Professional Movers And Removers Finding Charities Getting Pickier

When people need to move and have extra stuff they can’t or won’t be bringing over to their new house, a removalist or a professional junk removal company is usually brought in to handle the extra stuff. Notably, a few of these companies in the US have found that they can’t do the job as easily as before, with charities in the country being pickier with taking old stuff.

This is an issue, with the US seeing about 10,000 baby boomers retiring daily. Americans aged 85 and up are now the fastest-growing age group of the country’s population, which led to real estate agents, organizers, movers, and professional junk removal experts to move in to help.

Downsizing often starts with families selling items. When that fails, then they move to donate stuff.

Daniel Turzinski, founder of the high-end thrift franchise Random Acts of Kindness, says that when charities refuse to accept people’s old people’s unneeded belongings, then they ask movers to just get rid of them. He says that the desperation is visible. The current generation doesn’t want things that their grandparents have or want, which has resulted in a lot of antiques and heirlooms, once passed down from generation to generation, get tossed aside.

With lots of things to redistribute, professionals try to keep landfills as the last resort, both for sustainability reasons as well as pragmatic ones.  When a company is handling the stuff from a move, bringing them to the dump could end up costing far more than simply donating.

In particular, Minnesota’s Twin Cities are seeing their charities being force to turn stuff away due to the volume of stuff they already got.

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Brent Babcock says that donations to them have nearly doubled in the last half-decade. Notably, the charity doesn’t accept large appliances, mattresses, old TVs, and computers.

This particular charity isn’t the only one that saw a large increase in donations thanks to the increased downsizing. Estate sale firms, meanwhile, have seen a lot of gains from the trend, showing how much downsizing is going on in the US. Twin Cities saw about 4 estate sales on any weekend during the 90s, but now, there’s about 50.

Estate Sales Minnesota’s Dana Arvidson says that it’s extremely busy. So much so, they’re forced to turn down people, since they book six to eight weeks ahead.