Do you or someone you love need to consider downsizing after living in a home for many years? Maybe the current home is a little more than they can now keep up (or want to), perhaps a relocation to a different city or state is on the horizon. Fr whatever reason, downsizing can be a daunting task. moving means sorting through a lifetime of possessions and dealing with the emotions of downsizing that comes with them. If you’re thinking of downsizing to fit your current lifestyle, there are some things to consider.
1) Be kind when you start. Whether you are tackling this task for yourself or helping someone you love, approach it with kindness, both for yourself and others. Remember that Home is where the heart is. Many memories of birthday parties, celebrations, family meals all contribute to what makes a house a home. Don’t negate the memories, and understand that part of this process will be difficult. BE KIND to all involved. There may be a mixture of excitement and fear.
2) Remember the most important part of any task is getting started. Start slow if you must, but start to start. Perhaps starting with the least emotional area first, and then develop your own rhythm. Gradually work your way up to difficulty.
3) Make a plan. This is so important. Even just a list of what to prioritize and work through it. Share your plan with those who are involved in the process, no matter what their part will be. It helps keep everyone on target and keep focused. A third person, preferably neutral party, is a good person to help with this. This is one of the most rewarding tasks of my job, by the way, the relief on clients’ faces when we get a plan, no matter how large or small, is so rewarding. Let someone help you with this.
4) Remember, your goal is to keep possessions that reflect who you are now, not who you were then. By reducing your responsibilities and potentially increasing your cash flow, you are embarking on a new path. Be flexible, but remain positive as much as you can.
5) Know the value of your items. Great Aunt Martha’s china may bave meant a lot to you when you were younger, but honestly how much china do you still plan to use? Can you keep a couple pieces for display and bless someone else with it? Clothing that you no longer wear or need would be wonderful for someone in need. Got a beautiful piece of jewelry that you no longer will wear? Toys that once belonged to your kids who are now in their 30’s may be something they want for their own kids, or may be something they know someone else might use. Be open to blessing others.
6) Work with someone you trust. Often a good friend who can share your memories with can be a big help. A professional organizer might be someone you can trust to help you too. Most of us are in this business because we care, let us help you.
Don’t let it overwhelm you. Think positive. You can do this.