Have you been wondering how to down-size and now with the pandemic you are wondering if it makes sense?
I am going to talk about How to Downsize and what you can do now to get ready to move on from the home that you have been in for many years.
If you are like me, you have been in your current home a long time and perhaps your children are about to move out or have already. You have accumulated a lot and do not plan to bring it all with you to your next location. I am going to give you five things that you should do now to get ready:
#1 Start Early! Minimally you should start about three months in advance. I have clients who want to downsize in a year and have begun the process now. Some tasks, like going through old photos, can take a while. Plan ahead.
#2 Access your needs. Go through each space in your home and get rid of what you know you can live without. Make piles for donating and others for the trash. Maybe consider holding a garage sale.
#3 If you have already purchased your new home, then make sure you have the measurements so you can plan where your furniture will fit. The rest can be easily sold or donated. I have names of people that can sell items of worth for you and get rid of the rest. Just let me know!
#4 Donate, Trash and Sell. Now that you have piles of items to give away, trash and sell, just get it done.
#5 Adopt a “no clutter” policy in your next home! Now that you have gone through the trouble of getting your living space in order, try to keep it that way. As we get older, we have a much better idea of what we need and since your new home will be much smaller you will find it can get filled quickly if you let it!
Downsizing is a great strategy, as it often means fewer expenses and less trouble overall. Follow the steps I just mentioned above and hopefully, your move will be easier and less stressful.
Let me know if you have questions or would like help with the process. Stay safe and as always I am here to help!
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