Keep, Sell, Donate, or Toss?

When moving into a senior living community, you’ll probably want to downsize as far as your belongings go. There will probably be a lot that you own but don’t want to take with you. Here are a few suggestions so you can figure out what to keep, sell, donate, or toss.

Keep anything that makes your life easier as well as anything that you use on a very regular basis. Now, with senior living there might be some things you won’t use or need anymore, so keep the services provided at your future home in mind. For example, if you plan on using the meal services offered, you probably won’t need very much kitchenware. Ask yourself: Is this something I will need in my future home? Will I notice if this item is no longer available to me?

Figuring out which items to sell might be a little trickier. You’ve decided you want to get rid of a specific belonging, but you’re not sure which category to place it under. Is it something to sell, give away, or throw away?

Items you’re going to sell should be in good condition. Otherwise, there might not be anyone willing to buy that particular item. You might also want to check if anyone in your family is interested in keeping that particular item. There might be things in your home that your children, grandchildren, siblings, or friends, have been interested in holding onto.

Ultimately, it’s your decision. Feel free to give away items that hold sentimental value for your loved ones. After that, feel free to sell, if the item is in top condition and you’re willing to put in the effort to sell it. There are a variety of ways to sell used items, so keep that in mind as you create a list of items you want to sell.

You’ll want to toss items that you no longer care to keep but are too worn down or broken to give away. There might be things you’ve been holding onto and didn’t even realize you still had.

If you don’t want to bother selling it and have no one to give it to, that might be an item worth donating. Try to make sure that items to be donated are in the best condition possible. Otherwise, it might be time to toss the item.

It might be hard for you to know what your friends and family want, so once you’ve figured out what you definitely want to take with you, ask them to come over and help you out. There might be something there they forgot they cared about.

These are just a few guidelines to help you out during your transition, but ultimately it will be your decision to either toss or keep anything that belongs to you. However, make sure you keep in mind the size of your new home as you pack up your belongings.