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30-Day Clutter Challenge – Week 2: Dishes and Dining Rooms April 9, 2015

It’s our 2nd week of our 30-Day Clutter Challenge, and this week we’re addressing Dishes and Dining Rooms.

In our line of business, we work with a lot of clients who are rightsizing their homes and their lives. Often, they are transitioning from a space where they hosted large dinner parties to something more streamlined. The question always becomes,

“What do we do with all our china?”

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We know that, over the years, we often inherit family dishes and serving items. For some reason, these items hold nostalgic value for us above and beyond their purpose. When we use Aunt Nancy’s holiday china, we’re reminded of times in our youth when the family gathered together for celebrations. Even though we may never actually use Aunt Nancy’s china, it takes up residence in our dining room and cabinets anyway.

When addressing something like china and other pieces residing in our dining room, it’s important to ask ourselves a few questions:

  1. Do I like it?
  2. Do I use it?
  3. Am I attached to it, and if so, why?
  4. Do I need it?
  5. What can I do with it?

Let’s address the last question first. Here at CMFTO, we believe in using and enjoying our favorite pieces. In my own home, I prefer to drink my coffee out of fine porcelain mugs, even if it’s a single piece I found in an antique store. Actually, especially if it’s a single piece. There’s something wonderfully magical about not saving the special china for the once-a-year special occasion, but making each day special by using it regularly. So, if you’re wondering what you can do with your favorite pieces – you can use them!

If, on the other hand, you’re wondering what to do with all the items you no longer wish to keep and use (ie: you answered “no” to most of the questions above), we have another solution.

In addition to donating, auctioning, or consigning your items, you can also have individual and vetted buyers come to your house and make you a direct offer. We work with some excellent buyers who specialize in things like china and silver and who enjoy working directly with our clients. It’s beneficial to you, because the buyer

  • comes directly to your home,
  • removes the purchases immediately after the sale, and
  • pays you directly (no fees to estate agents, auctioneers, or consignors)

Finally, we’ve done the work for you by identifying and vetting each buyer we work with, so we know we can trust them to make the best deal when working with our clients.

Whether you have 20 sets of china or 2, if they’re not being used, you don’t enjoy them, don’t want them, and/or can’t gift them to a family member who does, working with a buyer directly is the perfect solution to clearing out the clutter in the dining room.

All my best,

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