Divesting ourselves of a household
July 26, 2012 5:10 AM Subscribe
How to divest of a household worth of stuff other than giving it away?
posted by Megami to home & garden (11 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
We currently live as a family of three in the usual household of 'stuff'* - furniture, white goods, toys, tools, camping gear, appliances. In the next 1-3 years there is a good chance we will want to be rid of most of our stuff. My son is going away for school and my husband and I will be working in different cities. He is in the army and would live in the mess, I would get a studio apartment that would perhaps be furnished. We quite like the idea of getting rid of most of our possessions and definitely don't want to put stuff in storage for years
This leads to two questions:
- how do we sell everything? Is an estate company about the only way? Garage sales don't seem that popular here ( we live in the UK). While I realise we won't 'get our money back' on everything we bought I do want to be sensible and find a way to get the best money I can if we do sell stuff.
- Have you or anyone you knew done this and regretted it? The are lots of blogs talking about downsizing and simplifying and how awesome it is, but I would like to know about downsides as well.
* We actually also have artworks and collectible books but I know these need to be dealt with by specialists rather than general household dealers.