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Simplifying: How to Get Your Grown Kids’ Things Out of the House

Many of my clients who are downsizing or simplifying have children who have moved out long ago, but somehow neglected to take 20-plus years of their belongings with them. Items I commonly see stored indefinitely at mom and dad’s include memorabilia from childhood, sports equipment from high school, textbooks and household items from college, musical instruments, old clothes, inherited heirlooms, wedding gowns — the list goes on.

It can be hard to let go, and often both parent and child might have a sentimental attachment to these relics. But if you are moving to a smaller home or simplifying your existing household, it just may be time. Our guide can help.