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Thinking about Downsizing? This will get you started!

September 14, 2017

Since you've probably been thinking about it for some time, and you know the Upsides to Downsizing, you're now ready to take a leap of faith and go for it! Downsizing can be a challenging and time consuming process, but it is ultimately a great way to save money and reduce the stress in your life caused by clutter. Give yourself plenty of time to let the idea sink in and then get started with these helpful tips.

  1. Make a plan. Walk through your house, garage, and storage areas with a pen and paper and make a list of what needs to be done. Create a timeline for each project so it doesn't feel so overwhelming.
  2. Think about where you will be moving. Measure your new room sizes so you know exactly which furniture will physically fit. Items you once had for show, may not work in your new space. For example, if you are moving to a small condo, you probably won't need your large dining hutch. Additionally, if you are moving to a retirement community that provides lawn maintenance, you won't need to bring most of your yard equipment, and so on.
  3. Tackle storage areas like the attic and basement first, where you will likely come across forgotten items in dark corners. Open boxes and decide what to do with the contents. Sort the items into categories such as keep, donate, trash, sell, pass on to your children, etc. If these items have been out of sight for so long, they may just have sentimental value. Be realistic in what you should keep.
  4. As you move throughout the rest of your home, take time to do a deep cleaning in each room. Embrace minimalistic thinking and ask yourself, "Does this item bring me joy at this time in my life?" If the answer is no, it is time to part with it.
  5. Consolidate smaller items. If you have a lot of photos in albums that are important to you, scan them and store them on your computer. Take pictures of keepsakes that you want to remember so you can look at them anytime. Photo albums and boxes of memorabilia take up a lot of space, which you may not  have room for in your new home.
  6. Re-evaluate what you need. If your children have left home, you won't need as many dishes or towels as you once did. If you are going from a five-bedroom home to a two-bedroom home, you will not need all the extra furniture, bedding, and accessories from those additional rooms. Box up what you are keeping and label it in detail so you can easily find what you need in your new home.

Downsizing takes time. It's a job that is both physically and emotionally demanding. By having a plan and giving yourself plenty of time, you will make better decisions and reduce the stress that comes with moving. Look forward to the benefits of decluttering and the joy it will bring to the next chapter in your life.

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