Begin to assess what you can and can’t live without. It’s natural to want to hang on to your belongings but one of the most common things we here is, “Why did I bring so much stuff? I really don’t need all of this.”
Planning is the Key. Having a clear plan of action will greatly reduce the overall stress of this process.
Be Proactive. Don’t wait until it’s too late. I will be much more difficult to have control and be involved in your Downsizing process if you wait until something like a health issue arrives.
Don’t be afraid of change. You may be set on wanting to stay in your house. It’s important to keep in mind the burden that will be placed on your family if something happens to you before you are ready.
Stay positive! It’s easy to feel overwhelmed about change. Begin to focus on the positive outcomes that will benefit you from this transition. Think about the freedom you will have not worrying about maintaining your home and all your excess belongings. You will have better care that is easily accessible, be in a safer environment, and you will have more time to focus on your family and friends.
Be Realistic. Before you start the downsizing process, it’s important to answer these questions candidly so you can develop a plan that will work.
How much time will I devote to this? Will I make it a priority? How is my health? Can I physically do this? Do I have reliable help that has the time to spare and will make it a priority? What is a realistic time frame to get this accomplished without wearing myself out?
Research. Of the main downsizing categories, Keep, Sell, Donate, Trash and Give to family/friends, you will need to start making some calls to find out how to disperse your items. If you are selling items, you should begin to research Auctions, Consignment, Ebay, Craigslist, etc. and find out the costs and time associated. When donating items, it’s good to find out what they will and will not take and locations to deliver.