Make someone feel special by donating what you love

Created date

September 27th, 2019
A woman unrolls a a ream of bubble wrap while standing over a cardboard box for moving.

Donating your belongings can be an emotional experience, but it’s also an act of love and generosity.

The objects in our homes are often filled with meaning. A special piece of jewelry may remind you of a favorite relative while a set of china may bring back happy memories of your wedding day. The idea of parting with these items can feel overwhelming.

Fortunately, your Erickson Living personal moving consultant can help you downsize, donate, or even sell your belongings, so they can find a new life with someone who will treasure them as much as you do.

How to start downsizing

One of the most stressful parts of any move is determining which items to bring with you and which to donate. Many of my clients at Tallgrass Creek, an Erickson Living community in Overland Park, Kans., are eager to downsize and simplify their lives but don’t know how to start. That’s where I come in. 

As a personal moving consultant, I can come right to your door for a home visit. You can show me around your house and tell me about the things that concern you most. Together, we’ll come up with a plan of action tailored to your specific needs. Once you select your apartment home, I’ll help you measure your furniture and plan for space, so you know exactly what to take with you and what to downsize.

Making your donations count

What happens after you make the decision to downsize? The most common question I hear from clients is about what to do with all the items they no longer want or need. 

Many of us dream of passing our heirlooms and collectables down to younger generations. However, due to changing tastes and lifestyles, our children and grandchildren may not want our furniture, silver, or formal china. 

Your personal moving consultant can help you donate your items to others who will value them. We work with a number of organizations and local charities in need of books, furniture, fabric, and more. You can feel good knowing the items you love are making a difference.

Sell vs. donate

For items of value, you may want to consider an estate sale or auction. Here at Tallgrass Creek, I work with several preferred companies that can help you stage a sale or auction your belongings online. 

Planning a sale on your own is a big undertaking, especially in the middle of a move. These trusted professionals take the stress and the hassle off your hands so you have one less task on your to-do list.

A second life for your treasures

Whether you sell, auction, or donate your items, you’re giving them a chance at a second life. You’re also providing others with the opportunity to appreciate your treasures. 

Several of my clients at Tallgrass Creek donated their tools to the community woodshop, so they and others can continue enjoying them. Other residents have donated professional clothes to organizations like Dress for Success. One resident even gave a large book collection to a local library that had been hit by a flood. Now more people than ever are able to read and enjoy these special books. 

The gift of donating

Donating your belongings can be an emotional experience, but it’s also an act of love and generosity. Think of your donations as a gift you’re giving to another person or family. Your treasures will be a part of new traditions and contribute to wonderful, new memories.

Here’s a tip

When donating items of sentimental value, I always recommend taking a photo first. Organize your photos into a memory book or save them on your phone or computer, where you can look at them anytime you like.