We most certainly invoke this proverb when we’re downsizing or contemplating any type of move, trolling through closets, or creating piles for “give away,” “donate” or simply “throw away.”
If we’ve lived in a home for any length of time, chances are we’ve accumulated a significant amount of “stuff” that we have simply learned to live with – or feel we can’t live without.
For those things that we either purchased or were given to us that hold an emotional value, professional organizer Sara Fisher recommends taking a photograph or writing down what it is about an object that pushes our emotional buttons, and then letting it go. “If you’re moving to a smaller home, do you really need to take your grown son’s football equipment?” she asks.
Television programs such as “Antiques Roadshow,” “Pawn Stars” and “Storage Wars,” illustrate just how out-of-control our relationship with stuff has become. It may be perfectly acceptable to store seasonal items in a basement or off-site storage unit, but items that haven’t seen the light of day for several decades (or several moves) might be better off in someone else’s home.
How do we decide what to keep and what to discard? Follow these simple steps:
- Take inventory in each room and write down the items that you absolutely cannot live without, and those that you may consider parting with.
- Measure your new home to see what large items will fit and what may need to be left behind (this step could be a tie-breaker for items you’re just not sure about).
- Enlist a friend or family member to help you begin sorting, thinning and paring your possessions. Or, consider a professional organizer, who tends to be more objective.
- Set up boxes for items to Donate, Give Away (to family/friends), Toss/Recycle and Keep, and apply these labels to items in every room.
- Consider contracting with an estate planner if you have furniture, collectibles or other items of value that you don’t plan to use in your new home. Extra cash in hand is easier to move than large items, and a financial payoff might ease the sorrow of parting.
Each Windsong active retirement community was designed to help Boomers enjoy the next chapter in their lives, with neighbors who share similar life-stage experiences, walkable streets and a private fitness center in the clubhouse that encourage activity and interaction with neighbors, and home designs that maximize accessibility, minimize hassles and provide opportunities to enjoy an active lifestyle without sacrificing style or luxury.
If you’re searching for the perfect place to call home, remember Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!