I love old things. When I was a kid, I used to collect antiques from garage sales and thrift stores. I loved the stories behind each one and enjoyed imagining the lives of past owners. Now that I’m older, those heirlooms don’t seem as exciting or important—and it’s time for them to go! Here are some simple steps you can take toward decluttering your antiques so that you can enjoy them for years to come (and not just keep everything because it’s old).
-Go through your antiques and remove anything that doesn’t mean something to you. For example, if you inherited an antique vase from your grandmother but don’t have space for it in your home, consider donating it to a local charity shop or consignment store.
-If you’re keeping a piece of furniture, consider whether it’s in good enough condition to use. If not, try fixing it up yourself or hire a professional to do so (such as
How to Declutter Antiques
You love your antiques, but they’re taking over your space. If you have a lot of them, it can be difficult to organize them effectively. This guide will help you declutter and arrange your antiques so that they look nice and take up less room in your home.
The first step is assessing how much stuff you want to keep. Remove everything from the room where they are stored, then sort through each individual piece one by one and decide if it has value or meaning for you (or whether it belongs in your collection). If a piece doesn’t fit into this category, consider donating it to charity or selling it online.
If there are any items left over after this process—and many people do end up with some leftovers!—organize them in groups based on size: small items like jewelry should go into one area, medium-sized items like books should go into another area, large items like furniture should go into yet another area…and so on until all your belongings are neatly sorted out by size!
When you declutter antiques and old heirlooms, you can feel a little sentimental at times.
- When you declutter antiques and old heirlooms, you can feel a little sentimental at times.
- You may be sad to let go of these items because they hold so many memories for you.
- They may remind you of the past, or your childhood, or an important event in your life.
- This might make it hard for you to part with them.
I know the feeling.
I know the feeling. I’ve been there, and I’m sure you have too.
It’s hard to let go of things that we love: whether they’re toys or antiques, they are precious to us in their own way because they remind us of a time before now and bring back good memories. But it can also be hard not just to let go but also even think about letting go of things that aren’t loved as much as they used to be—like old clothes or household items that are no longer useful or even did their job well at some point but now feel like clutter around your house.
But if you don’t get rid of these types of things, then soon enough your home will fill up with them! And when this happens, it can make living in your house stressful because there won’t be enough space anywhere (and especially not enough storage space) for all these items—and then what happens? You’ll probably want even less stuff around! Only this time around though…it’ll be harder for you because by then those items will really feel like part of who YOU are—they’ll symbolize everything wrong with how messy YOUR life has become over time—as opposed to being just another random thing lying around somewhere getting dusty while waiting patiently till someone decides what should happen next (or maybe even never).
Those hand-me-down items always have some kind of meaning or story behind them.
If you don’t love it, don’t keep it. No matter what the item is or how long you’ve had it, if there’s an item that you don’t use or admire, put it in a box and mail it back to its owner. If you’re just sentimental about something without actually enjoying it or using it regularly, then by all means put it in your Sentimental Box instead of taking up space in your home. You’ll be doing everyone involved—including yourself—a favor by letting go of these things as soon as possible and moving on with life.
If someone else gave you an antique toy when they were cleaning out their attic and now they want to get rid of this item themselves because they think that their grandkids need new toys more than they do (and who are we to argue?), then go ahead and keep those antiques around for awhile until maybe one day when your own kids have grown into adulthood themselves and become parents themselves with kids who need new toys too (and wouldn’t mind having some old ones handed down from grandma!).
Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean you need to keep them all around your house.
If you’re like me, you’ve managed to accumulate a lot of stuff that doesn’t bring joy. That’s okay! Not everything that’s old will stay in your life forever, but it can be hard to let go of something special just because it isn’t your favorite anymore.
It is so easy to keep things around our houses out of habit or obligation, but if we don’t love them anymore and they’re not adding value or beauty to the rooms where we spend most of our time then why should we? There are so many other ways to fill empty spaces and express ourselves through decorating; there is no reason for these antiques and toys not be enjoyed by someone else who will appreciate them more than us!
It’s okay to let go of things you don’t love just because they’re old.
It’s okay to let go of things you don’t love just because they’re old.
- Don’t keep things just because someone else gave them to you. If Grandma gave you that ugly lamp, do what feels right for your home and pass it on to someone who will use and appreciate it.
- If Grandma also left behind a bunch of old family photos in her apartment when she moved out, well, those are another story… but even there I would consider carefully before deciding whether or not the pictures are worth keeping around for sentimental reasons only—and then make sure they have a place where they can be enjoyed without being an eyesore! (And if they’re really important memories and/or keepsakes, save them digitally.)
- Don’t keep things just because someone might need them one day—either give them away now or put them somewhere safe until they’re needed again; otherwise they’ll clutter up your life instead of enriching it!
Instead, keeping only the antiques that make you happy is the best way to go.
Instead, keeping only the antiques that make you happy is the best way to go. While it’s tempting to keep everything you own, this is often not practical or possible. Instead of storing an entire shelf of old socks in a closet, consider donating those that don’t fit or are torn at Goodwill. It feels good to clear out old stuff and know that someone else will benefit from your unwanted items!
For things like toys and books, think about what memories they hold for you before deciding whether or not to keep them around. If there are toys—like Barbie dolls—that were important in your childhood but aren’t nostalgic for you anymore (or if they’re just collecting dust), consider donating them instead of letting them take up space on a shelf in your home.
Decluttering antiques can be a little overwhelming at first, but there are easy ways to start decluttering what you don’t want or need.
Start by decluttering what you don’t use. Even if it has sentimental value or is worth a lot of money, if you don’t use an item regularly, it can go. Don’t worry about the age of the item or its history—if it’s not serving your needs now, let it go! If you’re not using something because there’s a newer version in your life (e.g., buying a new phone when there isn’t any specific reason why), consider donating that item instead of keeping both around.
Here are a few tips on how to declutter antiques from your home and organize the rest so you can enjoy them for years to come.
- Make sure you have a place to store your antiques.
- Make sure you have a place to display your antiques.
That’s it! That’s all there is to it, really. You don’t need any fancy tips or tricks when it comes to organizing your things—you just need a good plan and the right tools for the job.
If you’re ready to declutter your home and make more space for the things that mean something to you, then I hope these tips have helped! Just remember: It’s all about finding what works best for your situation. For example, if you live in an apartment building with no storage space then it might be difficult for you to get rid of extra stuff. But if there is room in your home or apartment, then try out some of these ideas! They’ll help make decluttering antiques much easier than doing it alone would be (and let’s face it- we all need someone else’s help sometimes).