What to do with unwanted “stuff” when you’re downsizing

In my experience, one of the biggest hurdles to downsizing, or simply moving from one home to the next, is the sorting of your “stuff”.  It’s hard to part with some things even though you don’t need them, and it can take a lot of time to carefully evaluate what you want to keep, what you want to sell and what you want to donate.

Over the years we have developed a list of local resources for finding new homes for “stuff”.  There are places to sell your things, places that accept donations, organizations that will come to your home to pick up donations and companies that will haul the leftovers away.  There is no easy solution, except to get started.  This step truly is the hardest part of your move, yet, it is something completely within your control and something you can work on routinely over time. There are even local businesses that can do this work for you… really!

It is best to complete the sorting, selling and donating prior to listing your home for sale.  Your home is going to show better with less in it and sales can happen fast.  You don’t want to run out of time or rush through the sorting process.

Here are our recommendations:

  • Start sorting your “stuff” today, even before you have a firm moving plan
  • Start small, with one closet, one cabinet or one room
  • Make sorting, decluttering, packing, donating and selling part of your everyday routine
  • Pack moving boxes as you go of items that you are planning to keep but do not need on a day to day basis

We are glad to share our resources with our clients to help you with this difficult task.  Please contact the Lisa Naples Team if we can help you.

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