Move-Ready Millennials Say ‘Meh’ to Boomer Abundance

Clutching possessions for posterity? It’s OK to ease your grip. Here’s the reality: Millennials typically view their parents’ prized items as one, big collective pain in the posterior. It comes down to values and taste. Those born between 1980 and 2000 operate under a much different point of reference concerning ownership vs. the generations preceding them. The seemingly abstract concept of digital ownership is, ironically, far more tangible to millennials than the concrete brick-and-mortar “permanence” valued by baby boomers and the Depression-era generation. Virtual is in; physical is out. Lotsa stuff is viewed as the proverbial millstone around the neck. Limited inventory equals the path to freedom. Millennials tend to want to embark on a local move or move across country with the least amount of hassle.

Placing your stuff

“That’s the whole meaning of life, isn’t it? Trying to find a place for your stuff,” comedian George Carlin liked to observe during one of his famous routines. “That’s all your house is…a pile of stuff with a cover on it.” The late funnyman’s mocking social indictment 30 years ago now can be appreciated as predicting the millennial mantra of minimalism. News outlets as diverse as The New York Times, Observer, The Washington Post, Business Insider and The Christian Science Mentor all are singing a unified chorus: Millennials (and even Gen X-ers) don’t want their immediate ancestors’ “antiques.” There’s also this thing about brown…as in furniture…as in brown furniture. Numerous news reports emphasize that Millennials find brown furniture about as desirable as fool’s gold to a prospector. And they wouldn’t give all the tea in China for a tea set or some fine china—once hallmarks of a complete middle-class home. Though this trend might pain some people, perhaps it’s best viewed with a sigh of relief, particularly if you’re contemplating downsizing. Not sure where to start first? Start just about anywhere.

Lift the burden

This knowledge should free up boomers and others who’ve burdened themselves with unneeded household items under the misguided concept their children want their stuff someday. If an interstate move is on the immediate or longer-term horizon (maybe in anticipation of retirement), why not think about selling, donating or discarding items now so that move will be a lot easier on you and family members when the time comes? Instead of assuming your sons or daughters (or grandchildren) want certain items, why not ask them? Have a conversation, and don’t be put off if your offspring don’t appreciate that chunky Reagan-era oak cabinet. On the other hand, a midcentury modern item just might be the piece they’ve been seeking to spruce up their home office. But if you don’t need it (and they don’t want it), does it make sense to move furniture across country?

Let go

Don’t hold onto items you don’t value anymore, either. There’s no sense in paying for moving and relocation services to transport items you don’t want or need. You could save money on your cross country move and free up valuable interior space in your new home. Also resist the urge to keep things in storage indefinitely. Seeking downsizing advice? Look no further than home mover Jackson’s Relocation Services. We’re the interstate moving company in Sedalia, Missouri who’ll go the distance for you. Contact us to learn how our status as not only one of the top moving companies in Missouri, but also one of the premier national moving companies, can make your life easier. Whether you’re seeking an interstate moving company or local movers in Sedalia, contact our team now for a moving quote at either (660) 826-6898 or (800) 452-6683.

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