Moving Tip #3...How to Edit Your Treasures
Even if you have no plans to move soon, at some point in your life you will want/need to edit your treasures. This isn’t just about (I really don’t like this word) decluttering.
Having recently moved, I experienced the trials and headaches of trying to donate or sell what I no longer needed or wanted, only to discover that others no longer needed or wanted them as well.
Hope these tips help you in editing your treasures…
1. Don’t get your feelings hurt but your children or heirs may not want or even like the things you plan on giving to them.
Years ago I consulted on a Redesign for a couple who had traveled the world. There were all kinds of saved collections they wanted to give to their 2 adult daughters.
Both of these daughters took me aside and told me that they did not want these items. They already had what they wanted to keep as family mementos and didn’t need the other items.
A tip...do what one of my clients did. She placed everything out that she wanted to pass on to her children and had them choose what they wanted at that time. They agreed to take them with them when they left.
2. Understand that some items do have a shelf life.
If you’re holding on to that big VCR player, for example, you need to know that even major charitable organizations will not accept them. We found that some organizations would accept books but not CDs.
There is an online site that will help you find the best places to sell your used CDs but you may receive only 25 cents on some or $5.00 on others.
One of the moving companies I spoke with said that their clients couldn’t give their stuff away because there was a glut of it on the market.
A tip...donate what you can to your local schools or libraries and any organizations that can resell them to help fund their activities.
If you have items that would be of interest to hobbyists and depending upon their size, you could try selling them on eBay. You will reach a broader audience by doing so and you might be surprised at what they may fetch.
3. Some items you have are specific to your region
When we moved from South Florida to Northern Virginia, we knew that our tropical colors and furniture would not suit our colonial style home. We sold or donated them before we moved north.
Some of my clients in South Florida who had moved from the north found out how hard it was to rid themselves of their heavier pieces once the moved to Florida.
A tip...If what you have is very specific to the region where you live and unless you absolutely have to keep it, consider selling it before you leave your area.
4. Over time some items have been replaced by newer pieces based on today’s lifestyles.
For example, people seem to be moving away from the large media/entertainment centers that we used to have now that televisions are the size of wall art and we no longer need all of the equipment we did in the past. They have been replaced with pieces that don’t engulf a room.
In addition, because so many of us use laptops now, many are opting for no desk or at least something that occupies a smaller space.
A tip...Look at your own lifestyle and how it has changed. What pieces do you no longer use or use in a different manner? The longer you wait to make a change, the harder it will be to find a place or someone who will take them.
You don’t have to wait until you are moving to consider some of these tips for editing your treasures. Do it now and it will make that move a lot easier.