Moving from the Family Home and downsizing a lifetime of possessions is really, really hard.
As we get older, decision making actually becomes more emotionally stressful. We specialize in helping baby boomers and above downsize out of their current home, and right size into their new home. The decision making process is the absolute hardest part of downsizing. Some decisions are pretty easy. You’ve got two sets of mixing bowls, you keep one, the other one goes to Goodwill, done. Other decisions are so much tougher to make, like the large heirloom pieces of furniture that have been in the family for generations. However, now you don’t have space for it and your kids are not interested in it. These are the types of decisions that are really difficult and are often compounded by an added layer of guilt.
Often the decision making process will paralyze you from moving forward. If this sounds like you, what you may want to consider is either having a friend come in to help with you with this process or hire a professional organizer to help. One benefit of hiring a professional is that since you are paying for this service, most home sellers get really serious about the project and get the job done more efficiently. Bringing in help doesn’t mean that you are abdicating the decision of what to keep to someone else. Having a friend or professional will also help keep you motivated during the process. Oftentimes, we really just need a little emotional support to make those tougher decisions, or sometimes someone else’s approval that yes, it really is okay to sell or donate Great Grandmother’s beautiful table. Having an emotional attachment to things is normal, but that doesn’t mean that we have to actually hold onto that item. A great way to preserve the emotional attachment to the item is with a picture. With a photo, you will always have the emotional connection to the item.
We say this all the time, but downsizing is a process and it’s best to start as early as possible. If you’re downsizing from the large family home, get your kids and other relatives involved as soon as possible. Let them know what your plans and goals are. Getting family involved early will alleviate a ton of stress for you later. This way you’ll know early in the process what people want, and maybe more important, what they don’t want. They may also come up with other creative ideas that you hadn’t thought of, of what you can do with all of your stuff.
Over the years, we all tend to accumulate too much stuff. But we also wanna feel good or at least not guilty about how we get rid of our stuff when downsizing, especially things that were given to us or that were handed down. Finding the right home for your stuff and feeling good about re-homing your stuff, is a vital step in the downsizing process.
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