Getting Rid of Stuff You Don’t Need Before Moving

Thrift store

Like it or not, preparing for a move is the perfect time to declutter. You have to go through all of your stuff anyways, so why not whittle it down a little? Plus, getting rid of your stuff before moving will benefit you in the long run — not only will you have less to deal with in your new space, but you’ll have less to actually pack and move, too. But what do you do with the stuff you don’t want? Here are some local places that would gladly take your donations:

Thrift Stores

Thrift and second hand stores are some of the easiest places to get rid of stuff before moving. Most stores will have a donation drop-off area where you can drive up and leave anything you want to donate. It doesn’t get simpler than that! Some stores in Waco with donation drop-offs include the Waco Salvation Army — which also lets you schedule a donation pickup from your home — and Heart of Texas Goodwill Industries, which has four locations in the area.


Posting your things for sale on Facebook Marketplace and local buy/sell groups lets you get rid of your stuff before moving AND make money at the same time. The downside to this option, however, is that you need to plan ahead. You’ll want to start selling things a few months before your move so you don’t end up moving your sale items with you. Our advice? Try to sell whatever you can, and toss/donate whatever doesn’t sell right before moving day. Just make sure to pull down the listings!

Animal Shelters

Animal shelters don’t just take pet items — although they may be able to put that old cat tree in your garage to good use. Most animal shelters also take things like old blankets, towels, and washcloths for animals to use as bedding and to play with. Some even take old sweaters and shirts! Contact your nearest animal shelter (like the Humane Society of Central Texas, for Waco locals) to find out what they need. Getting rid of your stuff before moving feels so much better when you know you’ll be helping out a cuddly animal!

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Do you have larger items you don’t need? The Waco Habitat for Humanity ReStore takes new or gently used appliances, housewares, building materials, and more. They don’t take your small stuff, like clothes, but you can drop off qualifying items or schedule a donation pickup.

Through the City

If you’ve donated and sold everything you can, but still have unwanted items, look into Waco’s solid waste and recycling services. You should never just dump your things on the side of the road and hope for the best. Make sure that you are following city guidelines and recycling everything possible. And call the customer service line if you’re unsure about anything!