How to Prepare for Life’s Major Transitions.

by Scott McKinnon

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When your life requires a major transition, such as moving, down-sizing, up-sizing, relocating to a new town or combining two households together, there are a myriad of things that need to be dealt with. One of the major things to consider is your furniture and home decor.

Many people can become overwhelmed by all the tasks required in a move, but starting with the larger items can make things a little easier. You will need to consider your current situation and your upcoming transition.

Many people deal with down-sizing their home once the kid’s have moved, or with a loved one transitioning into a care home. Take inventory of what you have now and determine what will realistically fit into your new space. Keep the necessary items, like family heirlooms, a kitchen dinette, lamps, and entryway tables or benches if they will work in your new space. Usually space is at a premium, so you may have to sell or donate your “oversized items” and consider buying smaller to fit your new space.

When relocating to another province or country, and don’t know what your new home will be like, you should seriously consider selling most of your possessions and re-buying once you have settled in. The cost of packing, moving and then storing your items until you have a new home can be astronomical. You will be further ahead by selling and waiting until you know exactly what you will need.

If combining households, you must decide what items will stay, and what items will go. See what items work together and dispose of the duplicates and mismatching items.

To simplify your transition, (you have enough to do) consider consigning your gently-used items at a furniture consignment store (same with clothing) and donating the heavily-used and out-dated items to a worthwhile charity that will benefit from your generosity.

To get the most for your goods at a consignment store, you need to spend time thoroughly cleaning your items and doing any minor repairs necessary to make it in a sellable condition. If you don’t, your items may not be accepted or you will receive considerably less. It is a wise idea to make a list of your items as you are packing them up, as this is often required by the store and it is easier to do as you pack.

Most consignment stores ask you to email photos of your larger items prior to acceptance, so be sure to take pictures while your items are still in place in your current home, and not taken apart and packed into a storage container or garage. Always check with the store you are considering to find out what their acceptance policy is, best times to deliver and what their terms and conditions are. Work on this well in advance so you are not suddenly 2 days away from moving and you don’t know what you are going to do with items. Stores need advance notice to make sure they have the room to accommodate your items.

Preparing for Life’s Transitions