Donate Products You Do Not Use Before Moving

Used items you no longer require may be real treasure for someone who is needy. It is not that people do not want to hand over the unused stuffs before moving. It is only the lack of preparation, reduced or no knowledge about what and where to donate that keep them at bay from donating. Read on, as we cover some of the very important points to consider if you really want to donate before you move.

  • Benefits of donating your unused items
  • What to donate before you move?
  • Possible places and entities you can donate your unused items
  • How to donate quickly and effectively

Benefits of donating your unused items

Minimizing on the volume of your belongings that your moving company requires to load, and deliver will result in a time-consuming and expensive move. So, donating helps you save on money, besides saving your valued time.

Giving to charity may improve your sense of well-being. There’s no other joy greater than the joy of helping someone

Donating products you no longer require and/or trashing them abandoned in open area or taking them off to your new address only to never use those means you contribute to carbon footprint. Rather donation is an eco friendly way to help the environment. When you donate a t-shirt you no longer wore, you are minimizing the requirement for producing a shirt by pollution making t shirt manufacturing company

Donation is spiritually healing thing, it helps mind and body and generates a sense of happiness

We spend most of our lives staying organized. Moving gives you an awesome scope to find out what you do not need and what you do. By donating things you do not require, you are helping yourself staying organized

What to donate before you move?

You can donate a good many things. Whatever can be reused can be donated. Some of the popular items for donation include –

  • Clothing
  • Furniture
  • Bedding
  • Electronics
  • Cell phones
  • Computers
  • Kitchen Supplies and Toys
  • Books, Magazines
  • Office Supplies
  • Specialty Items
  • Household hazardous waste

Please be noted – household hazardous waste can be disposed off. Always try to dispose them first. But if these can be reused safely, you can donate them to someone who urgently requires them.

Possible places and entities you can donate your unused items

  • Charities that accept reusable products donation
  • Schools, libraries, daycare centers
  • Furniture and food banks
  • Homeless shelters
  • Orphanages, senior centers and hospitals
  • NGOs

Places of interests where you can donate your items vary from place to place. But if you are willing to donate, sources are not scarce – regardless of where you live – in a posh locality or a over populated colony of workers

How to donate quickly and effectively

Overwhelmed by the unending and a tiresome process of moving preparations, you will certainly have not time for visiting any charity and get your items delivered to their facilities. Here are some tips to help you –

Google ‘local charity that accept donation’, list out the ones near to your home. Contact them

Schedule a donation pick up. Free pick up helps you save on money

Plan ahead. Often late planning ends up consuming most of your valued time in preparing and you do not get sufficient time to think about the next course of action for donation.

It is also a good idea to choose a particular institution you want to donate your products. Even if it means you need to manually travel and transport your items to them, it is a nice achievement.

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How to pack, and relocate your bathroom and bar while moving

Moving offers a learning curve. Things you did not plan initially end up being on your prime checklist, items you thought discarded gets your emotional nod at the last minute and hence occupy the already-populated packing boxes. Tired, confused, irritated, and in need for a dire break, when you reach your new home, more problems readily wait your attention – as if they’re not done yet! You struggle to unload, unpack. While you do so, you waste your valued time, effort and money. Surprisingly, you can reduce much of the hassles if you plan ahead, pack the right items in an organized manner, and hire a professional packers and movers company. With this article, we will talk about best moving practices with reference to three unique types of packing you need to know so that when you relocate, you already know how to move smartly; without working hard!

  • Non allowable Items – Know them
  • How to pack a bathroom for moving?
  • How to pack your bar for moving?

More superficially, the article is to guide you which items (liquid types) are allowed to move and if you can move them, how to ensure these are relocated properly

Non allowable items – Don’t waste your time packing such products since these may not be legally movable or your movers and packers company would simply reject moving them


Hazardous items pose serious health and security risks and should not be packed into your shipment. Some of these products include –

  • Aerosol cans
  • Ammonia
  • Ammunition
  • Car batteries
  • Charcoal/lighter fluid
  • Charged scuba tanks
  • Chemistry sets
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Darkroom chemicals
  • Fertilizer
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fireworks
  • Fuels/oils
  • Household batteries
  • Kerosene
  • Liquid bleach
  • Loaded guns
  • Matches
  • Nail polish/remover
  • Paint thinners
  • Paints/varnishes
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane tanks
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Sterno fuel
  • Weed killer


  • Food without preservation
  • Frozen food
  • Open or half-used foods
  • Plants
  • Produce
  • Refrigerated foods

Important – Some of the hazardous items can still be movable with proper labeling, and packaging. And your packers and movers company may agree to move perishable products if they are to cover short distance. It is therefore good to ask them if you are little confused

How to pack a bathroom for moving?

A bathroom is not movable, but the products that make your bathroom a bathroom can be. We’re talking about toiletries, bathroom accessories, linens, and cleaning supplies etc. But always try to leave aside toilet brushes, empty shampoo bottles, and bars of soap which you can replace inexpensively at your new bathroom. Sometimes gifting your expensive and unused bathroom cleaning and soap kits to your neighbours or friends makes sense. But what if have to pack some items you cannot think your new bathroom without? Read on –

Sort your bathroom

  • Set aside everything that is used on a daily basis.
  • Throw away anything empty or outdated
  • Keep only what you need, use!

