How to get Started Downsizing?
Hi, I am Christina Swain with Opus Elite Real Estate. It can take a long time to downsize and often, my clients have lived in their home for years. They become overwhelmed by the whole idea of downsizing and the project gets put on hold.
Let’s break it down into 3 easy steps:
1. Tackle one room at a time Breaking an overwhelming task down into smaller manageable tasks will help motivate you.
2. Sort your belongings Will you use it? If you haven’t used it in the past year, it’s likely you never will. Also, get rid of multiples. Do you have multiple coffee pots, or several sets of china?
As you sort, follow a strict yes/no policy —no “maybes” allowed. Make a “yes” pile and a “no” pile, and force yourself to choose.
You may further break up the “no” pile to include various piles such as: family members, donate, and a garage sale pile.
3.Preserve Memories For most of my clients who have lived in their home for years, the sentimental attachment to their home is hard to get past. Downsizing is a great time to take those photo albums and digitize them. Give them to your family and friends.
Downsizing is an emotional process. You will discover items you haven’t seen in years. Give yourself some time to reminisce. Take with you what is truly valuable — only you can decide what you can not do without.