Moving always has the tendency to be stressful, but adding downsizing to the mix can seem daunting. Down-sizing can be challenging, but with the right attitude, it doesn’t have to be stressful. Change the way you approach downsizing, and you will actually find it to be a positive experience. Sometimes paring down means donating half of your attic to charity.
It boils down to what brings you happiness and what will look good in your new home. Clearly, some of your “stuff” is just cluttering up your life. You will be surprised at the sense of freedom you will feel when you start “tossing.”
Tips for keeping your sanity while downsizing:
Inventory your belongings:
Let’s face it, you probably have lost track of many of your possessions.
If you are typical, you have more than you think you have. Starting to tackle the clutter early is a good idea. Remember, you don’t have to address all your rooms at once. Approach this on a room-by-room basis. Putting together an Inventory will help you to decide what items you should be moving to your next home. This is an excellent time to put together a second list of things that you are not planning to take with you. Now is the time to ask your kids what they want. This will help you determine what you need to dispose of. Don’t be surprised if no one wants your china, crystal, or silverware.
Floor Plan for your new home:
Having a floor plan of your new home will help layout where you will place your furniture and will help you to understand what is extra and what you should plan to keep.
For instance, will your new home have a Dining Room or just an informal eating space? Will that old chest fit in the spare bedroom? Do you need the fireplace tools if your next house does not have a fireplace? Will you have room for the piano? It’s time to make a decision on these items and plan to donate them or have a house sale.
Consider the details of your new home:
If you’re moving to Florida or a milder climate than New Jersey, it’s time to think about the snowblower and snow boots.
What will your life look like in your new home? Be practical and only take the items that will fit in with your new lifestyle.
When sorting through your things, create a system like the Pros Keep/Donate/Toss:
Assemble some moving boxes into various rooms of your home.
One room will hold all of the items to donate. Another will be your room for the things you plan to keep. The third room is for your items to toss.
This will keep you on track, and you will be able to visualize the situation. Stay focused! You can do this!
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