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Top 10 Things To Ditch Before Downsizing

 Posted by Jacqueline Jones on January 29, 2016 at 11:08 AM

If you’re finally trading in the Big House for someplace smaller, you won’t be able to bring everything with you.  Here are the tops things to toss before you move:

Stuff That Doesn’t Belong To You

If your kids are still using you as a storage locker for their childhood books and trophies, it’s time for them to claim them or see their treasures kicked to the curb.


Unless you have a deep, sentimental attachment or use at least once a year, pull them out of the attic and drop them directly at Goodwill.


The rule of thumb is that if you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it.  Try your hand at selling the newer stuff at consignment.  Alternately, there are tons of organizations that can use clothing donations, especially warm clothes in winter months.   

Exercise Equipment

If you’re using to exercise, keep it.  If not, sell it.  Be honest with yourself.  Using it as a place to throw your sweater does not count as exercise. 

Kitchen Appliances & Gadgets

Refer to Clothes.  If you haven’t used it in a year, you will never use it.  Sell or donate.

Childhood Memorabilia

We know this can be hard to part with; we’re not unfeeling robots, after all.  Hold on to a few things that are especially special, but take photos of the rest.  You’ll keep your memories and your shelf space.


It’s simple.  If you’re moving to a smaller place, you’ll need less furniture.  Consider the pieces you use every day and others that might not be necessary in this next phase of your life or fit in the new place. Yes, you’ll keep your bed and your couch and the comfy recliner, but the dining room set might not make the cut. 

Books, Magazines, DVDs

If you’re not going to read, skim or watch it again, consider donating items to your local library so that others can enjoy them.


While some files you need to hang on to for life (wills, trusts, some legal papers), others you do not.  For example, it’s probably safe to rid yourself of files related to things you no longer own. 

Anything In Off-Site Storage

How often do you visit these items that have been deemed ‘no longer important enough to live with you’?  Look at each item with a critical eye and you’ll likely realize that you can part with most, if not all of them.  Why are you paying those crazy monthly storage costs?  Wouldn’t you rather have the money to decorate your new place?