Moving Tip #3…Edit My Treasures? Where Do I Start??

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Moving Tip #3…Edit My Treasures? Where Do I Start??


Whether you have plans to move now or in the future, it helps to get a head start in editing what you have! 


If you are selling, you’ve been told by your agent, stagers, and friends that you need to “declutter.” (I truly don’t like that word)  That’s fine and dandy for others to say but not always easy to do. 


Even the most ardent fan of keeping it simple can find it difficult when they decide to part with their treasures. 


When I moved a few years ago, I learned that many of the items I wanted to donate or sell were no longer needed or wanted...even by charitable organizations.


I hope these tips help you in editing your treasures…


  1. Don’t get your feelings hurt if your children or heirs may not want or even like the things you plan on giving to them.

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. Neither daughter wanted any of it and told me so!

A tip...A client placed everything out that she wanted to pass on to her children and had them choose what they wanted at that time. The agreement was that they had to take the item(s) with them when they left. Everything else was going to be sold or donated.


  1. Some items have shelf lives. 

If you’re holding on to that big VCR player, for example, major charitable organizations may not accept them. We found that some organizations would accept books but not CDs. 

We found 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, you could try selling them on eBay or OfferUp.  You will reach a broader audience by doing so and you might be surprised at what they may fetch. 


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  1. Some accessories and furniture you have may be too region-specific for where you are moving. 

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.


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. 

  1. Times change. How we live and what we use in our homes change as well. 

For example, with televisions the size of artwork, we no longer need the large heavy entertainment centers that take up a whole wall. 


In addition, because so many use laptops, some are opting for no desk or at least something that occupies a smaller space. The large, heavy desk setups may not be as marketable. 


A tip...Look at your own lifestyle and how it has changed.  What pieces are no longer necessary for how you live?

Moving or not, it’s never too early to take a hard look at your treasures. What you really must keep and those items that can be edited!!!

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Comments (20)

Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I would think that anyone moving will soon realize they have too much stuff when they begin to pack it all away, haha.

Sep 05, 2023 05:07 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England most people realize this but as is human nature, we put it off until we must!

Sep 05, 2023 12:08 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - not necessarily easy, but necessary.  For multiple reasons.  

Sep 05, 2023 05:14 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Jacobs I discovered that there is a beautiful calm that exists in your home when you don't have every nook and cranny full of stuff. 

Sep 05, 2023 12:09 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

My great nieces came to visit in February and literally handed me a "list" of what they wanted in my house! Their two little friends with them also made their list! This is only page 1 in my little book!

It was hilarious!! What I Want list

Sep 05, 2023 05:18 AM
Kathy Streib

faye schubert so tell me, were they serious????  Although my niece told me that when had dibs on a purse I had. LOL

Sep 05, 2023 12:10 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Getting ready to move to a smaller home can be a challenge. I have given my wife 5 years to get the task resolved.

Sep 05, 2023 05:56 AM
Kathy Streib

Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754 Good luck!!! I tried the does it give you "joy" thing but it doesn't always work. 

Sep 05, 2023 12:11 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

My first listing had a Baby Grand Piano in it.  It was beautiful.  The owner had passed away and we were trying to empty out the house.  This was during the Great Recession.  We called multiple places trying to donate it.  No one would take it.  There was a huge glut of pianos that could not find a home.  I was shocked when they said they were even taking some to the dump.  We did find a home for the piano, but it was not easy!

Sep 05, 2023 06:09 AM
Kathy Streib

Exactly what I mean Ray Henson We couldn't get our local donation places in FL to take a lot of our things. The moving people told me that a lot of people were having that trouble. 

Sep 05, 2023 12:12 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Kathy, No doubt about it, whether you're considering a relocation somewhere down the road, taking proactive steps to refine your current possessions can be quite advantageous!

Sep 05, 2023 06:48 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 We get busy with our current day to day activities but it is something to try to set aside time for. 

Sep 05, 2023 12:13 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:


Great tips and information. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week!

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties


Sep 05, 2023 06:49 AM
Kathy Streib

Bill Salvatore - East Valley Thank you!!!  Have you done some editing?

