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Your Stuff: Moving Your Stuff! - June 30, 2011
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For those of us who rent, summer is often the time we move: school is out, warmer weather is inviting and there seem to be more housing choices. It’s no coincidence that July is the peak month for both finding a new home and hitting garage sales!

metro's recycling tips for your moveSpeaking of garage sales; having one yourself can be a great way to reuse and recycle your stuff. Moving is a wonderful time to stop and ask whether you need or want to keep everything you have on hand. If you live in a multifamily apartment community, you could talk with your property manager or the owner about the possibility of setting aside a common space one weekend in the summer and inviting all interested residents to participate. Even if your neighbors aren’t moving, chances are that they have something they’d be happy to donate.

Another option might be to post notices in a shared area like a laundry room for a “swap space” for larger items like chairs and sofas or appliances that you no longer need. Many managers welcome this alternative to “illegal dumping” which is what happens when these items are left out in the parking lot or garbage and recycling areas and create obstacles for maintenance staff. Many charitable organizations such as Goodwill, the ARC and Salvation Army may agree to pick up materials around a specific date.

Once you’re ready to pack, there are more questions to ask: where to get the boxes you need, what to do with the boxes when you’ve moved and figuring what can’t be reused or recycled.

Resources for these and other questions about moving are available here.

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