Estate Sales, Practical Use, and Emotional Significance

As you plan your estate sale, there will come a time when you need to differentiate loved items from resalable items. This may sound confusing, but with the right approach it doesn’t have to take much time or energy.

Making decisions on what to sell and what to keep should be based on practical use and emotional significance.

First off, let’s take a look at practical use. Answer this question: do you use the item on a regular basis? This could be anything from a lawn mower to a sofa to a kitchen table. If you use the item, if you know this will continue, it may make sense to hold onto it.

Tip: if you plan on replacing an item, don’t hesitate to sell the one that is being replaced.

Emotional significance is just as important as practical use. With this, you hold onto an item because it is special to you for some reason. Maybe it was a gift from a loved one. Or maybe it was something you used in your first home as a married couple. If you have an emotional attachment to an item, it can be difficult to part with.

You can’t have an estate sale unless you are willing to part with some of your belongings. If you are having a difficult time deciding what to keep and what to sell, keep these two phrases in mind:

·      Practical use

·      Emotional significance

If you believe that now is the time for an estate sale, don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here to help you get organized, and more importantly, to enjoy the process.

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