Are you overwhelmed with the amount of items cluttering your home? Are you thinking, “Where is all my stuff going to go? This will never fit in a smaller home, let alone a smaller condo.” Here are some tips and tricks to help you prepare to downsize into a smaller home or condo
Tips to help you prepare to downsize
Don’t give up! Downsizing and getting rid of some bigger items can be a lot easier than you think. Here are some tips to help you simplify the process.
Stay on task and on schedule
When you begin thinking about downsizing, it’s important to stay on task and adhere to a specific time-line or check list. It’s easy to procrastinate and wait until the last minute to worry about where all that stuff is going to go once moving day comes. However, the longer you put it off, the more stressful things can get.
Plan for the new space
To begin, plan ahead by figuring out how much space will be available in your new home. See if they have a floorplan available that you can take a look at. An idea of how much space you will have can help narrow down which items will make the move with you.
Use a tagging system to categorize items
From there, work on separating and tagging the items that will stay behind into different categories. What items can be donated? What items will be sold? What items can go to children or other family members? Creating a tagged system like this can streamline the downsizing process and will help keep you organized.
While working with family members remember to try and stay empathetic. Many people attach memories to their belongings, making it hard for them to say goodbye. What may look like a piece of junk to you, may have sentimental value to your family member. Keep their feelings in mind as you help them make the tough decisions.
Help get belongings where they need to go
Once you have finished deciding on where everything will go, it’s time to get everything to its respective place or new owner. You may have family members or friends nearby that will be willing to assist with getting these items where they need to go, but in the case that they do not, consider helping them hire a downsizing professional or moving company to take on the burden of transporting everything. As a Senior Real Estate Specialist, I have access to different vendors, that will do just that, creating a stress-free move for all involved. Please feel free to give me a call for vendor referrals.
As space clears up in your home, and moving day approaches, you’ll be thankful you started the process early and built your support system.