up the clothes you don’t wear often and take them to a place like Plato’s Closet or MIYO. The process is simple. They sort through your clothes while you shop around the store and after they have selected the items they want, they will make you a cash offer. They also return the clothes that they didn’t choose so you can donate them or sell them by other means.
Facebook Marketplace is the more convenient version of eBay. You can take simple pictures of an item on your phone, list a price, type up a description, and post the listing. If you have a good price and a valuable item, someone will message you an offer. Once you select the lucky new owner of your item, you can arrange to meet them in a public place to exchange goods for cash. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
This is a great place to sell books. Keep track of the books that you bought for each class, and when that class comes back around, post the ones you have. People are much more willing to buy from a student at a discount price because they don’t have to wait for shipping and they know it is the assigned book.
If you have items you weren’t able to sell, don’t just hold onto them waiting for the perfect buyer to come along and buy all your stuff for triple the retail value. Just donate it. Take it to Goodwill or Salvation Army. Get that weight taken off your shoulders, and that’s one less box to move come finals week.
Moving can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. The less stuff you have, the less you have to move, and perhaps, the more money you have in your pocket.