Selling your house can feel incredibly overwhelming. The biggest surprise many people experience when they decide to sell their home is seeing just how much “stuff” they have accumulated over time.
Approaching all elements of packing, selling and donating with a bit of a plan can help alleviate some of the stress. Read on as our Journey Home Lending team shares some questions to ask yourself as you go through the process of deciding what to keep, donate or sell.
Does this add value to my life?
If it’s bringing efficiency to your life, keep it. If it brings you joy (we’re thanking you for this phrase, Marie Kondo), keep it. If it’s merely taking up space, pass.
A great rule of thumb is: If I’ve had the opportunity to use this and I haven’t, I need to get rid of it.
It’s not essential, but what if I need it just in case?
We’re all victims of the abundance mindset; more is better, right? However, there are a lot of us living with a bunch of “just in case” items that cause clutter: that backup phone charger, the set of cloth napkins for fancy occasions or a magnetic stud finder.
There is a process for these kinds of items catching on in the minimalism space called the 20⁄20 Rule. Basically, it gives a guideline for these kinds of items: If you can replace it in under 20 minutes for less than $20, you can get rid of it.
If I saw this item in the store today, would I buy it?
Many times, we hang on to items that we bought or were given simply because we have the room. Especially if you are downsizing, it’s a good idea to look at each item through the lens of living in your new home.
If it has served you in the past but won’t be able to in the future, it’s time to let go of that item and make room for the possessions that will serve you in your new home.
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