You or your loved ones have come to the realization that it’s time to start thinking of downsizing. But where to begin?
Moving is stressful enough, but it’s even more stressful the longer you’ve been in your home. So, we are counting down the top 10 tips for downsizing and de-stress your move!
We specialize in helping baby boomers and above downsize out of their current home and right-size into their new home.
The countdown begins with number 10: It’s never too early to start the downsizing process. Start with the areas of the house that are often the biggest challenge, like your garage, attic, and file cabinets. Start donating and gifting items. Your generosity will be appreciated by others, whether it’s family members or charities. Clearing out your items and knowing that they will get put to great use will feel awesome on so many levels.
Number eight: What to do with those boxes of old photos and videos. The best answer? Digitize them! You can do this yourself or have a family member help. There are also companies that will specialize in this service. Digitizing your photos and old videos is the best way of preserving and sharing them with family members.
Number seven: Okay, let’s tackle all of those books. It’s funny, I personally don’t have a lot of physical books, I prefer audio books. However, whenever I’m looking at homes and there’s a library, that’s always my favorite room in the house. So if you’re a collector of books, it will probably take you some time to pare down your collection. The books you plan on parting with can be donated to either libraries, senior centers, GoodWill, other charities. And then you may want to contact a book dealer for any book that may have some value.
Number six: Use it, don’t move it. Meaning if you have a supply of canned goods, frozen foods, paper items, start using these things up right away. If you have lot of these types of items, you may want to consider donating them to the local Food Bank.
Number five: Paint and chemicals in the house will need to be dealt with. You can’t leave these items for the new home owner. If you’ve been in your house for a long time, chances are you probably have a ton of old paint cans and chemicals around the house. A great website for finding local resources for hazardous collections is earth911.org.
Number four: Keep a list of people, places, utilities and services that will need to be notified of your upcoming change of address. And also, you don’t want to lose touch with your friends!
Number three: Plan your space ahead of time. A floor plan will help you determine which pieces of furniture will fit and the best positions for them. This will cut down on surprises on your move day.
Number two: This is good advice for anyone moving. Pack a survival kit. Moving day can be hectic. Pack a kit with your essentials such as medications, including any pet meds, eyeglasses, toiletries, any important papers, snacks, water, small tool kit, toilet paper, paper towels, and soap. Also, make sure you know what type of payment your movers will take and have that available.
And finally, Number 1 don’t be afraid to ask for help! Moving is not easy and you shouldn’t do it by yourself.
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