The Empty Nest

Once your nest is empty, it is a good time to think about clearing out a lot of unnecessary items.

Things to consider getting rid of when downsizing:

  • Clothes you no longer wear
    This is a good starting place. Get rid of anything that is worn out, too small, or you haven’t used in the past year.
  • Luggage
    Keep only what you use often. With less people in your house, you are not likely to need five suitcases. One large suitcase and a small carry-on bag is sufficient.
  • Shoes and accessories
    There is a good chance that you have shoes in your closet that you haven’t worn in a good while (and are probably no longer is style). Only keep what you need for everyday use and special occasions.
  • Knick Knacks
    Think about only what will fit in your new space and how much time you will save not dusting everything else.
  • Furniture
    Give away or donate any furniture that is for decorative purposes only. This includes shelves and cabinets used to store all of those knick-knacks you are not keeping.
  • Books
    Books are hard for a lot of people to part with, but there are now much easier ways to keep up on your reading without having to store them. Look into buying a tablet.
  • Rarely-used kitchen items
    If you can’t remember the last time you used your food processor or mixer, find it a new home.
  • Movies and CDs
    With so many streaming video options, you don’t need to keep your DVD library (or player) any longer. CDs can be replaced with an MP3 player.
  • Sentimental items from your children’s childhoods
    While looking at your daughter’s fifth-grade report card might bring back memories, is it something that you need to hold on to in order to cherish those times?