Keepers vs. Has-beens:

Downsizing and Donations

About Downsizing and more…

  • Letting go of “stuff” accumulated over the years sounds difficult, but feels liberating.

  • Most of us own lots of items we haven’t paid any attention to in years—or decades. Don’t let your attachment to things overwhelm you.

  • It’s a process that brings memories of our pasts while helping us define what’s most important now.

  • Focus on the excitement of a new place and plunge in, selecting those gems that mean most to you.

Downsizing
sorting and selection process
Downsizing and Donations

Ways to make the sorting and selection process easier…

  • Start by knowing the new living space you’ll have; visit there and get a “feel” for it.

  • Enlist relatives or friends to help make decisions choosing items and lighten the load.

  • Choose a few pieces you treasure most, including sentimental ones that say “home”.

  • Select only those accessories you find beautiful, meaningful and functional.

  • Books are heavy and take up space, so keep your favorites and donate the others.

  • Keep only clothes, shoes and accessories that flatter you; donate or toss out the rest.

  • Think multi-purpose: ottomans with storage can tuck under tables, be used as coffee tables or placed at the end of the bed; drop-leaf dining tables can expand for entertaining; a buffet can hold a TV and provide storage underneath.

  • Offer items to your family members and friends now—it’s gratifying (and practical)

  • Face it: everyone has junk; use a service like 1-800-GOT-JUNK to take it all away.

  • Donate what’s not needed or wanted to charities; you’ll feel great as you help others.

  • Keep donation receipts for claiming tax deductions.

Some organizations accepting donations of items no longer needed

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

800-483-5503

www.bbbsfoundation.org

Household Goods Recycling of MA

978-635-1710

householdgoods.org

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless

781-595-7570

www.mahomeless.org

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

800-675-2882

www.svdpboston.com

The Salvation Army

1-800-SA-TRUCK (728-7825)

www.salvationarmy.org

www.satruck.org

Vietnam Vets of America

800-775-8387

www.clothingdonations.org

 
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