Best Decluttering Tips for Your Retirement Move
Posted on: 14 April 2017 by Tracey Clayton
Once you retire, you will be in a situation where you can just pick up your bags and go somewhere that suits you better. However, you can’t just leave a place behind without tidying it up. Maybe your home is cluttered and you don’t know how to deal with it. Here are a few decluttering tips for their retirement move.
A lot of people relocate because of their work. In some cases, this new location doesn’t suit them particularly well, but their job still comes first. Luckily, once you retire, this is no longer something you need to worry about. At this point, you will finally be in a situation where you can just pick up your bags and go somewhere that suits you better. Nonetheless, you can’t just leave a place behind without tidying it up. Years of living there have probably taken their toll. Maybe, your home is cluttered and you don’t know how to deal with it. For people who encounter this particular problem, here are a few decluttering tips for their retirement move.
Try to earn some money
Look at it this way, when you decide to move, it will be very difficult for you to take everything with you. Additionally, even if you could do this with ease, should you? Now is the perfect opportunity to get rid of some items that have been lying unused for decades. Simply go through your items and decide which you want to keep and which you no longer need.
This task, however, can be quite tricky. Some items you may consider to be nothing but junk (like old VHS cassettes, individual LEGO blocks and happy meal toys) can get a solid price online, while some valued possessions you finally got over to part ways with may not be worth as much as you think. This is why you should probably research the prices for every single item you think of selling. Seeing how most of these items would otherwise find their way to a trash can, all of this will literally feel like making money out of thin air.
Items of sentimental value
After this, we come to some items of sentimental value you no longer use. Unfortunately, a lot of things tie you to them, which means that throwing or selling them is out of the question. If you no longer have where to put them (at least as memorabilia), you should try one of two options. The first one is giving them to someone, for example, your family member, neighbor (as a farewell gift) or friend. This way, you can rest assured that you will make happy someone you care about.
The second option is to store them somewhere temporarily until you decide to use them again. Sure, you can give them to someone for safekeeping, but it might be simpler to simply find a storage solution for them. This should probably be somewhere near your next place of residence. Therefore, if for example, you intend to move to Queensland, you might want to consider temporary storage in Gold Coast.
Donate to humanitarian organizations
Some useful items, like old clothes, tech pieces, and furniture, can be donated to humanitarian aid organizations. When it comes to furniture, some organizations, like the Salvation Army, offer a pick-up service. This way, while helping someone else, you can also have one less thing to think about.
No matter how much you try to put every item you no longer need to good use, there are some things you will simply have to throw away. If it comes to this, look for the best way to discard every single item without causing any pollution. This way, you will solve your problem while easing your conscience at the same time.
A retirement is a great transition in life. Now you finally have time for yourself. This is your opportunity to go out there and do all the things you always wanted to, but never had time for. Letting go of things that tie you to the past should probably be the first step on this journey.