What to Keep, Give Away, Sell or Throw out
No matter who or what, downsizing is not easy. Sorting through stacks of boxes, jammed closets, unused rooms delegated as “catch-alls” can be overwhelming and emotionally exhausting. But there is a bright side to downsizing – the release of all those things that weigh you down can in fact be the catharsis you need to begin your new life!
What to Keep:
- Focus on what you want to bring with you and how you envision your new life. Keep what’s most important. You can re-address your downsizing again if this doesn’t quite fit your new space;
- Remember to take a selection of those things that are reminiscent of home and give you a sense of comfort;
- Create scrapbooks of loose pictures and memories and commit to just a certain few.
What to Give Away:
- Offer valuable and keepsakes to family members first; Charities with pick-up services are
helpful and it feels good to know someone else will benefit from your selections;
- Goodwill, Clothesline, Red Cross, libraries, churches and schools also may appreciate your give aways;
- Clothing that is clean, folded and wearable, gently used furniture, loved books, blankets, even food items with the expiry date still current are options.
What could I sell?
- Understanding that we tend to over-value what we’re attached to, be realistic on what to ask for items;It may be helpful to secure an appraiser to determine value of items that you wish to sell online;
- Host a garage sale with help from family, friends or be part of a neighborhood garage sale. Garden tools, and household tools are popular; towels and linens, ornaments, decorations, small pieces of furniture, costume jewelry etc kitchenware – all create a popular mix of garage sale items;
- If you have valuable antiques, consider an estate sale or auction house.
Throwing it out!
- This can be a difficult consideration, but realizing it’s day has come and gone, throw out items which are chipped, broken or dirty and unsafe;
- Old magazines, newspapers, and dated books not only rob space but can be a fire hazard: recycle your paper products;
- Out of date clothing, shoes, boots.
…and now, breathe – and reward yourself with a treat!!!