To Keep or Not to Keep

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Real Estate Agent with Renown Realty and Property Management BRE# 01762146

After helping a family member move who lived in the house for over 35 years, I learned an important lesson. We keep too much stuff. We all need to go through our garages or any storage area and take a look at what we store there. If it is not seasonal decoration and you haven’t used it in the last 6 months, throw it out! Do your family a favor. Also if you are thinking about getting one of those storage units for your stuff, you need to think whether or not the stuff is worth the money you will be shelling out to store it or would it be better to save the money and replace the stuff later.

We threw away tons of stuff that was stored. A lot of stuff was just junk. Sometimes before we even store things we need to evaluate whether is it valuable enough to store or just toss it now. Also there are things we think of as memories. Items from our past with some meaning to us. Well either keep them where you can view them or toss them. You children will not share the same value of items from your high school past unless of course they have monetary value.

So just some food for thought. Go through your stuff and keep what is worth it and toss the rest. You never know when you might move and its a pain to have so much junk. And remember when you move don’t take junk to store. Use this time to get rid of it now.

Comments (4)

Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Bryan,  thanks for reminding me..I 've been meaning to clean out my garage and get rid of a lot of old stuff and just put it off....definitely have to put it on my to do list.

Nov 23, 2011 06:37 PM
Bryan Stephens
Renown Realty and Property Management - La Sierra, CA
Looking for Homes in the IE Call Today - Inland Em
Its definately a good thing to do. My own garage needs some work too. Do it while its easy. Too many years equals way too much work. Days to weeks worth of work.
Nov 23, 2011 06:51 PM
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

My brother had a simple rule, and one I try to observe: when getting something new, one should throw/give away something old.

This way, you'll never build up clutter.

De-cluttering is an ongoing challenge. But if one wants to simplify, it must be done....

Nov 23, 2011 06:53 PM
Bryan Stephens
Renown Realty and Property Management - La Sierra, CA
Looking for Homes in the IE Call Today - Inland Em
Thats always good advise. Sometimes hard to follow, but if you do it saves you a ton of work later.
Nov 24, 2011 05:08 AM