What Do I Do With All This Stuff?

On: April 3, 2017

By Diane Kauffman, Marketing & Sales Manager 

As we grow more mature, we begin to need less stuff. I have noticed this about myself. Having moved several years ago, I had already begun to downsize –  reducing the number of belongings filling my closets and drawers. Now, as I am even closer to retirement age, I look around my home and find that it is again time to declutter – basically downsizing without the move.

Once I had closets full of appliances, household items, and serving pieces. I always loved to collect old cut glass pieces. I won’t even go into the odds and ends my family and I stored in our basement because we might need them someday! Although many of the items were special to us in the past and I lovingly stored them away, they now rarely ever see the light of day. I recently realized it’s time for us to part with them.

Like when I moved, I plan to use the same system I used then to reduce my current stuff. I start out by categorizing my belongings into four areas – items I’ll keep, share, sell, and donate. This helps easily determine what I’ll keep, what I’ll part with and how I’ll dispose of it.

I’m keeping some pieces for their sentimental value and one day I plan to share them with my daughter, such as my cut glass pieces. I received my first set of cut glass from my grandmother’s friend who was downsizing just as I was getting married in the 1970s. I still think of my grandmother and her friend every time I use one of the items. I hope my daughter will think of me every time she uses a piece in the future!

I plan to sell some of my belongings through an online auction site, while others I’ll donate to a non-profit organization, such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army. I no longer need these items, but somebody else might find them useful. By selling them, I can put a few extra dollars in my pocket for an upcoming vacation and donating the others will allow me to receive a tax deduction. Plus, a wonderful non-profit organization will receive funding through the sale of the items!

Downsizing is a process and I’ve been working on this for a while. If you are just getting started or feel you need some help, consider hiring an expert in this field. An expert can help you make good decisions about what to keep and what to discard. They can also transport items to sell, donate, or recycle.

I must admit, it feels great to get rid of the stuff I no longer need or use and to simplify my life!

You are invited to The Hickman on Wednesday, April 5 at 5:30 p.m. to learn more about downsizing and decluttering from Moving Solutions. This month’s column was written by Diane Kauffman, Marketing and Sales Manager.

Printed in the Daily Local News, April 3, 2017