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Thinning the Herd: Selling Furniture Before Moving | Killer b. Designs



Thinning the Herd: Selling Furniture Before Moving

So do you want the good news, or the bad news? Let’s get the worst over with: we still haven’t technically sealed the deal with our house sale. The good news? Our worst-case scenario of repairs and closing costs will at the very least get us to break even. It’s not our ideal situation, but it’s not horrible either. At least we know we’re moving! And really soon too. As in, next Thursday soon.ย Yikes!

Now for the hard part: Packing. We’ve all been there. I’m the sort that likes to purge before moving, to get rid of all the unnecessary items to make it as simple as possible. So what’s not making the cut? I think I’ll surprise you!

Yup. We sold our Farmhouse Dining table, Rustic Bench and the 4 chairs. I really love this set, but I’m gunning to make something totally different for the new house. Think chunky, reclaimed wood. Maybe metal folding chairs with upholstered seats. It will knock your socks off.

The man-cave corner desk is out. I know, you’re probably crying on the inside, just like I am. I’m crossing my fingers that it sells, but if it doesn’t it will either stay here or find a new home with a friend. It’s just not sneaking it’s way into the moving truck!

The funky end table that currently lives in Charlie’s room is also getting the boot. It was a great concept, but not my best execution. Plus it’s incredibly tippy and Charlie has knocked it over a couple of times already.

Our free standing closet organizer? Gone. I’d like to do some built ins for our new closet.

And finally?

My painted washer and dryer. I think I’m going to shed a few tears over these. They’re my babies. My mini-blogging-claim-to-fame. But it is time for them to move on to cheer a new owner. We’re looking at high-efficiency front-loaders for the new place. So off they go…


What about you? Do you like to streamline your possessions when you move? Or would you rather just box it all up and deal with it later?



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  1. Courtney

    If I had known that I would take up building after we moved I would have ditched almost all of it (our cast iron bed and antique dresser) excluded. I didn’t discover Ana until after we hauled all of our junk across the country. If I had only known…

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      You can always Craigslist it and build new stuff! That’s my problem. I’m on my third coffee table with more in store for the future. It’s just too easy to cycle through styles when I can sell the current model and use the proceeds on lumber to build a new one ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Allie

    I’m one of those people who loves to get rid of stuff, so I’m purging before packing all the way! Unfortunately, husband likes to keep his stuff in boxes and just lug them from place to place without seeing what’s in them or clearing junk out. We’ve been working on it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Our Wired Lives (@OurWiredLives)

    I’m a purge before you move type person too. Just make sure you don’t get too crazy and donate stuff you could actually use like we did. Opps.

    1. Yeah… I totally do that! Then I kick myself later.

  4. Amanda

    I’m definitely big on selling stuff before we move! It makes life sooo much easier!

    1. It definitely makes you think twice about pieces you want to keep versus those that you’re fine with moving on down the line.

  5. Forgetful Mom

    We just moved and had not a piece of living room nor dining room furniture to sit on. We brought our beds, kids dressers, coffee table and end tables that hubby made me and that was it for furniture. I too like going and getting ‘new’.

    1. I think it also helps keep us from getting overly attached to “stuff” and more able to let go of objects. Of course there are things I’ll always keep (photo albums and quilts), but sometimes it’s nice to let go of the things we’ve outgrown and bring in different items to make memories with.

  6. Lynn

    We are moving next week, and I’m not moving anything that won’t go in the new house. I’m looking forward to paring down. If we need something later I’ll hit the used furniture stores.

    1. Congrats on the move! I had to hop over and check out your blog, so happy your deal went through and you are moving! We’re still up in the air about whether our deal will be financed or not. Fingers crossed it all goes through before next Friday (our closing day)! By the way, your quilts are gorgeous. As an aspiring (aka still awful ๐Ÿ˜‰ quilter myself, it gives me hope that someday I will sew quilts as beautiful as yours!

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