I saw a sign, “HUGE Garage Sale” and I couldn’t resist following the sign. When I arrived, I found a woman who had taken a day off work to sell her deceased mother’s “stuff” that had been left behind.
Old “stuff” was scattered on the lawn, up the length of the driveway, and on tables in the garage. Many things were still in boxes, too outdated to be useful, and not likely to ever be sold.
Yes, there were a few gems that could be mined for in the piles, but most things could have / should have been eliminated a long time ago.
It would have been a GIFT to her daughter if it had NOT been left behind.
What do you want to leave behind for your loved ones?
Start eliminating stuff NOW.
If that task sounds overwhelming, ALL THE MORE REASON TO TACKLE IT. If it feels like too much for you, picture your loved ones picking up every single item in your home and deciding whether it goes in the trash or treasure pile. Would you be creating a scenario of resentment leaving that task to someone?
Start on one level of the house, decide on one room of that level, then go to one corner of that room, and work your way to the exit.
Start with non-emotional items – items with no memories attached. Go for EASY items on your first sweep.
Handle each item and consider the last time it was used. If the answer is “never” or “over 5 years ago,” it’s a good candidate for elimination.
Start with these items:
- Books: Pick up each book, read the title, open up to scan contents and decide if you’re even interested in that subject anymore. This might be easier than you think.
- Extra small appliances: A backup hand mixer, toaster, or old microwave are things you probably don’t need, right?
- Board games: When is the last time you played a board game anyway? And do you have duplicates you can let go?
- Extra lamps or lamp shades: They’re in abundance in garage sales, so you can pick up another one quickly in a pinch. Let them go.
- Old luggage: Do you have more than necessary for the amount of travel you do? Is it gathering dust and taking up space?
- Garden tools: If you’re paying for yard help, do you need all those shovels and rakes? Do you see yourself down on your knees using hand tools in the dirt?
- Party items (if you don’t entertain anymore): Over-sized bowls, serving trays, duplicate pitchers, silverware, old liquor)
- Old medical items: Brace from an old injury, crutches
- Sporting items: Bowling balls, golf clubs, exercise bikes and treadmills
- Leftovers from remodeling projects: Old tile, wallpaper remnants, and toilet seats
Are you worried about discarding something of value to your loved ones?Ask if they want to see your pile before you let it go.
Then, do your loved ones a KINDNESS…
Throw away or donate items to a thrift shop or shelter, OR have your own garage sale NOW while you’re alive!
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Have you cleaned out a loved one’s house? What did you learn from that?
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