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What to do with your family treasures

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January 2nd, 2018
An old rocking chair.

An old rocking chair.

We all have a piece of furniture or an object that’s valuable to us, even if it’s not worth a great deal of money. I like to think of these objects as “family treasures.” Your treasure may be a rocking chair that belonged to your mother, a hope chest that’s been in your family for generations, or a set of dishes you received as a wedding gift.

Downsizing doesn’t mean that you have to part with all of your cherished belongings. In this month’s column, I’ll discuss how your Erickson Living personal moving consultant can help you make room for your family treasures.

Planning for a smaller space

Many of my clients bring treasured items and furniture with them to Seabrook, an Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, N.J. Before they move, I meet with them to create a schematic of their new floor plan. Together, we determine which items will fit and where they will work best. It’s important to plan ahead and know exactly where everything will go before you move.

What to do with your remaining items

Fortunately, there are many options for donating, selling, or otherwise disposing of items you no longer want or need. Your Erickson Living personal moving consultant can connect you with trusted auctioneers, estate sale companies, charitable organizations, and more. 

How to get started 

When downsizing, I advise my clients to begin with closets, cabinets, and drawers. Start by downsizing clutter, then move on to bigger items like furniture. Above all, start early. The more time you give yourself, the more selective you can be in terms of selling, donating, and keeping your treasures.

Tip of the month: Adjust your mindset

When downsizing to a smaller space, it’s important to adjust your mindset. You can’t and don’t want to bring everything with you. When you walk through your door, you want to see a beautiful home that’s not overly furnished, but familiar and inviting.