I'm talking about furniture...! As some of you may know from previous posts, I've recently closed on a Condo in NYC. Finally having found the ideal place to settle in was so exciting, but even the thought of having to go through all of my stuff and move apartments was daunting. I had accumulated a lifetime of furniture and realized that I had to ask myself some tough questions... Should it stay or should it go? I guess it all depends on your circumstances. Are you going to a bigger space or are you downsizing?
I remember, several years back, I was driving through Colts Neck, N.J. and my friend mentioned to me that people where buying these enormous houses but didn't have enough money to furnish them. Could you imagine too much space to fill? I've never heard of anyone having that problem in NYC. In my business, I deal with people moving all of the time. I have found a lot of people have accumulated sentimental pieces handed down to them from family through the years or purchases from travel, which people tend to be more attached to, so they always come along in a move.
I have many pieces of furniture that have moved with me from the Jersey Shore, to the Hamptons, to several homes in NYC. Fortunately, I have several nieces and nephews who have come to the age where they are getting married or living on their own. I am now ready to give them to the next generation, as I just bought a new apartment and am ready for the new beginnings that a new home offers with new furnishings. Amongst the items I'm giving away to my niece (who is recently engaged and getting married at the end of the year) is a wonderful piece of art called "Love Letters," it was picked out collectively by my family, so it's great to see it go to someone who will enjoy it for years to come.
Also, sometimes the old furniture doesn't fit the style of the new home and I really wanted a clean modern look in the new place. However, there are a few things that I really love and just can't part with, for example I am keeping a beautiful Edward Wormley dining room table from the 1940s, it's not just a piece of furniture, but a piece of art and history, I could never throw it away.
So, aside from those few must have things that are near and dear to my heart, I think I'm going to start fresh this time. Anyway, I like to call these quality problems and decisions. I would love to hear your experiences with should they stay or should they go... your furniture and furnishings of course :)