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Unpacking Kitchen

Time to Move: Sell? Discard? Gift? 

“Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else.”

– Fred Rogers

Clear The 'Memorabilia' aka Junk

Once you reach retirement age, it's important to reduce your baggage.   Not everyone will have the emotional attachment to the stuff that you've collected over your lifetime - it's better to sell, donate or trash as much as possible.    We don't want our heirs to complain about our hoarding once we're gone...take charge of your possessions and distribute, eliminate or trash before you go.  


In Scandinavian countries, there's a concept called Swedish Death cleaning where you organize, get rid of furniture, clothing, jewelry, etc...eliminate the mountain of documents in a systematic manner and live a less stressed life.   

In case you decide to move, you'll also have less baggage and live clutter free.  Focus on the essentials rather than on superfluous things.   

Even if you don't move, take the time to sort, sell, throw or gift as many items as possible.  It reduces stress and allows you to feel more in control of your space.   

​If you are moving to India, there will be lots to consider and prepare for before you head across the globe. You may need to decide what you want to take with you and what you can give away to others.   Before you plan on shipping your stuff, it is crucial that you know all about the customs regulations and charges imposed on arrival.  This may change your outlook on what you want to take and what you want to give away.   


The rate of duty applicable on some goods imported by passengers returning to India is 15.3%. The passenger must show proof of stay in the US for more than one year in the past 2 years. Goods such as electronics, television, air conditioner, refrigerator and dish washer are charged at the above mentioned duty rate. 

There are many moving companies that specialize in international moves, specifically to India.  They will have questions (see below) before they're able to provide you a quote on moving charges.  

  1. Your moving timeline. When do you need to be in India?

  2. Your real estate plans. Will you be renting or buying?

  3. Your family/household size. Will you be moving alone or with your family? For business or personal reasons?

  4. Cubic feet estimate. How large is your shipment?

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