Downsizing : Moving Made Easy

Downsizing, easy in theory but hard in practice! The transition of moving into a smaller house is very difficult. While it’s very easy to tell yourself “I’m just going to get rid of all the stuff I don’t use” it’s a lot harder than it seems at first. It is human nature to become very emotional when it comes to our personal possessions. We may not realize it, but getting rid of years of personal items can be a real hardship. At the end of the day, we cannot offer a way to make downsizing a happy event, all we can do is offer some advice to make it as stress free and as painless as possible, here’s how:
Have a Yard Sale Selling an item you don’t need is a win-win scenario for you. You get rid of the stuff you don’t want and you get money from it. Get together with your neighbors and organize a yard sale to get rid of unwanted/large pieces of furniture, appliances, and house accessories. It also helps to post a listing for other items that are hard to sell such as books, computer accessories, magazines, and more.
Opt For Items with Storage Options: When moving into a smaller house, it is better to have more storage options. Under-bed storage or wall-mount shelf can save a lot of space when moving to a smaller space. The key is storing items up not out – shelving or stacking, that is. This way, less space is being used for storage. Just remember to utilize the space wisely. Make plans on how many storage bins or boxes are needed for the new house. You definitely do not want any extra bins for your now smaller house. Be efficient and wise when using boxes and bins – you don’t want clutter.
Avoid Duplicates Before moving out, sit down and do a quick inventory. Try to categorize each item and group them together. See if any items have duplicates and get rid of the other one if possible. Keeping duplicate items is bad for your storage since both items have the same function but will cover twice the storage space. Bring only what you need, not what you want.
Be Organized and Be Strict About It A lot of times we store something that we’ve only used one time, on a special occasion. When you have the luxury of bigger space, this is acceptable but when space is a premium, you must be strict on what comes inside the house. A tightly organized storage space in a smaller home can easily become a clutter when several items are added.
Downsizing may be a hassle for us but it doesn’t have to be. When it becomes inevitable, there are ways to make it less painful than it needs to be. Sure, parting with stuff we had over the years can be emotional and hard, giving it away and making way for new experiences is definitely worth it. Remember that whatever the situation is, attitude is key, the more positive you are, the smoother the process will go.
Remember too, there are companies which are dedicated to helping seniors make this transition.
By Kurt LaCount January 2015