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Downsizing and Donations

Keepers vs. Has-beens

Bookshelf filled with old well read books

About downsizing and more...

  • Letting go of “stuff” accumulated over the years sounds difficult, but feelsliberating.
  • Most of us own lots of items we haven’t paid any attention to in years—ordecades. Don’t let your attachment to things overwhelm you.
  • It’s a process that brings memories of our pasts while helping us define what’s most important now.
  • Focus on the excitement of a new place and plunge in, selecting those gems that mean most to you.

Ways to make the sorting and selection process easier:

  • Start by knowing the new living space you’ll have; visit there and get a “feel” for it.
  • Enlist relatives or friends to help make decisions choosing items and lighten the load.
  • Choose a few pieces you treasure most, including sentimental ones that say “home”.
  • Select only those accessories you find beautiful, meaningful and functional.
  • Books are heavy and take up space, so keep your favorites and donate the others.
  • Keep only clothes, shoes and accessories that flatter you; donate or toss out the rest.
  • Think multi-purpose: ottomans with storage can tuck under tables, be used as coffee tables or placed at the end of the bed; drop-leaf dining tables can expand for entertaining; a buffet can hold a TV and provide storage underneath.
  • Offer items to your family members and friends now—it’s gratifying (and practical)
  • Face it: everyone has junk; use a service like 1-800-GOT-JUNK to take it all away.

Organizations Accepting Donations

SALMON Health and Retirement