How to downsize as smoothly as possible
Thinking about downsizing? We work with downsizers all the time, and there is so much more to consider than you could possibly imagine… which is why we’ve created a complete guide with (almost) everything you’ll need to know! Every stage of adult life brings about compelling reasons to downsize. While no downsizing effort is ever comfortable, there are many ways in which you can help smooth over the process. By following these steps, your downsizing process will be less painful, less tiring, and possibly even joyous.
1. Start The Process Ahead of Time
2. Keep in Mind Where You’re Going
3. Start With The Easy Stuff
If your treadmill, Bowflex, or similar exercise equipment has become a glorified clothes rack, you probably won’t use them in your new home. Get rid of them. If you’re planning on staying physically active, join a gym instead!
4. Scale Up Your Effort
If you’re helping elderly family members downsize, consider helping them move away early, so they don’t watch their beloved home being taken apart item by item.
5. Find a new home for items you’re not keeping
HOLD A YARD SALE
GIVE AWAY ITEMS TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS
DONATE TO CHARITIES, SCHOOLS, DAY CARE CENTERS, ETC.
6. Say goodbye to your home
7. Make the transition
Downsizing is an excellent idea with lots of benefits. But it’s not a process that needs to be rushed. If you take the steps needed to make it as smooth as possible, you help make the process feel less painful.
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