Most Empty Nesters embrace the challenge of downsizing with a combination of excitement and hesitation. Those looking to downsize are typically excited to leave behind the work, cost, and stress of maintaining a large home, and look forward to having more time for travel and recreational pursuits.
As exciting as all of this sounds, the task of downsizing comes with its challenges: Gifting. Passing on. Repurposing. Donating. Tossing. All new terminology that downsizers need to understand when tackling the process of moving to a smaller place. And while the move to a newer home is exciting, the big question remains: what should I do with all my possessions?
Here are a few solutions that will make the downsizing process as painless as possible:
One Room at a Time
Tackle the downsizing process one room at a time. This will help segment the work and make the process more enjoyable. It will also help to relieve some of the pressure you may be feeling about completing the task.
Have a Sorting Room
Choose one room in the house that can be your space for sorting. In your sorting room, designate three areas; what to keep, what to donate, and what to toss. Items in the ‘keep’ pile will be packed, the ‘donate’ pile will be given away, and the ‘toss’ pile can go into the garbage.
Regularly clear out the toss pile by putting your accumulating toss bags out with your weekly trash. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and keep the area tidy.
Most people have way too many clothes! Go through your wardrobe with a critical eye: does it fit anymore? Will it ever? Is it a relic from the 70’s? Is it a colour or style that never felt like it suited you? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then add those to the donate pile right away!
Are the clothes stained, sagging, or worn out? If so, put them in the toss pile. Only donate clothes that others can wear.
If you will have more family portraits in frames than wall space in your new home, take them out of the frames and put them in an album, then donate the frames to charity. This will also save space and leave you room to showcase your favorites.
When it comes to bigger items, you need to ask yourself some hard questions. Will your current furniture fit in your new place? Will it be the right style? Is it so worn out that it isn’t worth it to move it? This is a great time to evaluate which pieces are a good fit, and allow yourself to upgrade those that need replacing.
What’s your biggest challenge in the downsizing process?
Downsizing can be a challenging and rewarding project for residential homeowners. Stay tuned for our second downsizing feature where we learn about local community organizations who will accept your donations, and special ways to share and pass down your sentimental items to family members.
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