If your home is feeling a little too spacious these days, you might be thinking of downsizing, which can be an exciting and liberating experience, but it can also be overwhelming and stressful if not properly planned for. Whether you're moving to a smaller home or simply decluttering your current space, here are 5 things you should do before you downsize to make the process smoother and more enjoyable.
1. Set your goals and priorities. Before you start downsizing, take the time to set your goals and priorities. Ask yourself why you're downsizing and what you hope to achieve. Are you looking to save money on housing costs? What kind of home do you want your next one to be? A condo? One level living? 55+ Community? Golf community? A tiny home? Maybe you want to get an RV and travel. There are so many options! Once you've identified your goals, you can use them as a guide to make decisions about what to keep and what to let go.
2. Discuss your plans with immediate family members. Although they may not live with you anymore, when you tell them you have decided to move, they may need some time to adjust. Let them know your reasons for moving, and reassure those that need to hear it - that they will always be welcome to make new memories with you in your new home. (If you want them to stay with you, plan for this space!)
3. Declutter and Organize. Decluttering and organizing your belongings is an essential step in downsizing. Start by going through each room and identifying items you no longer need or use. Consider donating, selling, or giving away items that are in good condition but no longer serve a purpose in your life. Organize what's left. Label and pack things according to kind or room. Having everything in it's proper place - or already boxed and labeled - will have a significant and positive impact on your move.
4. Understand the many emotions that come with downsizing. You'll be leaving a home where, possibly, many wonderful memories were made. (You'll probably cry when packing!) Know that sadness can be a difficult part of a move, but new beginnings can be exciting and wonderful! Take the memories with you to your new home, and look forward to new memories to be made there. Sometimes guilt is an emotion we feel as parents when deciding to move away from the home where our children were raised. If your kids have flown the coop, it's time to live for you again! They will come visit. :)
5. Hire professional help. Downsizing can be a daunting task, especially if you have a lot of belongings or if you're moving a long distance. Consider hiring professional help to assist with packing, moving, and organizing. A professional downsizing company can also provide valuable guidance and support throughout the downsizing process.
In conclusion, downsizing can be a challenging but rewarding experience. By setting your goals and priorities, talking with the family, decluttering and organizing your belongings, understanding the emotions that accompany this decision, and hiring professional help, you can make the downsizing process smoother and more enjoyable. No matter where you'd like to go, I can help you get there.