There are some items that can be repurposed. Pine furniture can be painted or refinished to give it a new and updated look. Ruffled bed skirts can be made into Halloween costumes or bridesmaid dresses. Lace doilies could be repurposed as lingerie or donated to an Early American History Museum.

Admittedly, I’m guilty of hanging on to some “tired” décor and trends. I’m also guilty of hanging on to some exhausting and less than useful traditions. Granted, I’m not planning on selling anytime soon, my home or my sister, but I’m taking inventory, and I’m crossing out all traditions that serve zero purpose, other than a trip to the chiropractor (again).

Jen Kirchhoefer is an associate broker and Realtor. She can be reached at 801-645-2134 or

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