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Housekeeping Tip: Getting rid of gifts

Posted January 15, 2013

Did your Aunt Sally give you a tea cup that just isn't your style for Christmas? Are you holding onto a family heirloom that you really don't like or can't use?

Beverly Kain, a Cary mom of two and owner of House-N-Order, says it's OK to get rid of it. Kain provides decorating and organizing services to families across the Triangle. I featured Kain earlier this month. See another tip in the box above.

"Your home should represent you," she tells me. Beverly Kain Housekeeping Tip: You don't have to keep all those gifts

Watch the quick video interview with Kain for more. Check her website to learn more about what she offers.


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  • amandalewisevans Jan 18, 2013

    We accumulate this type of clutter and so do our kids! I'd love it if there was a "regift-resale" event.... what do you do with the random items that really should not go to a thrift store or in the garbage?

  • shall6 Jan 16, 2013

    For what it's worth ... I have gotten rid of some things like that. It's hard, but for me, it's about the memories and not the stuff. And I know my relative would rather me be happy with a clutter-free house than to hold on to stuff like that. You could always keep a piece or two ... a serving bowl, etc., that you bring out on holidays.

    Sarah (go ask mom)

  • 10hummingbirds Jan 16, 2013

    What about China that was given to us by my husband's Grandmother as a wedding gift? We've only used it one time. I know it's sentimental but we just don't use it and don't have the space to display it.