Whether it’s getting rid of unused space, the appeal of less maintenance or simply wanting a change of scenery, many boomers are opting to downsize. While this is an exciting change, going through years of accumulated belongings, collections and heirlooms can be overwhelming. Follow this helpful guide to ensure a successful and organized downsizing process.
Gather What’s Most Precious to You
Make a list of the things most important to you and gather them up first. Enlist a friend or family member to help you with the list to make sure you don’t forget anything. Moving and packing can become chaotic, so secure the items you absolutely want to keep to guarantee they aren’t lost in the shuffle.
Gather all your favorite photos, important documents and old home movies and have them digitized. Scanning old slides, photos and other items to a flash drive or other digital format is a service provided by many local companies or online. Not only will this save you space, it will also provide you peace of mind knowing that your family photos and videos are easily accessed and safe in case of disaster.
Have a Layout of Your New Home
Understanding the layout and square footage of your new home will allow you to be realistic about what you can comfortably keep. Too much furniture will overpower a space and make it feel crammed and cluttered. Have a plan for what will go where in your new home and you won’t be stuck moving a heavy piece of furniture that won’t fit.
Give yourself a head start and the move is much more likely to go smoothly. Downsizing is a big job and trying to go through things over a few weeks or weekends is simply not enough time. Sorting through a lifetime of possessions is undoubtedly a daunting task and getting an early start enables you to be more strategic with your move.
Plan for Unwanted Items
Since you will certainly be getting rid of items, make a plan for the things you don’t want or won’t need. Consider gifting heirlooms or other valuables that you planned to pass on to children or other relatives now. You will get to experience their enjoyment while shedding things you won’t need in your new home. Instead of taking multiple loads of donations to various places, set aside a spot for all the things you plan to donate and find a charitable organization that is willing to come pick them up.
Enlist Help from Professionals
Employ a company that specializes in senior moving and downsizing. They will work with you and your family to accomplish your move efficiently, while taking care of details you may overlook. In addition to ensuring an easy move by interviewing and hiring movers, many will also assist in the transition by helping unpack and setting up your new home.
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