As baby boomers grow older, we are shifting towards an older population. According to the Office for National Statistics, more than half a million people aged 90 or older are living in the UK.
But when a whole generation is gradually downsizing from a properly furnished, middle-class home to an apartment or a retirement home, one question crosses our mind: what would – or did – you do with your parents’ belongings?
Vintage vs modern
The first and most important step is to make decisions. Which items would you like to keep and fit into your living space? Which items would you prefer to get rid of?
Combining contrasting styles can make your home look unique and dynamic. Your mum’s vintage cabinet would probably look great (and provide extra storage) in your contemporary living room.
Donating to charity
Most of us buy our furniture from online retailers or stores like Ikea. They may not last a lifetime, but at least we chose them ourselves and they are in line with the style of our living space.
By donating part of your inherited possessions to charity, you know your family’s furniture will go to someone who needs it and it will be put to good use.
Auction, eBay or antiques dealers
Instead of feeling obliged to use your mum’s china or just storing it in the cupboard next to your own stuff, selling is an interesting way to part with the things that you simply don’t want.
In an ideal world, you would store your parents’ possessions in the garage or attic, but for most people this is not an option.
If you have no place to put these items, renting a storage unit can be a good alternative to safely store dad’s antique clock or mum’s favourite rocking chair.
With 28 Shurgard locations across London and into the Thames Valley, these precious possessions are never too far away.
Memories and minimalism
You can also look at it from a completely different angle. If you go for minimalism, you can limit yourself to keeping only pictures or a few small items with an emotional value.
What is left are the memories attached to them, in your heart and in your head, right?
We all have a different view on this. Some may find it hard to let go of family possessions, others may not. What is your view on the topic? Please share your comments.