Seniors know that they eventually have to downsize to cut costs, simplify their lifestyle, deal with medical issues, or to be closer to their grand kids. The process is usually tolling and stressful, both physically and emotionally. However, you don’t have to feel overwhelmed. Here are a few downsizing tips for seniors.
Senior-friendly Downsizing Tips
Give yourself enough time to downsize. The downsizing process will take longer than you expect so you need to have a lot of time to sort through all of your belongings. You can’t do this in just a single day or one weekend. Give yourself a more realistic timeframe like a few weeks or months. Work on one room at a time and make sure to take breaks as needed. You’ll find downsizing less stressful if you are not rushed.
You are probably eyeing things that you want to get rid of in your garage or kitchen. However, it’s not recommended to start in such a big room. Remember that you’ve got several years worth of things to go through in these parts of your house. Not to mention the emotional attachment that you have with these items.
Basements, attics, and garages are known to be notorious because it is where homeowners usually store unused boxes, old holiday decors, old hobbies, and clutter. It’s better to start small and begin in areas where you have little emotional attachment. Some good options are the linen closet or the laundry room. You should know what your needs are. For example, if you are moving into a house with two bedrooms only, then having four sets of sheets should be enough and you can get rid of the rest. If you are having a hard time, you can always hire a professional moving help.
Get Rid of Rooms You Won’t Have In Your New House
In case you are moving into a townhome or an apartment, you probably won’t have an office space or a garage. Almost everything in those spaces have to be relocated to a different room, tossed, donated, or sold. Items like office furniture may also be good for garage sales or consignment.
Get Rid of Duplicates
This holds true for many of your kitchen items. You probably have a few big pots, several spatulas, and cookie sheets. This is the perfect time to get rid of clutter. In case you’re having second thoughts in handing off an item that you think you’ll be using for the next holiday, why don’t you give it to someone who needs it the most.
Create Yes or No Piles Only
If you are going through your belongings, there will be some items that you will feel an emotional attachment to, and you will be tempted to create a maybe box, when in fact, you should only have a Yes or No pile. Don’t fall for this trap. If you do, you will end up with a bigger pile than the two. Keep items that you use all the time. Let go of those that are sitting in your closet or shelf for at least year.
Reduce Your Collections
Letting go of collections is difficult. But keeping them takes up a significant amount of space, too. If you are downsizing, you need to cut back on your collections. Instead of keeping them all, why don’t you take photos of some of your collections so you’ll have something to remember them by before you donate or sell them. Remember, you can do all these things yourself or you can hire moving help, instead.
Call Brunswick Organizing Solutions now if you need assistance in downsizing or if you need moving help.
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