Downsizing is often met with mixed emotions. On the one hand, you have the opportunity to get rid of everything that has been weighing you down and cluttering your property. On the other hand, it can be quite sad and difficult to get rid of items with memories.
Before you spring-clean your entire home and get rid of things that you might regret, here is a list of items that you should hold onto:
- Crucial Documents
Don’t throw out your banking documents, diplomas, medical certificates, legal paperwork or birth certificates when you clear out your home. Keep them in a neat binder so that they don’t get lost during the move.
Believe it or not, before we all had a smartphone with a camera in our pockets, we used to print pictures! Old family photo albums and envelopes with pictures shouldn’t be discarded as they may contain memories that you (or future generations) would want to hold onto.
Even if you are moving into a brand-new home, you may need a tape measure, power drill or screwdrivers to get everything up and running the way you want it. Be sure to keep your tools aside when you start sorting through all your belongings.
Giving away books or donating them to charity is a great way to free up space, but it is important to carefully go through the books you are thinking of letting go. You may have children’s books that your grandkids would want to read or you might miss the delicious recipes from your cookbooks.
Jerry’s Antiques and Estate Sales consists of a team of estate appraisers that offer house clean outs to help you when you are getting ready to downsize. We service the entire Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania), particularly in Livingston, Cedar Grove, and Westfield. Contact us for more information today.