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Tuesday, 02 June 2015

Wow!  Is it June already?  I have been so crazy busy that I have not had the opportunity to write a blog for the past few weeks.  I have been working with a lot of clients lately who are downsizing.  They are transitioning out of their home into a smaller home. When this happens, many people struggle with how to fit all of their possessions into a smaller space.  That is where I come in.  I help my clients decide what to keep, what to sell, what to donate and what to throw away in the trash.  

I actually get excited when I hear that someone is moving into a new home.  Although it can be stressful, it is a great time to evaluate your possessions and decide what is truly needed and wanted.  It's a fresh start.  So many of us obtain or collect items during the many years we live in a home and do not take the time to weed through our possessions on a regular basis to re-evaluate what we want or need.  Moving into a new home tends to help so many focus on this task.  However, it can be overwhelming.

It is important to keep in mind the following:

1. Always focus on where you are going and how much space you will have.  You need to constantly remind yourself of the amount of space you will have in your new home to help you make smart choices.  Stay in the present when deciding on an item.  If you hear yourself talking in the past i.e., "I used to use this for...", it is time to let it go.

2. Pick your favorites.  As they say, everything cannot be your favorite.  Be selective about the items you wish to take to your new home and be sure the item is needed or brings you joy.  Don't get stuck in the "Maybe someday I will need it" syndrome.  Your home is intended to be lived in, not acting as a storage unit.  

3. Set a deadline.  Many people who are downsizing are doing so because their kids are grown and have moved out of the home. However, they left their stuff behind for various reasons.  Make sure your kids know you are serious about downsizing and cannot take their stuff with you when you move.  Set a deadline and tell them that they either pick up or have their stuff delivered or shipped by a certain date or it will be donated.  You do not have the room to store their stuff any longer and you do not want the added expense of having it moved to your new home.  

4. Become familiar with the home you are moving into.   If possible, visit the home you are moving into to do some space planning in advance.  This will help you choose the items you will have room for and how they will be set up in the home.  This includes furniture placement and cabinet or drawer storage.  Take pictures if possible to refresh your memory when making these choices.  

5. Organize the packing of boxes and furniture.  Be sure to clearly label your boxes and furniture so the movers will have an easier time putting them into the appropriate rooms in your new home.  Use color coding by taping a colored piece of paper on the doorway of each room that coordinates with the color on the boxes.  Moving companies love when this is done.  It avoids them having to ask you every five minutes which room you want certain items.  It will also save time, which saves you money. 

Downsizing is the opportunity to begin a new chapter in your life.  It can be a stressful time but with the help of a professional organizer, it can be an exciting time!  

If you are overwhelmed with the idea of downsizing, I am here to help.  I can help you go through your possessions to make those important choices, space plan your new home and assist with staging your current home for sale, if need be.  I will work with you to help you through the emotional attachment issues you might be experiencing with your upcoming move.   

There is an upside to downsizing!

Posted by: Audrey Cupo AT 09:07 am   |  Permalink   |  5 Comments  |  Email
Comments:
I love the expression, "everything cannot be your favorite." Such a good reminder! And I couldn't agree with you more about setting deadlines with grown children to have their stuff moved out. I think folks sometimes need to be given permission to get a little 'tough' on this issue with their adult kids.
Posted by Sarah Soboleski on 06/06/2015 - 09:23 AM
You've got some great tips here. The point about your home not being a storage unit is true for everyone, not only people who are downsizing!!
Posted by Seana Turner on 06/06/2015 - 09:58 AM
Yesterday my client decided to rent a storage unit for only 6 months for his grown kids' stuff and after 6 months, anything that is not claimed will be donated or thrown away. I only suggest that storage units be used temporarily, as in this instance. It gets the stuff out of the house, never to return.
Posted by Audrey Cupo on 06/06/2015 - 02:09 PM
Great list of tips for downsizing. I work with empty nesters and their biggest regret is that they spent a lot of money on things they didn't really need. So, to help my husband and I when we downsize, I stopped buying and started weeding through things that I don't love or treasure. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
Posted by Sabrina Quairoli on 06/06/2015 - 03:26 PM
Great idea Sabrina. Glad to share my knowledge.
Posted by Audrey on 06/06/2015 - 04:21 PM

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