4 Ways to Make Downsizing Easier
Whether you’re downsizing your own home or a loved one’s, the process can be very involved. Condensing your life is hard, especially if you’ve lived many years in your current home. Here are 4 helpful tips for downsizing.
1. Tackle one category at a time
Don’t try to cram too much into a day, or you and your loved ones will get discouraged and tired. So, for example, take a day to just focus on kitchen items or another day on paperwork. Try to keep things that serve multiple purposes, like a can opener that also serves as a bottle opener. Consider when the last time you used certain items was. Chances are if you haven’t used it in the past year, you won’t when you move either.
2. Get creative
The goal is to purge as much as possible, so get creative. Make a game out of it by keeping track of how many boxes each person gets rid of, give an incentive for whoever gives away/purges the most! Help your family view donations to thrift stores as a way to help people; this may inspire them to give more. If you can, scan or snap a photo of paperwork you can store on a hard drive or your computer. Think of creative ways like this to keep what you need without it taking up too much space.
3. Out of sight, out of mind
Once a decision is made about a particular item, no matter how big or small, get it out of the house as quickly as possible. If your mother decides, albeit reluctantly, that she is willing to get rid of the treadmill, sell or donate it immediately. The longer un-needed items remain inside the house, the stronger the urge becomes to second-guess and reconsider getting rid of them.
4. Focus on the end-goal
To “have less stuff” is not much motivation, especially for those who like to collect or save things. The goal should be to make things easier. Less stuff means less maintenance. This frees up your time and money to do things you love like fishing or crocheting. This line of reasoning is particularly helpful with older parents or grandparents. Tap into what they value, show them how getting rid of things may not be fun but there is great reward to be had in the end.
If you’re worn out from downsizing and dread the packing process still to come, contact us! We’d be more than happy to lighten your load.