Keepers vs. Has-beens: Downsizing and Donations
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.
Some organizations accepting donations of items no longer needed
Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Household Goods Recycling of MA
Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The Salvation Army
Vietnam Vets of America