FAQ: “I’m Downsizing, But What Do I with My ‘Stuff’?”

Wednesday Aug 30th, 2017

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If you’re like most people, you’ve accumulated a lot of ‘stuff’ over the course of a lifetime. And, like most people, you don’t know what to do with it. In fact, for the majority of senior clients that I work with, this is the most difficult part of the process for them. Quite often, with the exception of a few family heirlooms, neither your adult kids, nor your grandchildren will be interested in these items. 

Here are a few ideas on what to do with your ‘stuff’:

Decide what things you will take with you to your next home 
Sometimes this is a very difficult process to go through. Maybe you’re downsizing and only a fraction of your things will fit where you are moving. My experience as an Accredited Senior Agent (ASA) has shown me that the best way to handle this is to first separate things into those that you cannot live without and the things that you aren’t as attached to. Once you have done this, figure out if all the things you cannot live without will actually fit into your new home.

What do your family members want?
Once you have separated out all of the things you will take to your new home, you’ll want to find out what of the remaining items your family members would like to have. Hopefully, there won’t be any things that more than one person wants, but that would be a pretty rare situation. The best way to handle these disagreements is to have them work it out themselves. Better they work things out now, than in the emotional turmoil of settling your estate.

I’ve got some valuable things that neither family nor friends want - what can I do with them?
Oftentimes, I go into a situation where there are some valuable things that need a new home, and it’s never an easy task to take care of. You see, lifestyles have changed and many younger people do not want things that ‘remind them of grandma’s house’. Depending on the items, you may find that an auctioneer is your best bet. As an ASA, I have connections with many local auctioneers, valuers and other experts across Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). These experts can give you an idea of what your things are worth in today’s marketplace, and also suggest possible new homes for them.

This is too overwhelming for me - what can I do?
Fortunately, you have several options in this regard. As part of my Accredited Senior Agent training, I learned which professionals are best suited to help you in this aspect of your move. In my network of exceptional specialists are transition managers, who can go through your ‘stuff’ with you, distribute it, pack it and even unpack it at your new home. Likewise, my network of exceptional specialists includes people who will pick up items that you wish to have shipped anywhere in the world and take care of that whole process for you. Same goes for auctioneers too – there are many qualified ones throughout Mississauga and the GTA.

I want to donate some things - what items can I donate?
This really comes down to what the items are and whether you have a preference for where they are donated. Which organizations you can donate to are very much location-dependent. For example, Goodwill in Mississauga may not accept any large furniture pieces, while Goodwill in Toronto typically will. But even these sorts of considerations vary according to what the particular location currently needs. There are some organizations, such as the Canadian Diabetes Association, that will pick items up from you, which might be an important consideration. Chances are that there are also more local organizations, such as church groups and shelters, that will be only too pleased to pick items up from you. Members of my network of exceptional specialists know the best people to help with your particular needs.

Need more assistance or have additional questions?
There are more ways that an Accredited Senior Agent is trained to help you and your family remove the stress and upset that is too-often associated with this time of your life. Contact metoday for more information.


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