So you’re starting to think about selling your Minneapolis house or you’ve inherited a home and have sentimental belongings to figure out, can you sell them? Can you give them away? Should you part ways, after all they are sentimental….
Most people have sentimental belongings, from pictures to furniture and everything in between. We store them places or use them and think we need to keep them. We cherish the memory they represent in our life, so it makes it hard to let them go. We feel we are letting down the person who the memory is tied to causing guilt. This is all a trap and can even lead to hoarding.
The first step is acknowledging you have sentimental belongings and you want to let them go. Ask yourself the question: Would I keep this if I didn’t have sentimental value, would I want to own these items? If the answer is no, then start to consider where they will go. I had a very hard time letting go of sentimental belongings, what really changed for me is when I started buying homes as a cash home buyer and I had to sort through sentimental belongings that people held on to until they perished. I didn’t like the thought of a stranger sorting through my sentimental belongings figuring out what to do with them or family members trying to figure out what to do with my stuff. This changed everything for me.
Give yourself permission to let things go. Its ok to let sentimental items go and still keep the memory, you’re not letting anyone down.
If you’re struggling to let sentimental belongings go, start small. Donate or sell something you have and see how it makes you feel. I’ve found letting go is a process and sometimes takes time to let things go, a little here, then you feel encouraged and a weight off your shoulders, give a little time and you’ll be ready to let go of more items.
There’s tremendous joy in letting a sentimental belonging go to another person who cherishes the items or needs them.
My personal success stories letting items go.
My brother unfortunately passed away, he had an amplifier for his guitar, we sold it to another musician who was so thrilled to own it, we requested he send us a video using it. He indeed sent a video, this brought tears of joy to see another person using the amplifier my brother loved. My brother would of wanted that. He would not want us to store it forever in the garage.
I inherited a table and hutch, my Dad and his parents would sit there as a family, this was my prized possession, my family used it but it didn’t fit my décor in my house, so I gave it to my sister. She was thrilled, my family was happy it stayed in the family and now when I go there I get so much joy seeing their family use it and know the memory carries on.
Lastly my Dad, I’ve been encouraging my parents to give sentimental belongings away and experience the joy it is letting things go and seeing another who appreciates them. My father inherited vintage outboard boat motors from his Dad, who is now long passed on. My Dad always had the intention of repairing the motors, time goes by, and they just sat for years and years. The reality is he will never repair them. He accepted this reality and posted them for sale on Facebook Market place, another collector wanted them. My Dad was able to talk about them and the buyer was very excited, it made my Dad feel good to know someone was very excited about the motors and would be going to a good person, this made his Dad happy. After the gentlemen purchased the motors, he fixed them and sent my Dad a video and absolutely made my Dads day. Since then my parents have felt the happiness, stress removal of parting ways with sentimental belongings and the weight has been lifted from their shoulders. If feels so enlightening to let go.
Sentimental belongings can be a trap and hold you with guilt that you are the responsible guardian for them – this is simply not true, don’t let guilt control you. Release yourself from it.
Some local charities will offer to pick up furniture or larger belongings. You can find charities that you morally support and donate to them.
If you’ve inherited a house and don’t want the hassle of decluttering, removing personal belongings and want an easy out.
Sell your Minneapolis house to me. I’m a house Cash buyer. You can leave all your sentimental belongings in the house. I will purchase the home for Cash As-Is and you don’t have to move anything. I donate what I’m able, so valuable items will be repurposed, and we discard what we are not able to donate.
Thanks for reading, if we can be of any help whether it be buying your home or helping you get it listed and sold through our Real Estate company TM Listings MN & FL please reach out to us.