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What I Learned After My Recent Home Move

19 May 2017, by Agricola Redesign Staff in Home Decor

As a business owner in the home design industry, I work with clients five days a week. Sometimes my projects are home staging while others are focused on interior decorator. But no matter the client, I always try to guide them in the best direction when it comes to starting a project in their home.

Typically when I work with clients, I ask them to do a little homework for me. I ask clients all the time to go through their closets, pantries, and basements. I tell them that if the item doesn’t bring them joy, or if they haven’t used it in a year (or ever!), then it’s time to let it go. There are so many options when it comes to purging your home, you can gift old decor or clothes to children, donate the items to those who need help, or sell them through various online sites, consignment shops, or on the internet.

I always thought that I was offering my clients with the best advice when I would ask them to do this homework. But what I learned, after a recent move, was that even when you think you’ve emptied your house of all the items you don’t need or use anymore, you’re probably wrong.

You think you’ve gone through everything; donated, sold, or given away, but the truth is there’s still so much more left and you really start to question how you never knew you owned so many things! It’s incredible how quickly things start to accumulate – from those hidden shopping bags in the back of your closet to old holiday decorations that should have been retired long ago!

Through this recent move and what I learned along the way, I have this advice: Start going through everything you own long before you are thinking of moving and really, really purge.

Ask your children if they are interested in ever owning any of your belongings. Oftentimes, we hold on to our items thinking that our children will want them one day only to find out that our kids don’t think our stuff is as cool as we think it is. Don’t be offended by this, though, because it’s really the memories that we have with our children and families that matter – not the stuff.

In the end, I am absolutely thrilled that our move is over and I’m looking forward to many happy memories in our new home with a lot less stuff!

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