Sorting your Treasures
The emotional aspects of selecting furniture and keepsakes to take to your new home can be overwhelming. This project should be approached with a clear plan, lots of patience and a sense of humor. Where do you begin to sort through years of accumulated treasures and the memories that accompany them?
Don’t save things for “good”
Set aside practicality and put yourself first. Perhaps you deserve the daily enjoyment of using the best china. You may find you have unused items, in their original boxes, hiding in drawers, closets and attics. Now is the time to put them to use or find a new home for them. As the saying goes, “Use it, or lose it”. Re-gift, donate or sell these items and reduce the storage space you will need in your new home.
Check before you give things away
People have been known to stash money and important papers in the strangest spots. Pockets, purses, books and tins are places to check before you donate or give items away.
Identify all photographs
Photos, without important information, like names, dates, locations and relationships will not become heirlooms because they will not have meaning for your family. Take the time to record important information on the backs of all photos. Or, scan your photos and download them to computer files for future reference.
Treasure the memories
Family heirlooms are not always items with monetary value. Some things have ‘heart value’ and are associated with family traditions, like the lace cloth that is always on the table for special occasions or the desk from a great grandparent. Maintain your family history by writing the stories of these special items for future generations to enjoy.
A picture is worth a thousand words
Sometimes you will want to duplicate the displays that you find most useful, interesting or beautiful: the collection of crystal stemware and tea cups in your china cabinet, favorite furniture settings, pleasing artwork arrangements or your child’s stuffed animals. Before you begin to pack them, take pictures. With these photos for reference, you will be able to repeat the displays in your new home.
Next time I’ll focus on “Organizing Paperwork”
*Credit to Karen Shinn & Gail Shields, Downsizing Diva, Authors of GO! The Essential Guide to Organizing and Moving