If you’re the parent of a millennial that’s about to go through a move and/or downsize, we’ve got some unfortunate news…they may not want your stuff.
Baby Boomers can’t assume anymore that their children would be thrilled to inherit their most prized possessions (i.e., antique furniture, fancy dishes and flatware, beloved collections). More and more, grown children are following the current trend to live minimally themselves and don’t own a home with an attic or basement in which to store stuff. Instead of filling their homes with material possessions, many prefer to fill their lives with experiences and adventures.
In addition, their generation has grown up with the world at their fingertips via the internet. They can access photos and videos of cherished memories, their favorite songs and movies, and the answer to virtually any question with a simple voice command. No need for photo albums, CD’s or (the very antiquated) encyclopedia!
So, if my kids don’t want my stuff, what should I do?!
Before any decisions are made, an honest conversation needs to happen with your kids regarding what they would like (if anything) to have passed down to them. Let them know that it’s important to be honest and that it’s okay to say no! Your kids may not know how to tell you nicely that they just don’t want your stuff.
Declutter and Downsize
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you own and can’t find family or friends who want it, here are few things you can do:
- First – take a deep breath! There is a solution for everything.
- Spend some time decluttering your home. Do some soul searching (and dig deep). Even if you can set aside an hour a week to go through a drawer or cupboard, you’ll be amazed at how much lighter you’ll feel.
- Determine what items you are willing to part with (and be ruthless!).
- Research an online selling option (eBay, Chairish, First Dibs, etc.) or a brick-and-mortar consignment house.
- Donate your items by listing them on Nextdoor, Facebook Marketplace, Craig’s List, Buy Nothing group or offer to a local charity.
- If you still feel overwhelmed and need help with your decluttering project, considering reaching out to an organizing service like Changing Places!
And those items that you can’t bear to part with?
- Use your china/silver everyday instead of storing it.
- Save space by scanning/digitizing your old photos.
- Get creative and turn a piece of old furniture into your new makeover project!
Don’t leave everything for your kids to go through after you are gone.
Declutter as much as possible while you are still healthy and able make decisions!
And remember, children don’t need to keep your massive china hutch to love you and keep you in their hearts.