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11 things to NEVER throw out when your downsizing.

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We tapped three organizing experts to tell us which items are worth finding space for.

1 Family heirlooms- Organizing expert and owner of supreme organization, Jodie Watson, suggests taking a close look at your heirlooms to determine which ones are most meaningful. Which ones do you truly love? These are the ones to keep and take with you to a new home.

2 Electronics of any sort- At least until you’ve completely wiped out all of your personal information.

3 Photographs- You may need to digitize these, but you don’t want to lose them.

4 Important papers- It’s important to let go as much accumulated paper as possible. However you will need to keep the following documents:

  • Birth and death records
  • Marriage licenses
  • Divorce Decrees
  • SS cards
  • Pension plans
  • Medical records
  • Insurance policies
  • Passports
  • Wills, trusts, power of attorney
  • Property deeds
  • Education records, diplomas
  • Military service records
  • Vehicle titles

5 Collections- You have obviously enjoyed collecting these items. So select your favorite few (3-5) that you love and value above all the rest.

6 Tags from expensive hand bags- When or if you decide to consign, this will help prove authenticity and bring a much better price.

7 Fine jewelry and the boxes they came in- Having a piece of jewelry, in its original box adds value when/if reselling it, and keeps the piece of jewelry in mint condition.

8 Basic kitchen and bathroom supplies- But, only the ones you need, think: Pots and pans, a good quality knife, spatula, spoons, blender, sheets and towels. And for the bathroom: You should bring two sets of sheets per bed and 4 towels per person.

9 Items that bring back precious memories- A lock of hair from your childs first hair cut, the medal you won from running a marathon etc. These are items you would not be able to replace.

10 Emergency supplies- A radio, phone, batteries, flash light, and first aid kit should all be on hand. And if you don’t have emergency supplies now would be the time to get them.

11 Medications and toiletries that haven’t expired. These can be expensive. Most importantly, medications taken daily should be kept with you during the move.

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