Five tips to downsize and live a simpler, happier life
So you're settled in happily at a senior community, but you still have a ton of old things to get rid of. Here are some tips to help you take care of this as painlessly as possible:
Determine if you need storage
Storage is for items that are important to your parent or family, but that won’t fit in your parent’s new home, or a relative’s home. If there are any items meeting these criteria, find a safe affordable place to store them. Remember, storage is not for miscellaneous errata you’re not sure what to do with…That’s what the next steps are for.
Have a yard sale
If you’re hoping to raise money, perhaps to help finance your parent’s move, start with a yard sale. This will help you see off some items while raising cash simultaneously.
Invite family over
Invite relatives, neighbors and friends over to pick through remaining items for anything they might like. The more people you invite, the more items you’ll be able to clear out.
Donate. Donate. Donate
If you have items that no one bought and no relative or neighbor wanted to take off your hands, consider donating to a thrift store or another charity. This will help clear the clutter, while simultaneously making the world a better place. As an added incentive, don’t forget you’re your donations may be tax deductible. Furthermore, many charities will pick up large objects (such as broken down cars) that you are unable to move yourself.
Take it to the dump
Items that you couldn’t sell or give away are probably certifiable junk. After donating and selling everything possible you can head for the local dump or transfer station without a guilty conscience. Just make sure to separate recyclables (such as home electronics) from the trash that goes into the landfill. If there is too much junk for you to single-handedly take to the dump, consider calling a junk disposal service.
Clearing out unwanted things can be an emotional, daunting task, but know that if you haven't used it within the past year, chances are you can live without it! Getting rid of unnecessary things is a great first step in leading a simpler, hassle-free lifestyle, so enjoy it!
**Pictured: Maple Suites resident Julia S.
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