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Maintaining the Value of Possessions as You Make a Life Change

Many significant life changes, such as downsizing your home or moving into an assisted living apartment or senior community, involve making a lot of decisions. While you're probably excited about beginning your life's next adventure, you may also be concerned about how to manage the realities of cutting down on your possessions if you're moving to a smaller space. Here are some ways to repurpose your possessions in a way that honors and preserves their value.

Deciding What to Keep

A good first step is to inventory items in your home and make lists of items you'd like to keep, sell and give away. Begin this work well in advance of your move so you can complete it in manageable blocks of time. 

Ideally, get some family members or friends to help you to lessen the work load and make it more enjoyable. Sorting through possessions can be a wonderful way to reminisce and share stories with loved ones. 

You may also be able to clear some items out during this process by giving them away. Be sure to hang on to items that will be of value to you in your new home, whether in practical or emotional ways.

Deciding What to Sell

Depending on your financial situation, you may want to sell some of your most valuable items. Selling items can take a lot of time and effort, though, so be sure to consider this relative to each item as you consider whether it's worth selling.

Deciding How to Sell

There are many websites that can help you sell items, including eBay.com, craigslist.org and OfferUp.com. Ebay offers a worldwide marketplace that may work best for collectible and rare items, while craigslist and OfferUp let you sell to buyers who live nearby and can pick up items. 

When using local sales websites, be sure to either meet the buyer in a public location or have someone with you when meeting someone at your home. Read and follow these tips for ensuring safety and avoiding scams when selling online.

Of course, you can also have a good, old-fashioned yard sale, which is a great opportunity to socialize with neighbors before you move.

Deciding What to Give Away

In 2 Corinthians, St. Paul says, "God loves a cheerful giver," and indeed, giving away your possessions can be a satisfying way to live out your faith and bring joy to the lives of other people. 

In many cases, making a gift of a costly item may provide a more valuable return to you than if you sold it. Your gift may be able to greatly enrich the life of a poor family and be treasured for many years to come. Money is only one way to maintain the value of your most precious possessions; ensuring they find new homes where they're used and loved may be equally important to you.

Deciding How to Give

There are a great many options for giving items away. Start by offering items to loved ones. If your church community has any charity partners, you may be able to make donations to them. Some national nonprofit groups, such as The Salvation Army, will even pick up donations from your home. Local food banks and homeless shelters can also be good options.

If you use Facebook, you may be able to join a Buy Nothing group in your community. These groups let members give away items and request items from neighbors. They're limited to small geographical areas, and joining the local group for your new neighborhood is a great way to make connections.

After you've pared down your possessions to your most useful and treasured items, you'll be set to enjoy an uncluttered life in your new home.