Downsizing? 4 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Unwanted Stuff
Downsizing before a move can be both liberating and overwhelming. But for seniors who have acquired many possessions over the years, it can be an especially daunting task. Seniors planning a move into smaller living spaces should begin the downsizing process about 90 days before moving, says Greg Gunderson, owner and president of Gentle Transitions, a senior relocation services company located in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
"The most time-consuming part is the decision-making process," Gunderson says. But even after deciding what stays and what goes, Gunderson says one question remains: "What's the best way to get rid of the items I don't want?" From donating a book collection to selling a grand piano, here are four ways to give possessions a new home.
Hold an estate sale. Partner with an estate sales group that can facilitate the auction or sale of belongings at the home.
Contact an auction house. Consider letting an auction house take over the sale of high-end valuables such as antique furniture, artwork or collectibles.
Donate to a charity. Thinking about passing some possessions to those in need? Call the charity (for example Salvation Army, Goodwill) in advance to give them a list of the items that will be donated.
Hire a paper-shredding service. Because financial, bank and private documents can contain confidential information, Gunderson says it's important to practice caution when removing them from the home.
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