We have come up with a multi-pronged approach to getting rid of our stuff:
- the garbage can never goes out partially full
- Craigslist for anything that has value*
- garage sale for anything that doesn't sell on Craigslist and knick-knacks.
- keep a Goodwill bag by the front door
- turf it off on friends and family to hold for us
Garbage. Pick a shelf, drawer, closet, or toolbox. Bring a garbage bag, if you can't think of a use for it long-term and it would be impossible to sell, chuck it. It's hard at first but it gets easier.
Craigslist, look for similar items, not just Craigslist but eBay etc. Price accordingly. If it doesn't sell right away slowly reduce the price to the minimum you will take. If still no luck save for the last chance garage sale. We have used the free category on Craigslist with great results, but I would rather get a buck or two at a garage sale.
If it doesn't sell it's going to Goodwill anyway.
Garage sale: furniture, appliances, knick-knacks, basically everything left in the house. Last stop before Goodwill.
Goodwill, as you go through your closets keep a bag near, you know what to do.
Friends and family, invite local friends and family to come by and pick through your stuff. Don't be afraid to be generous these are the people you will count on while you are on the road. Distant friends and family, take pictures send out an email blast. This is problematic with big items, but small things and family memorabilia can work.