Let’s pack

  • Set aside important items for day of your move.
  • Pack medicine and first aid supplies in a small plastic box
  • Pack towels and washcloths by folding and putting them into plastic bags.
  • Pack toiletries in small boxes. Use plastic bag if you are worried about any leakage
  • Put lighter items like towels, rugs, or shower curtains at the top of pack
  • Pack your brushes, hair accessories, and makeup in small toiletry bag.

Get moving!

How to pack your bar for moving?

Transporting alcohol is indeed a task. You need to consider the legal restrictions, fragility of the bottles, and the value of the liquor if you have a rare, vintage collection. Having said that, you should never leave those happy stuffs alone or at the mercy of someone who doesn’t deserve them. You should try your best to pack them. Three things you need to consider are –

  • Will your packers and movers company and new state you are moving to allow the bottles?
  • How to pack your bottles?
  • How to relocate your liquor bottles?

Know your movers and local laws

Policy for transporting liquor bottles varies from movers from movers and from state to state. Check with the local beverage authority about the laws. Some states allow restricted amount of liquor transportation while some may not allow bottles purchased from other states to enter into their own since the excise duty is not paid. (noticed – For sale in —Only? ) Add to this, check with your packers and movers company in India, if they are good to pack, move and relocate your products. Some companies can relocate, but they may charge you extra money and formalities to fulfill the legal stuff.

We advice you should never pack nor transport any used or opened bottle. Be honest and do not hide them under boxes.

If you are allowed to transport with the bottles, here’s the next stage –

Pack bottles in appropriate boxes

Pack them in sturdy specialty boxes. There are specific boxes available to pack these fragile products. You can get these from shops. Mark the boxes with Fragile and This Side up. Wrap them in bubble wrap for protection

How to relocate your liquor bottles

Some factors such as cross-country, extreme temperatures, humidity, and light exposure can affect the flavour of your rare collection. So, it is always good to enquire if your moving company will add these in climate-control vehicles for safety. Once you are at your new home, immediately unpack and store them in cool, dry place – as required or instructed

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How to Relocate Your Plants When You Shift?

  • Do not leave your loving plants abandoned at the mercy of a new occupant.
  • Move your plants when the temperature is not overly warm.
  • Safely relocate plants, get as many roots as possible when digging
  • Request your relocation company to move your plants in a closed set up
  • Place plants immediately to your planned garden site once you are shifted
  • Snip off the broken leaves and branches

Plants are not just silent lives that add colour, beauty, variety and glory to your well-stocked garden; they are part of your family. You cared growing them, invested time, effort and money in cultivating them and more importantly earned utter sense of joy seeing them flourish. When moving to a new home, it is therefore a frustrating and emotional moment for you to leave them abandoned at the mercy of a new occupant.

Sometimes however the availability of a well-maintained garden adds up to 15% value of your home. So, if you are selling your home; it is important to ensure if you count your garden to be included in the property. If the buyer is a caring person who loves plants, and you are happy handing the charge of garden, there is nothing wrong. But what if you were settled in a rented property or you want to sell your property but do not want to hand out the garden to the new occupant?

Do you want to part with your garden? Definitely not, and the good news is if you take proper steps on time; you can still relocate some of your plants to your new home. This long-form article is a guide to help you take the proper steps to shift with your plants. Read on, and for any query you want us to clear, we are just a comment-away.

Things to consider when relocating with your plants


It is important to select a strategic time to move your plants. It is good to shift the plants when the temperature is not overly warm. The warmer months are the worst times to relocate plants because plants easily get stressed and they require urgent cover of moisture – which if not provided on time, they die. It is therefore good to wait till winter. If you are in hurry, go for a late spring or late summer relocation for your plants and shrubs

What to do if you must need to relocate during hot summer days

Talk to the new occupants of the house and ask for their favour. Request them to take care of your plants until you get them relocated at a good time or request them to relocate the plants for you during a good time.

How to relocate your plants

To safely relocate your loving plants, ensure to get as many roots as possible when digging. Take up some soil with roots for giving them base. Put plants in pots; ensure that the soil is moist. Wrap the roots of plants in burlap and keep them at a safe place – where these are not exposed to hot but get proper sunlight during day time

Transporting your plants

To give your relocated plants quick access to moisture and a safe home, it is advised you prepare a site on your new home for gardening in advance. If you are driving, you can control the environmental impact on your plants by customizing them and properly inspecting them at regular intervals. But if you are relocating with the help of a relocation company, ask them to keep your plants in a closed set up.

Care for your relocated plants

Once you are at your new home, consider placing the plants immediately to your planned garden site. Snip off the broken leaves and branches. If it is hot summer days, it is advised to transplant your trees during early morning.

That’s it! Proper care, right timing, and tender attention given to uproot, wrap, transport and transplant your plants ensure you are gardening yet again at your new home, with plants you cared on your earlier home.

P.S NOTE – Some moving companies may not provide you exclusive service for transporting plants since plants are prone to damage during relocation. Even then, some states may have strict agricultural laws that restrict travelling of trees from one state to other because of health issues and diseases that may be associated with trees. So, it is important to check on authorities if it is okay to relocate to the new state with your plants and if your moving company provides you plant relocation service. A Good Relocation Company should!