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Tackling The Tools March 28, 2017 Tags: , , , , ,

CMFTO™ 3rd Annual Clutter Challenge: Tools

One of the biggest questions we receive from clients who are rightsizing and leaving behind the care and maintenance of a garden or property is:

What do I do with all my tools?

Transitioning from a family home to a condo, planned community with maintenance included, or even a townhouse or senior living location means we no longer need the various tools we have acquired over the years to lovingly maintain our homes. Often we have invested a lot of money in our tools, and we spend both time and money to keep them in good working condition, so discarding them isn’t practical. But what do we do with them instead?

This is one of the editing categories that needs to be addressed a little differently than, say, clothing or linens. Though, to begin with, we can ask the same preliminary questions:

  • Does it work?
  • Is it damaged?

If it needs repair, then it’s best to look into donation sites that accept damaged tools either for recycling, or to repair themselves and sell on or use. Alternatively, you can check with your local recycling center on how they address damaged tools.

If the tool works, then we have other questions to ask:

  • Will I ever need it?
  • Will any of my family or friends need it?
  • Can it be sold?
  • Should it be sold or donated?

If you truly won’t need it (though we recommend keeping a small tool box of essentials, such as a hammer, screwdriver, pliers, and wrench, just in case), then it’s time to find out who might need it. We begin with family, where the tool can be gifted. Your snowblower might be greatly appreciated by your child who still uses shovels.

Alternatively, you can often sell larger tools, such as lawnmowers, instead of giving them away. Local selling sites are good for this purpose, or you can employ the help of a professional such as CMFTO™ to invite trusted buyers to your home to make you an offer.

Finally, what’s left can usually be donated or recycled. Not all organizations accept tools, but many do. A little bit of research will help you sort out the best place to make your donation.

All my best,

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