Every real estate transaction involves STUFF— and a lot of it. And thus far Apple hasn’t created an app to transport your sofa from Belle Meade to Germantown.
But it’s not just moving the stuff; it’s deciding what to move, give, donate, sell, or store.
You generously offer a lifetime of treasured stuff to your children.
This is way more complicated than it sounds.
Your sister wants mother’s Herend soup tureen (what’s she going to do with it!?) but mother always said it belonged to you. And so it goes.
For generations families have tried various ways to solve the who-gets-what dilemma. Even taking turns choosing from among the stuff is fraught with complications.
Who goes first? Do grandchildren get a turn, or are they part of their parents’ turn? How about the sibling that doesn’t have any children? Does she/he get an extra turn? Do you split up pairs or sets? And if it was in your room as a child, is it automatically yours?
Someone is mad every time that soup tureen turns up at Thanksgiving dinner. Multiple this times a household of stuff, and you have grudges that last generations.
You kindly donate your stuff to a worthy cause.
But there are so many good charities, all with different criteria.
Maybe your favorite charity doesn’t pick up. Or only picks up on Wednesdays, and only if your load exceeds a certain number of pounds. Or doesn’t take appliances, or children’s toys, or TVs. Or their executive director was recently indicted by the State Attorney General.
No one-stop solution here.
You begrudgingly sell your stuff at a garage sale.
If nobody wants grandmother’s Victorian sofa, and it is too fine to donate (!), you sell it at a garage sale.
Word of advice-hire a professional. Setting up, pricing, advertising, and hosting a garage sale is a lot of work. More stressful than dividing the china, and aren’t you still exhausted from that?
Prepare to be disappointed and surprised by the outcome. The Victorian sofa will be donated after all, and the 1970s era Tupperware containers will sell in the first fifteen minutes.
You desperately store your stuff at an expensive, inconveniently located storage facility.
The end of the line.
This is the default position for items you can’t give, donate, or sell. A booming business by the way.
WOW! After reading this, you’ve decided to hunker down in your current abode and
You just need a step-by-step plan, strong backs, and Sharpies.
And remember, there is always the storage unit!