Let’s face it. We all have it. It piles up over the years and we just seem to accumulate more of it- it’s STUFF! When you are retiring and selling your house to downsize, dealing with your STUFF is the top item on your To Do List. Here are my Top 5 Tips to Deal with Your STUFF!
1. Write a list of all the items you love and can’t live without; it will help you decide what to keep.
2. Talk to your kids before giving them your “family heirlooms”. Most kids today don’t want your crystal, china, etc. Have the conversation with your children before it’s time to downsize.
3. Get an objective opinion. If you can’t decide whether to keep or kiss that dusty Treadmill goodbye, it’s good to have someone who’ll say, ‘Oh, please, you never use that!’ It might just be the kick you need.
4. Don’t throw anything in the garbage. Recycle, reuse, sell and donate instead. Label bins Keep, Sell, Charity, Recycle. As tempting and easy as it is to pitch wire hangers, musty clothes and shabby furnishings, be environmentally responsible and find a home for everything.
5. Give some special items to Beloved neighbors. They are a good source for items that won’t be going to the new home. Ask them to come over and tell you if there’s a favorite item they can take home with them.
With these tips, you can downsize without driving yourself crazy! Before you list the house, consult a professional Realtor who can help you prioritize what needs to be done and what can wait. This real estate consultation can save you stress and time.
About the Author:
Angie Hays is Lead Broker and Associate Broker at Southern Light Realty Group, a Keller Williams Realty Partner in Woodstock, Georgia. A retired Navy veteran, Angie has been in the Cherokee County, Georgia real estate market for a decade. She specializes in residential home sales, first time home Buyers, downsizing Sellers and Military personnel both active and retired. Angie is ABR, SRES, e-PRO certified.