For most seniors who are either empty-nesters or simply have more house than they need anymore, downsizing inevitably just the next step. Yet figuring out where to start in the consolidation process can be overwhelming, so we’ve devised this five-pronged method to help you get through the downsizing process unscathed and worry-free.
- Follow your plan, not your mood.
Perhaps the home you’re parting ways with was the first house you bought with your partner, or where you raised your children. Regardless of the story, bidding farewell to a former home can sometimes be a sentimental and emotionally taxing experience, so give yourself the proper time and space to cope. Planning is one of the best ways to preemptively prevent emotions from running high. As aforementioned, the collective downsizing process might seem a bit daunting at first, but methodical preparation can surely set you up for success. Mental clarity begins with visible clarity, so start purging any clutter before you start packing! For some homeowners this may mean giving up their favorite armchair while others may have trouble parting with children's toys from years past. The key is making decisions based on how much room you'll have in the smaller space, which segues nicely into our next point:
- Use it or lose it.
★ Before diving headfirst into all the sorting and packing, do an initial walk through of your house and make a list of things you don’t want any more right off the bat
★ Don’t overthink it! If something is a ‘maybe,’ donate it. Only make room for items that either bring you joy or are functional day-to-day objects that you frequently use
★ If you have two of the same things, donate one!
- Downsize your debt.
- Let’s get digital, digital!