What to Do with Unwanted Items Before a Move

What to Do with Unwanted Items Before a Move

Relocating can be both exhilarating and daunting, especially when you realize how many items you’ve accumulated over the years. As the furniture price is high and if the distance is long the cost of moving will exceed the budget. Moving the furniture requires many tasks, from dissembling it to packing and loading, unloading, and reassembling. When you hire experts for this task, they charge a high amount. Before you start packing for your move in Singapore, it’s essential to declutter and decide what to do with unwanted items.

Here’s a guide to help you part with possessions in the most sustainable and beneficial way in Singapore.


Host a Garage Sale or Online Sale

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Hosting a garage sale is not only an excellent way to declutter but also a way to earn some extra cash. If you’d rather avoid the physical setup, platforms like Carousell or Gumtree Singapore can be perfect for selling unwanted items online.


Donate to Charities Your Unused Items

Several organizations in Singapore gladly accept pre-loved items. Start organizing, schedule a pickup date, and find out how easy it is to give new life to your unwanted items.


1. The Salvation Army

They welcome both household goods and clothing. You can drop your unwanted items at their numerous ‘Red Shield Industries’ collection points. They accept: Furniture; Mattresses; Clothing; Various household items and appliances; Electronics; Books; Used cars.

The Salvation Army assists those in need across a wide variety of spectrums, including victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, at-risk youth, the elderly, and natural disaster victims.

To schedule a Salvation Army pickup, head to satruck.org/donate/choose and enter your zip code. List the items you plan to donate, and then schedule a pickup date. Note that you don’t have to be home for the pickup — if you need to, you can leave the items outside your home, provided you mark them “SA.”


2. PickUpMyDonation.com

PickUpMyDonation.com is less a charity than an organization that works with non-profit thrift stores to secure donations for their needs. Regardless, it’s a great option for when you need a donation pickup and want to pick out a local charity to receive your items. They accept large items that can’t easily be donated without a truck.

Visit pickupmydonation.com to make a donation request, including listing the unused items you have to donate. Your request will go out to your nearest non-profit thrift store, and if they’re interested and you meet the minimum size requirements, you’ll have a pickup scheduled. However, if your haul isn’t large enough to require a truck, they will direct you to your nearest drop-off location.


Recycle Electronics Responsibly

Electronic waste, or e-waste, should be disposed of with care due to harmful components.

StarHub’s RENEW (REcycling Nation’s Electronic Waste) Programme: This initiative has bins located island-wide where individuals can drop off small electronic items.

E-waste Recycling @ North East: This is a collaboration between the North East CDC and Virogreen. Residents can recycle their e-waste by placing them in the recycling bins.


Swap or Exchange Your Unwanted Items

Organize or participate in community swap events. The Sustainable Singapore Movement occasionally hosts such events, allowing individuals to exchange unwanted items for something more useful.


Rent a Temporary Storage Space

If you’re unsure about unused items or believe you might need them in the future, consider renting a storage space.



Singapore offers a plethora of options for residents looking to declutter responsibly before moving. By choosing to sell, donate, recycle, or repurpose unwanted items, you can ensure a smoother move while also giving back to the community and the environment.

You can always ask the local experts and furniture removal or disposal of furniture experts for any queries. Find out more at Penguin Logistics today!


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