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How to downsize with ease

Posted by Chris and Angela Dinnell on March 7, 2022

Downsizing. It’s a daunting word for many. It can be overwhelming to say the least for many people as they prepare for the next stages of their lives.


Many people accumulate an abundance of items over the years, and we find it affects the people who have lived in the same home for generations that struggle with this the most.  That makes perfect sense because when you move more frequently, you tend to shed some items with each move.  When you live in the same home for what seems like forever, you seem to find neverending hiding spots for all the treasures you accumulate over those years.  In fact, the act of moving itself can be enough motivation to do a full sweep of your home’s inventory.  As humans, we dont like to move things to the next phase that no longer serve a purpose for us.

That being said, it’s hard for many people to let go.  Call it sentimental, but when you are downsizing, or moving to a smaller space, it’s often just necessary.  So, how do you go about this process?  It’s not as difficult as it may seem, as long as you have a plan in place.  Depending on your age, mobility level, or time on your hands, you may need to call on some helpers for this process.

Did you know that there are professional services available to you, that wont cost you an arm and a leg to help you?  We know a few great companies that will walk you through the process step-by-step.  But, if you think you are up for the challenge to do it on your own, here are a few helpful tips to get you well on your way.


1.  Give yourself enough time to tackle it before you list your home for sale.  Start this process at least a month in advance if you would like to do this process with ease.


2.  Based on what you will be downsizing into, determine the main things that will be coming with you, 100% and start to create a maybe, and no list.


3. If you are going to be selling items, furniture or expensive housewares, take good photos with lots of light and stage the items in the photos to get a better sale price on those items.  Trust me, it works!  Do not take photos of your items in a dark cluttered space, that will prevent anyone from making you a good offer.

As humans, we dont like to move things to the next phase that no longer serve a purpose for us.

4.If you are hauling out quite a bit of junk, consider hiring a junk removal company and getting it all done on the same day.


5.  Box up items that you want to keep and move with you, as you move through the process.  This is helping you with the packing process well in advance of your move, and also helps out with the staging process for your listing, in advance.


6.  Re visit your “maybe keeping list” many times.  Make sure you are keeping your items of desire, for good reason.  Keep your new square footage in mind when deciding.  Do you need 25 towels in your new home, or how about bed sheets for 10 beds?  Probobly not.


7.  Take it slow, and the rest will sort itself out.  If you are a senior, invite your family over to look at your not keeping and maybe piles, prior to getting rid of things.  It might make you happier to keep your furniture or items in the family, but if they dont want it, dont take it personal.  Everyone has their own unique taste.


For more tips on how to downsize for your next phase of life, reach out to us, anytime.

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