Have you lived in your home for a long time? If you feel “stuck” because you just can’t imagine what you’ll do with all your stuff when you move, read on to get some good ideas about how to make the moving process less stressful!
One of the most challenging things about moving is figuring out what to do with all of your stuff, right?! That favorite old chair that’s seen its better days? The huge desk you said you’d never move again. The college textbooks you are sure your kids will use. Should you take time to sell things you know you should probably part with? Or donate them? Is Facebook Marketplace better than Craigslist? What about OfferUp and Freecycle? How do you decide what’s best to keep? Saying goodbye to a house you’ve lived in for a long time may be hard. The move can be compounded by having to give up a lot of your sentimental items, too. Below, we discuss a few things you can do to take the sting out of downsizing your house.
Have An Estate Sale
The nice thing about having an estate sale is that people will actually come into your home, making offers on furniture and other items you wish to sell throughout the property. So you don’t have to move everything outside, like you do with garage sales. With estate sales, it can be a great idea to strategically place items in logical ways, staging them so they’re displayed in their best light. To get the highest prices for your things, you’ll want to be sure everything is dusted and thoroughly cleaned up. Although it’s difficult, do your best not to get too emotionally attached to the items you are selling. In fact, it’s often best to hire a professional company that specializes in estate sales and let them handle the sale. Treat yourself to a day away somewhere so they can do their job of selling your belongings in a professional manner.
Donate Your Old Belongings
If you aren’t in a pinch for cash, rather than selling your items, you can donate usable items to someone else who can really use them. There are a number of organizations you can reach out to who will help you put your old items to good use. Some of these organizations will even come and pick up your stuff, saving you even more work! Clothing, furniture, and toys can all find great homes elsewhere where they will be highly appreciated. Be sure to keep track of all of the items you donate and get receipts for your donations; having this documentation will be a great benefit when it’s time to pay your taxes at the end of the year.
Pass Items Along to Your Family Members
Do you have children or grandchildren who may be interested in some of the items throughout your home? Something that may seem like an ordinary item to you – like a print, a throw pillow, or an old book – may be looked upon as a family heirloom to a member of your family. If you’re downsizing, consider checking in with your family first to see which items they may be interested in keeping for themselves. It may make you feel so good knowing that your everyday items are now bringing joy to members of your family for years to come!
Take Pictures of Sentimental Items
One suggestion we heard several years ago that we’ve always thought is a good one is to take pictures of everything you don’t need or want any longer but are having a hard time letting go of. Taking pictures allows you to keep the memory of those things alive in your heart. We hang on to so many things out of sentiment – things we don’t look at often or spend time working on any longer, things that are meaningful but take up valuable space. Your children’s art projects, napkin or match collections from memorable restaurants over the years, souvenirs bought while on vacation … these can all take up precious real estate so to speak! So, you may want to simply take a photo of each item for posterity. With older printed photos, consider scanning the photos and keep them on a hard drive or thumb drive. By storing photos in digital format, you can look through your memories at any time you wish. And your treasured photos can be transported with you anywhere, easily!
You May Want to Sell Your House Directly to Anna Buys Houses
When you sell your house directly to Anna and her team, you can sell your house As-Is, and simply take everything you want, leaving anything you don’t want behind. We can assist you in finding ways to sell or donate your items. Our job is to handle all of the details, finding creative ways to distribute your things, so you don’t have to worry about them any longer. A direct sale to a professional home buyer like Anna may be one of the easiest ways to handle a house when you wish to downsize in Omaha!
Hire Someone To Clean-Up
Anna and her team can help you with this, or you can always hire someone on your own to professionally clean and haul away all of your unwanted stuff. This costs money – likely $25-$50/hour, so it doesn’t always make sense if you are attempting to save money. Making donations, having an estate sale, or selling your property to a professional home-buying company may make more sense. It just depends on your situation!
If Anna and her team can provide more information for your move in Omaha, feel free to contact us today for assistance! 402-313-8700