I don’t want to sound morbid, but it’s important to broach this topic. Have you thought about what is going to happen to the boxes of untouched items in your attic when you pass? Most people use their basements or attics to store family artifacts, unused home items and more, but when the time comes for you to journey to the other side, someone in your family will be responsible for managing, donating or throwing away those items. Let’s start by talking about the 5 things to get rid of in storage before you die.
I know, I know. You’re saving these items for your children…and their children. Those cute baby clothes? Oh yes, your daughter who is now six-years-old will certainly dress her future child in them, right? While it is a sweet sentiment, it’s important to be realistic. What will your children or grandchildren not appreciate?
Here is a list of items that are currently of no value in the marketplace other than your sentimental heart. This is a great place to start when thinking of downsizing and not leaving it to your children.
- China – When was the last time you used your own china when entertaining? If you use it, it is usually at a holiday dinner. The millennials do not want your china or your Grandmother’s china. Sad as it may be, they are not a sentimental generation. When was the last time you saw china listed on a bridal register? The bride and groom may list everyday dishes, but a formal china pattern is not usually listed.
- Brown Furniture – The ornate, heavy, real wood furniture that we grew up with is like an anchor to your children. They would rather shop at IKEA than have the kind of furniture they grew up with.
- Silver – As sad as it is, this is another category that no one wants. If it is real silver, you may consider selling it for its silver value and lighten your load.
- Toys – Look at eBay to see what heirloom toys are worth. Trends change, and what was once a popular toy (hello, Beanie Babies!), may be of no value today.
- Books – They weigh you down. Everyone has different taste in books so why keep them? Yes, sentimental ones or first editions of a book you do re-read can be kept, but I am talking about your college textbooks, or books you read once. Pass those on and either use your kindle or borrow a book from the library.
What else can you downsize and not leave as a burden to your children? They will love you all the more!
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