Moving into a smaller space can be challenging – therefore it’s important to identify the reason(s) why you’re doing it and understand it’s perks. The perks are what will get you through this process, giving you that extra fuel to get it done.
Elsie was frustrated with the property maintenance, upkeep, and cost. She no longer needed that size of a home and the running cost involved with maintaining the home. Facing the day-to-day financial stress of having to carry the cost of such a home she decided to simplify and not continue worrying about expensive house payments. We were able to close on the home sale with cash preventing her from facing foreclosure, she instantly received a sense of relief.
Downsizing means decluttering, there are no ifs or buts. Start with the simple: get rid of things you no longer need, use, and/or broken things (yes, we all have things that we say, we will fix and never get around to do it). To keep you focus on the perks: the more you get rid of, the less you have to move!
Categories of things you should get rid of:
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After decluttering, take a closer look on what you are keeping and your next home. It is very important to understand this concept, because it might sound a repetition from the last tip but it’s not.
For example, if you are moving from a big house to an assisted living facility or an apartment, chances are that some of your furniture might be too big and then make your new place feel cluttered or even uncomfortable to move around.
In order to do this successfully, you may want to ask for a copy of the floor plan of your new place, with the dimensions of the living space and the square footage. This can help with planning things out in what will be a smaller property, knowing the space well, and understand it better.
Once you have settled what will make sense to move, all your unwanted items (including furniture) in good condition can be sold on Facebook marketplace or Next Door, also you can hold a garage sale on your neighborhood – that way you can allow people to come and pick up the items directly from your house which will save you a lot of hassle and time.
The key is to think about what you truly love, and what you really need. That’s all you should be taking with you.
Trusted family members can help you in many ways through this process, specially when we are referring to nostalgic items and family heirlooms. You may well find that these close family members will happily take a few items that remind them of special loved ones to treasure in their own homes.
Also, who said heirlooms need to only be given away after you pass? If you already know what you would like your children/grandchildren to have as an heirloom, why not give them to them now, or let them make the decision whether they are kept or not. Most of the times, giving these heirlooms while you are still on earth, makes them even more special.
When referring to nostalgic items, you need to think about what memories the item evokes, and how important it is to you. If it doesn’t make the cut, then find a way to repurpose it, or give it to someone who would love and appreciate it.
Tips for Nostalgic Items: