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Life Transitions Made Easier

We know that, sometimes, our customers are dealing with big life milestones. Whether moving into a new house, getting ready to go to college, renovating an outdated space, or dealing with an empty nest – it can be challenging to part with long-loved household items and memorabilia. Which is why we’re here to help when help is required. We want to help make these transitions easier and as stress-free as possible.

Here are some helpful tips to consider when dealing with a few of life’s milestones, and how to part with the items you know you no longer need.

Empty Nest

It can be hard for a children, even grown children, to say goodbye to the toys, mementos, and furniture that defined their childhood. A good way to approach the process is to let them spend some time with their items and take the time to reminiscence and share stories. Offer to let them have whatever they want to keep, and then consider working together to donate gently used items to a worthy charity or local family. Keep sotrage to a minimum. Place all keepsakes that can’t be take immediately in one memory box, so that an entire room doesn’t become the junktion for every single school project and sports trophy.  

Downsizing

If you’re moving to a smaller space, and having a hard time deciding what to keep and what to give away, ask yourself “do I remember exactly what this is from?” and “why is it important to me?” Asking these questions will make it easier to part with pieces – especially if you know that you will eventually have to part with it.

Moving in Together

With your partner, take some time to make an inventory of your stuff – but do it individually. Then, combine your lists and get rid of the superfluous items before you combine your lives. Inventory will also give you a chance to declutter in preparation for your move, or for someone to move in.

Remember to be kind. Your boyfriend may have sentimental attachment to his uncle’s joke bagpipe set, or your girlfriend may have been gifted those crochet coasters from her great aunt. Just remember: no one really needs two blenders.

Renovating

Moving into a renovated home space offers a myriad of perks, but a new floor plan can make it harder to accomodate old possessions, especially if you’re excited to redecorate and start fresh. The first step to ensuring your furniture will fit into your new space is to make sure you’re certain of the dimensions and size of each room and its desired furniture pieces. Make a floor plan and map out where everything will go.

Take the time to go through your furniture and belongings and decide what you want to keep and what you want to donate. Keep in mind that just because your space has changed, doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything you own. Think about what you really need, and which items you really love, and whether or not they fits within the dimensions of your new space.

If you are worried about giving away an item, see if a relative is interesting in a long-term hold, or even consider gifting it to a loved one. Many younger family members will jump at the chance for new furniture, while older relatives would be happy to take on heirlooms and other older mementos.

 

Written by Vanessa Woznow

 

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