12 things to never ever throw out when you’re downsizing

Three organizing experts tell us what items in your home are worth finding space for.

  1. Family heirlooms. “Sterling silver candlesticks from your great, great grandmother should make the cut,” says Professional Organizer, Barbara Reich. “Evaluate these and again, which ones are truly meaningful to you and your family currently?” advises Watson. “Which ones do you truly love and value? These are the ones to keep and take with you to your new home.”


  1. Electronics of any sort.  At least until you’ve completely wiped out all your personal information.  “I can’t tell you the number of people who go on massive de-cluttering binges and don’t take the time to clear all their personal information,” warns professional organizer and owner of Metropolitan Organizing, Geralin Thomas, who also worked on A&E’s Hoarders.


  1. Photographs. “You may need to digitize these, but you don’t want to lose them,” says Reich.


  1. Important Papers. “It’s important to let go of as much paper that you have accumulated as possible,” says organizing expert and owner of Supreme Organization, Jodie Watson. “However, you will need to keep the following documents so don’t purge these: Birth & Death Records, Marriage Licenses, Divorce Decrees, SS Cards, Pension Plan Documents, Medical Records, Insurance Policies, Passports, Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney Documents, Property Deeds, Investment Records, Education Records, Diplomas, Military Service Records and Vehicle Titles.“


  1. Landline phones. You never know when you’ll run out of battery or service. “Keep at least one,” says Thomas.


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