Moving can be daunting, especially if you are moving away from a life-long home. There are just somethings you simply cannot take. That is a fact. The quandary here is what to get rid of from among all your possessions. This is a common issue and one which we will address today. The following will list common items that you can donate as a means of downsizing.



When selecting which books to donate from your collection, it is best to assess your current interests. Do you really think you will ever need a Pilate exercise book again? When was the last time you actually thought about photography? The previous prompts are just the beginning of how to eliminate excess books from your belongings.

It is good to know that the majority of information in most books is now available through the internet. This knowledge can also be helpful when attempting to determine which of your collection will become the contents of your future library.

With that in mind, let’s now take the opposite approach to elimination of books. This time, consider what you really want to keep and begin by setting these aside. This way you can then consider those left on the shelf as potential donations. You may have read a book that means a lot to you and whether or not you will really read it again is of no matter when it comes to deciding to keep it. Perhaps just by seeing it on the shelf, your mind floods with the memories of what its contents are. This is an example of which books not to get rid of.


Take a good and thorough inventory of your clothes closet before eliminating your clothes. Are you still hording old styles of clothing that you feel will come back? Do you feel that, perhaps you can give these to someone you know? Keeping all such items is fine if you have plenty of room. But if you will no longer have the space then it is a good idea to think about what you really wear?

Have you recently moved down from up north to Florida and no longer have need of a heavy overcoat? Do you have clothing that no longer fits (too large, too small)? Do you still participate in sporting activities that require special clothing? With these prompts consider the following:

Clothing Items to Donate:

  • Outerwear (overcoats, fur coats, etc.)

  • Athletic wear

  • Dresses (formal, cocktail, or those that are tailored for various holiday occasions)

  • Shoes (Ditto to above dress list)

  • Hats


Furniture is probably one of the most donated items when moving, simply because some of your furniture may not fit into your new location. It may be that it simply doesn’t fit in terms of square footage or that it doesn’t fit your new atmosphere. Whichever reason, here are a few common furniture items that are donated:

  • Bed frames

  • Dressers

  • Sofas

  • Dining room furniture (tables, chairs, etc.; especially if it is oversized and heavy)

  • Consoles (for TV and stereo equipment)

  • Desks

  • Chairs

  • Lawn furniture


If you are moving to a location that is smaller than your previous dwelling, you will probably have less kitchen space. Naturally, you will want to downsize your kitchenware. Kitchenware has been defined as” the tools, utensils, appliances, dishes, and cookware used in food preparation, or the serving of food.”

In order to begin this process, you should first take inventory of your actual and present activities which are associated within the kitchen arena. This will help in making a decision as to which of your kitchenware items you currently use.

Do you still have big dinner parties (Thanksgiving, Christmas and the like)? Perhaps you now go to your adult children’s house for those holiday meals.

Do you still have an interest in breadmaking? Or Pasta making?

All the above motivations are a good way to determine which items you wish to keep. Next, think of how much space you will have in your new location. Now it’s time to start the elimination process. Start with these types of items:

  • Dinnerware settings (extras)

  • Appliances (electric griddles, deep fryers, slow-cookers, bread machines, mixers, etc.)

  • Pots & Pans (keep only those that you really use)

  • Tupperware and other plastic storage containers (Do you have too many?)

  • Glasses and cups

  • Cooking and eating utensils

Call Missy Donaghy with Interiors for Seniors for a FREE consultation 321-279-3301.

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