Moving Tip #3...How to Edit Your Treasures

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Moving Tip #3...How to Edit Your Treasures

Even if you have no plans to move soon, at some point in your life you movingwill 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.

 

newer television2. 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 large wall unitbased 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.

 

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Hi Kathy Streib - I helped my father pack up his home and we shipped all the "treasures" to my house from KY to CA.  All the kids came over and we went by oldest to youngest and picked what we wanted ...one by one.  My father loved watching the process. 

Mar 05, 2019 02:43 PM #21
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Kathy you need to back up, my VCR and 8 Track player are VERY desirable timeless items

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Kathy Streib  I always say I will never move again but I do . Great tips !

Mar 05, 2019 05:20 PM #23
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Gabe Sanders here's the key...make her think it's all her idea!!!

Nina Hollander someone told me that her client was willing to give her furniture away but because she was in a condo up high, no one was willing to come and get it. 

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Wayne Martin I thought I'd scaled down with our move to Houston but there are some items I could have not moved. 

faye schubert I get it. My nieces have their own homes now and don't want to "junk up' their own homes. 

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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR you're smart to do so!!! I was just speaking with my good friend today. She and I love dishes(lots of them!)  But we both are liking the less is more look now. 

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS it's so hard when you've worked hard to collect the things you really like only to find yourself wondering how to get rid of them. 

 

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson my problem is the larger my purse, the more I carry. I now have a small purse I take when I'm just running errands. 

Myrl Jeffcoat it's tough to handle but what we treasure may not mean that much to our heirs. I would rather my nieces take one item each that means a lot to them than take things that they think they should hold on to. 

 

Mar 05, 2019 07:37 PM #27
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Michael Jacobs it's important for any homeowner to think about what they currently have and if they should consider making a change, even if they have no plans to move in the near future. 

Brian England hoarders have other serious problems, don't they?! Thank you for your kind words. 

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Sharon Lee you were lucky to get someone to take them. 

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty and some I should follow more closely myself!

Barbara Todaro the large, heavy, wall-encompassing pieces are falling out of favor. 

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Ginny Gorman smart of you to have already given it to them. I've been giving my nieces some items.

Sharon Tara That is such a shame. We had a 4 piece Sligh desk unit that was not inexpensive. We ended up taking out the part that held the desk top computer and brought the rest here. It works for our study. Otherwise we would have probably had to just have someone haul it away and we couldn't stand having it add to the trash heap. 

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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 Larry sold many of his RC plane motos and some audio pieces. Furniture is the hardest I think. 

Beth Atalay We donated a lot in Delray to AVDA but at some point they were getting so much of people "stuff" that they said they were only accepting gently worn clothing. 

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Will Hamm I think that sentiment is being echoed in many homes. 

Roy Kelley I hear you!!! I like using the silver because it's easy to care for. But I can't tell you the last time I used the good crystal. 

 

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel That was very kind of you to spare her feelings. I've done that too because what harm does it do?! 

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® that's the way to handle it. 

George Souto I understand, I used to love my VCR!!! Never had an 8 Track player though. 

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Hannah Williams I've moved a lot and sometimes I can't remember if I gave something away or what happened to it. 

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Morning Kathy.

I do not hold onto things I no longer use.  My wife on the other hand can't let a lot of things go.  Our garage is her holding area.  Hopefully, she'll get rid of most of the items once me move again

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Hi Kathy,
What you say is so true!  When our kids were young and just setting up their own homes they took ALL of our hand me downs.  They have their own stuff now and have no interest in it. I suppose one should look for those who are trying to set up house and aren't picky about decor at that point. 

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Oh boy, touchy when a relative wants to gift stuff they consider treasures. My mom kept wanting Cheri ( my sis ) and me to take all the old antique glassware from her mom. Seriously, we wouldn't use it, and we really don't have room for it. We negotiated it down to several pieces that I do get out at holidays - just for mom.  I let our kids know when we are getting rid of a big item, or furniture - they get first dibs. If they don't want it - away it goes. I"m not sentimental about stuff. Although, I do have three large suitcases filled with my children's paintings, letters, school work with gold stars and A's, stelllar report cards, and the like. Won't they be surprised one day. :) 

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We still have some big huge speakers stuck in a closet because someone doesn't want to get rid of them (not me). We don't even need them anymore and they take up so much space. 

I'm all for editing treasures!

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Hi Kathy: My husband has 5,000+ CDs and will not part with any of them. In fact, he says whenever we get around to retiring, we will need to sell our cute little 1100 sq. ft. house in Kona and buy something much bigger because there is no room for his "stuff."

I've suggested counseling, and I've argued, pleaded, sent him articles about similar obsessive compulsive disorders, and nothing seems to work.

He was offended by the 8-foot high, 2-feet deep storange cabinets I put in our den to organize and store his "stuff" so stacks of National Geographic or Consumer Report magazines have somewhere else to live but the floor.

I'm considering a house maybe with a basement where I don't have to look at it.

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Hi Kathy:

Those are some great tips. Getting rid of treasures is not always an easy thing to do, and family often is not willing, able or interested. Just getting rid of stuff in general can be a challenge, and it takes times.

We've taken pictures of things we have that either belong to the kids (amazing we still have some of that) or think they might want so they can let us know if they want it or not...and we can deal with it accordingly.

It's amazing how much stuff is in the second hand stores and other places that take donations. Thank goodness there are places like this, although some are getting fussier about what they will and will not take.

Jeff

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