Spring Cleaning? Decluttering? Downsizing? Moving?
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If you are planning to clean out your garage, basement, a single closet or an entire house, dealing with a lifetime of possessions can be a daunting and emotional project. Perhaps you have decided who gets your old rocking chair and low mileage automobile. But what to do with useful everyday household objects that have no new homes? And how do you know if things, once expensive and long cherished, have any value in today’s market?
The following resources and information may help you decide how to declutter if you need to downsize. Before visiting any of the locations mentioned in the articles, give them a call to make sure they are open and abiding by CDC Covid recommendations.
An in-depth article that provides information about local resources, including:
Art and Antiques: What Are My Valuables Worth?
Waste & Junk Removal Services
Sites to Sell Online
Where to Donate Books, Clothing, Household Goods and Medical Equipment
Where to Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste
Shredding Event for Paper Records
Safe Place to Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs
Local Shops Interested in Purchasing Items from Your Home
Cape Cod Companies that Provide Full-Service Estate Sales
"March 2020 to April 2021 marked one of the longest stretches of time that kept us, our families and the country stuck in one place – our homes. One of the things I learned from this year is that my daughter might possibly be right when she says Mum, you and Dad have too much stuff!" Recent article from the Falmouth Enterprise written by Mary Pat MacKenzie.
The upside of moving is that it forces you to clean out the house by getting rid of unwanted and unneeded belongings. When you tidy up before a move, you're saving yourself money and time––moving is easier and cheaper when there's less to pack and less to load onto a moving truck. Tips for how to get rid of stuff from The Spruce, an award winning lifestyle website.
How to sell all those old DVDs, Legos and other unwanted items sitting at home. "Being stuck at home for weeks during a pandemic means confronting all the things you own. Faced with stuffed closets and jammed basements, people are thinking about getting rid of those baseball cards, 1950s Pyrex mixing bowls, “Sex and the City” boxed sets and Grandma’s silver serving tray." Article from The Washington Post.
As we age, most of us know that there will come a day when we will need to downsize, either to simplify our lives, cut costs, be closer to our grandchildren, or to address medical needs. It can be a stressful process — both emotionally and physically, but it doe not have to get overwhelming.