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9 Things to Never Throw Out When You're Downsizing

9 Things to Never Throw Out When You're Downsizing

At some point in your life, you may need to move home. It may be because your job has been relocated or your personal circumstances have changed. Whatever the reason, it is important to know what to do when moving house or downsizing. There are many factors to take into account. For instance, what should you retain and what should be thrown out? In this article, we will take a look at several items that you should never throw out when you’re downsizing:

  • Personal collections - Whether it’s toys, books or vinyl records, collections are a source of joy and fulfilment. When downsizing, it is a good idea to choose five of your favourite pieces to keep.
  • Photographs - Everything’s digital nowadays but nothing beats seeing memories printed on photo paper. Of course, you may need to digitise your copies.
  • Family heirlooms - These come in different forms and each has its own story to tell. Take a look at all of your heirlooms and decide which carry more meaning to you. 
  • Important documents - Make sure to take these papers with you when moving house:  birth and death records, passport/s, marriage license, pension plan documents, medical records, insurance policies, Will, Power of Attorney, property deed/s, investment documents, school records, as well as car titles.   
  • Jewellery and boxes - You need the box the jewellery came in to keep an item in mint condition. Keeping it in its box also increases the jewellery's value when you need to sell it. 
  • Emergency supplies - Having an emergency supplies kit is essential, so when moving house, take the flashlight, radio, phone, batteries, whistle and first aid kit with you.  
  • Electronic devices. Clearing personal information from electronic gadgets, especially storage devices, is simple enough but there are some people who fail to do it when moving house. They just throw them out. Should you need to leave them behind, make sure to wipe off all of your personal details first. 
  • Items that cannot be replaced - Mementos such as medals from a sporting event or keepsakes from your grandparents are things that you cannot replace, so don’t throw them out. 
  • Items for the kitchen and bathroom - Think about the basic items that you’ll need in your new home. For the kitchen, these can be a chef’s knife, pots, pans, spatula, and sheets. As for the bathroom, take bath towels and toiletries with you.  
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