Know when to suggest professional help. Homeowners who can’t handle the task on their own should consider bringing on a professional company to assist in the decluttering process. Could in fact save you money and time.
3. Assemble a toolbox of local resources to share. Whether or not my clients decide to bring in a professional, it helps to categorize each item in a given area into one of four groupings: keep, sell, donate, toss, or store off-site.
- Keep. If you are downsizing to a smaller living space be realistic about what can fit in your new home because it could potentially save you money in moving costs down the road. This is an especially important factor for those moving long distances. If your moving to a warmer climate you may not need an extensive winter wardrobe and should retain only a few items for visits back North or travel to cold-weather locations.
- Sell. Midcentury modern furniture and contemporary art both appeal widely to buyers of all ages, especially if they’re good quality and in decent condition. Create a list of estate sales specialists and consignment shops in your area that are known for fair dealing. However, be aware that many services that do the work of selling take a big cut, often half the sales price. If your are inclined to try to sell items yourself, try eBay, Let It Go, or perhaps a yard sale. However, if your not willing to go through the trouble of shipping sold items, post goods on hyperlocal online sites, such as neighborhood Facebook groups or Craigslist.
- Donate. Remember the adage, “One person’s trash is another’s treasure.” First ask your family members to claim beloved items and set a specific time frame to pick them up. Donate items to local charities such as Salvation Army, churches, or charitable foundations. You may be able to secure a tax donation from the IRS if you contribute to a qualified tax-exempt organization. Because of recent changes in the tax code, it’s best for you to keep detailed notes of what you donate and to consult your tax adviser for the exact percentages you will be able to write off.
- Toss. While you may be able to deposit a fair amount of stuff in your garbage cans for pick-up or take unwanted items directly to their local dump, you may save yourself some work by calling a local trash-hauling company. You can also consult HomeAdvisor’s list of trash-hauling service providers by ZIP code. Also, it’s important to be aware of laws governing trash. Some municipalities also allow homeowners to leave stuff by the curb with a sign “please take me,” while others levy fines for such activity.
- Store off-site. It may be tempting to store certain household items off-site. Because the self-storage industry is growing, most neighborhoods or towns offer multiple choices. In fact, 84 percent of all U.S. counties have at least one self-storage facility, according to the Self-Storage Association. I suggest you pick one that offers locked, insured, climate-controlled cubicles, which you can access whenever you want.
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