Downsizing and De-cluttering with Heart

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Everyone moves at some time in their life. It may be a move across country for work or a move to be near kids or grandchildren. Perhaps you are downsizing from your current home and moving into a more manageable space.

Unless you are planning a move to a larger home, the frequent question I get is, “What do I do with all this stuff?” It is amazing how over the years we collect “stuff” just because there is room for it. More often than not, we have kept things we do not have the heart to throw away.

Take your time; downsizing and clearing does not all have to be done in one day. It took years to collect and it may take a while to figure out where it all should go.
The art of downsizing

So many of the items we collect over time have sentimental meaning—your son’s graduation gown, your daughter’s ballet slippers when she was five, your grandmother’s dining room table. It is hard to let go of things that have strong emotional attachments. But what do you do with them?

If you are having a difficult time deciding, there are skilled de-cluttering and organizing professionals like Habitat for Your Sanity who will lovingly help you through the sifting process.

The easiest first step is to give sentimental items to family members. Your son may just love that dining room table and would be thrilled to have it. Family members are a great first start and are often honored to have something that carries family heritage.

Places to donate locally

If you have sold what you can and found homes for some of your furniture and personal treasures, you can also donate items to a non-profit resale organization. Not only will you get a nice deduction for your income taxes (be sure to get a receipt) but you also help support your favorite charity or cause.

In my community, personal favorite is The Estate Store located at 510 Columbia Street, SW 98501, in downtown Olympia, WA. All proceeds from The Estate Store benefit Senior Services for South Sound. For more information about donating items or to schedule a pick up for furniture, please call The Estate Store at 360-515-0965.

There are many more non-profits and charities in Thurston County that will gladly take your usable items, and often have an easy drop-off location or a pick-up service.

Thurston County has a Reusable Materials Exchange at where you can sell items at low cost or make them available for free. It is a great way to recycle items and get them to people who are looking for just what you have.

Over more than two decades, I have helped clients find just the right home or sell their current one. Through the lows and highs of the housing market and the ups and downs of home prices and inventory, the skill of a trusted adviser will help you successfully purchase or sell your home.