Downsizing - Do It Yourself?

Downsizing – Do It Yourself?

Are you or someone you know considering an environmental change that involves relocating? People are living longer, healthier, and more active lives than any generation in history and this gracefully aging group encounters different problems associated with changes than were realized by past generations. Longer, more active lives, fewer children, and increased mobility mean that the extended family that was dependend upon in the past, may not be available to provide the personal coaching needed to sort through a life-time collection of treasures. How do you begin to identify what to keep, and what to toss, what to donate, and what to pass on as you consider furniture, memorabilia, antiques and personal items? As someone once said, “By the years, life is hard. By the inch, it’s a cinch.” The same advice applied here. Start by breaking this monumental job into doable tasks.

First identify what your sort options are for off loading things: donation, passed down to relatives, garage sale, consignment shop, antique dealer and toss. As you conduct your sort, list each items on a 3 x 5 card and group the cards into appropriate categories.

Next, consider every piece of furniture you own. Ask yourself? “Does this hold functional value, sentimental value, or aesthetic value?” Set a standard you will live with. If you like be surrounded by items that carry meaning for you, determine how you will choose what goes and what stays. Does it need to be functional and sentimental? Does it need to be only functional? Might you have two pieces that serve the same function, thereby allowing you to part with them. Is resale value important to you? If so, consider the amount of money each piece might bring and weigh that against its present value to you. The answer to these questions will be different for everyone. It’s important that you establish measurement tools that you’d be comfortable with.

After furniture, tackle appliances and assign each to its appropriate lot. Appliances usually carry a more practical than sentimental value and are easier to determine what to keep or leave, depending on what you will need in your new location. Once you decide an item will not be needed, you just have to decide whether it will go in the donate, sell, or toss category.

Now that the big things have been allocated, you need to sort through all your other possessions. That included dishes, clothes, utensils, collectibles, decorative items and an endless list of stuff that at one time seemed necessary. Each of these items can be considered in light of the amount of room in your new location, the amount of furniture you have retained, and other storage parameters.

Your last task will be to physically relocate these items, call a household sale company, make arrangements with a consignment shop, or deliver pieces to chosen individuals. Some or all of these tasks can be easier to manage by hiring a professional who can function as a “surrogate” family member and has experience in guiding you through the practical parameters of a relocation decision.

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Source by Dawn E Provan

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