Sep 05, 2023 12:14 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week!

Sep 05, 2023 06:52 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® Hope you're enjoying your week. 

Sep 05, 2023 12:15 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Loved all the suggestions, Kathy! I decided some time ago that when I die, the kids can figure out what to keep or not! 

Sep 05, 2023 06:56 AM
Kathy Streib

LOL Nina Hollander, Broker I would have thought that you had it all written down!! LOL   My client whose daughters wanted nothing she had was a military wife and had traveled everywhere. She must have had a hundred marble eggs as well as a 4 foot tall  Dutch windmill. 

Sep 05, 2023 12:17 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Kathy,

Yet another reminder that I need to purge!  Other than furniture and a few kitchen items, I suspect no one is going to want most of the stuff I have. Max and I collected things as we traveled. They have value to me, of course, but not to anyone else. I do need to get serious about sorting, selling, donating, and dumping.

Sep 05, 2023 06:58 AM
Kathy Streib

Carol Williams Start with a timer and set it for an hour. Pick one drawer, closet, box, whatever. Then have a reward for yourself when the timer goes off. 

Sep 05, 2023 12:19 PM
Carol Williams

That's a good idea, Kathy Streib 
Unfortunately, those hour jobs turn into 2 or 3-hour jobs because of the mess I make getting stuff out to sort through. 🤪

After Max passed away, I was committed to filling the garbage can each week. I did that for a while but that went by the wayside too.  I either need to get back to it or get a smaller trash can. LOL 

Sep 05, 2023 12:45 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I do not mind the word declutter (if only because the public now knows what we mean). I think if you do not often use it, throw it away or donate!

Sep 05, 2023 07:00 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty in my mind what I tell myself when I'm having difficulty getting rid of something is that if I donate it, someone else can use and enjoy it. 

Sep 05, 2023 12:20 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy and great information to share with us here in the Rain.  Moving is always a job to get done.


Sep 05, 2023 09:52 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm it can be a big chore if you put it off until you move. 

Sep 05, 2023 12:25 PM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

It’s a great post. Thank you for sharing!


Have a super fantastic week!

Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP

Sep 05, 2023 10:35 AM
Kathy Streib

Joe Jackson Thank you. I'm glad that you liked it. 

Sep 05, 2023 12:25 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, great tips, and moving is a process, and you have to be pretty organized.

Sep 05, 2023 12:12 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I will most likely be downsizing in the not to distant future, and there will be a lot of treasures that will need to go.  So this blog has some very helpful tips.

Sep 05, 2023 01:40 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

So true Kathy Streib having just moved, I can share you are spot on.
Times have changed.

When we go, our stuff becomes divvied, donated, or dumped.
We see it all the time in real estate with trust and probate sales.

Sep 05, 2023 06:13 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I'm convinced I have lived in my home almost too long - 40 years.  A couple weeks ago, when I had the motor to my HVAC system burn up, it became important for the firemen and I to remove boxes on the shelves in my computer room, and also under a cabinet in another closet.  They needed access to the attic space and the crawl space, to make certain fire hadn't spread.  Before putting these boxes back, after everything had calmed down, I went through them, to see what was inside.  Two boxes held old software.  Can you believe I found diskettes for Windows 98.  There were also many diskettes I had saved documents and photos too.  However, when I realized I had already transferred any needed files (photos, documents, etc.) to an external hard-drive, I went about the business of trashing those ole diskettes.  There were literally hundreds of them.  

Sep 07, 2023 06:21 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I've had many yard sales over the years, sold on ebay,  and donated a lot of unwanted items. I have found that when I've asked my kids if they want anything, the answer is rarely yes. It is true that most people saving the stuff for the next generation would find, if they asked, the next generation doesn't want the stuff.

Sep 08, 2023 07:30 AM
Personal Engagement,Precision, and Professionalism

Kathy Streib  - Thank You for your post.  This will help me go through my items...and I agree...important to ask yourself, does this still need to be in my life based on my lifestyle now? If not, donate, or say goodbye to it asap! (not really but you know what I mean?)  💙

Sep 09, 2023 10:03 PM