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Downsizing? What to Do with Your Excess Furniture

Simplify your life when you downsize your belongings and move into a gorgeous new townhome at Belle Tara. Like goldfish, humans tend to grow into the size of their home. You may find that you’ve collected too many pieces of furniture over the years, yet you really prefer a simpler existence that isn’t weighed down by so much stuff.

Don’t let the stuff that you own end up owning you. Downsize the right way, and create more space in your life for the things that really matter – instead of that old armoire that you never did like in the first place.

What should you do with your furniture when you are downsizing your home? First, be honest about what pieces you truly love and want to keep. Next, take a good hard look at the leftovers. Are you hanging on to something just because it was expensive? Perhaps the furniture was a gift or an heirloom piece. Maybe you’ve had that old armchair since college, and it reminds you of the good old days. If you love a piece of furniture, keep it. But if you’re holding on to something just because you think you should, it’s time to consider the following options:

• Sell vintage pieces to an antiques dealer. If you have antique furniture that is in good shape, many antiques dealers will come to your home to give you an appraisal and make an offer. They’ll even haul it away. Visit your local antiques mall, talk to the people who work there, and pick up business cards to get in contact with dealers.

• Sell your furniture online. Sites like eBay and Craigslist make it easier than ever to peddle your unwanted wares on the web and make a quick buck. Can’t figure out the technical aspects? As a younger relative to take charge of the online process, in exchange for a percentage of the profits.

• Host a garage sale or yard sale. This is a great option if you have many other belongings that you’d like to sell as well. High quality furniture can attract a crowd; be sure to list the big pieces in your sale’s newspaper ads and signage.

• Donate your furniture to a good cause. Contact local churches and charity organizations to see if they have a benevolence program that gives used furniture to needy families. Many will arrange to pick up your furniture at your home. You can also always drop off pieces at your local thrift store, like Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

• Store it. If there are pieces that you simply can’t part with – but you don’t want them in your new home either – consider renting a self-storage unit. The smallest units start around $100 per month.

Are you ready to refresh your life and experience the simpler side of homeownership in a beautiful new townhome? Belle Tara in Davie is an extraordinary community where you’ll feel like you truly belong. Please contact us today to find out more information how you can downsize your home – and upgrade your lifestyle.