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What to do with your collectibles

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September 14th, 2018

Many of us enjoy collecting and displaying items that have special significance—from jewelry to coins to antique toys and dolls. In my work as a personal moving consultant, I’ve even seen a remarkable collection of signed historical documents! It’s understandable, then, for collectors to feel reluctant or just plain overwhelmed by the idea of downsizing. 

In this column, I’ll discuss the steps you can take to get started and preserve your memories without sacrificing space.

Finding the right home for your items

Over time, our collectibles can begin to feel like extensions of ourselves. They remind us of family, friends, and special moments in our lives. It can feel all the more heartbreaking when younger generations don’t want or don’t have room to take these treasures.

Fortunately, there are plenty of people out there who will cherish your collectibles just as much as you do. Your Erickson Living personal moving consultant can connect you with antiques dealers, auctioneers, eBay specialists, and others who will find a good home for the items you love.

How to start downsizing

Downsizing a large collection can feel like a daunting task. That’s why I often refer my clients to a trusted senior move manager. These experienced professionals understand the emotional impact of downsizing and work with you to make the experience as stress-free as possible.

Additionally, your Erickson Living personal moving consultant will help you plan for space in your new home. We’re happy to recommend solutions like custom shelving for curios, lighting for artwork, and furniture that serves dual functions, such as a TV stand that doubles as a display cabinet.

Preserving your precious memories

One creative way to preserve your collection is to make a “memory book.” Similar to a scrapbook or photo album, this book can be filled with pictures of your treasures and the stories that make them special. Keep it on your coffee table where you can flip through it from time to time. Here’s the best part: your memory book can be passed from generation to generation without taking up valuable space.