So you’ve finally reached that tipping point of needing a roommate? Whether it’s a significant other, best friend, or total stranger, you’ll both probably have to make some serious adjustments to the amount of belongings you have. Deciding what can be junked, donated or sold is always a hard decision. You must learn to part with old trinkets and items that you no longer use. Although, there are some items that you should keep that you may not be thinking about. To help you make sure those items aren’t trashed or sold, we’ve put together a list for you.
- Heirlooms - This may seem like a no brainer for most, but when those plates passed down from your grandparents collect enough dust to make a dust bunny family, it can be hard not to toss them. Save them though, and use them when you have family over to bring back memories from old times. Antiques may also seem pointless now, but like wine, they’ll get better with age, and you’ll appreciate them when that time comes.
- Lamps - Unless you live where the sun rarely sets, you’ll always need light at some point during the day. Lamps are also great for filling space on end tables, nightstands, and corners of rooms when using a stand up lamp. When used right, lighting can also bring a different ambiance to any room, which means the more options.
- Artwork - Aside from old tour posters signed by artists, there comes a time when we all realize that posters may not be the best ways to cover our walls. That’s where artwork comes in. Whether it be paintings, prints or photographs, anything beats an empty wall. It makes a home or apartment feel like it’s your own. Another great thing about art is that it can be re-framed and made to feel new again at any time.
- Home Bar - It might be time to stop buying off the bottom shelf, but there’s no reason to throw away your home bar just yet. You may no longer be trying to impress a significant other with your bar cart, but now you can impress friends and family. Keeping a well stocked bar is a great way to make sure every guest at dinner or a party enjoys their time.
- Old Towels - This one may seem like a mistake, but it’s not. An old towel can have a new life in a matter of seconds. Cut them down and use them for use as a cleaning rag around the house or in the garage. This will save you money on paper towels and allow you to spend that money elsewhere.
- Decorative Pillows - After moving in with someone your throw pillows may no longer match the furniture, but like the towel, you can bring them back in another way. Simply purchase covers or make your own for continued use. Lastly, don’t be afraid to use them in a different way than when you originally purchased them. A new cover can take your couch pillow to appropriately matching your bed decor.
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