Tuesday, 04 June 2019 13:45

Retirement & Downscaling Tips

"Remember the end goal!" I said that more than a few times today as I worked with a client struggling with the process of downsizing. "Remember the end goal - a warm uncluttered space, with your treasures and most loved possessions. A home you will feel comfortable in"

Do you know someone struggling to downsize? Here are some tips I use to help! 

Questions to ask as you start:

  • How little can I get by with (and still be comfortable) at my new place?
  • Which of the items I own now are really important to me?
  • Will it still be useful or functional in my new home?
  • Can this item save space by serving two functions?
  • Is this piece of furniture comfortable?
  • Will this fit in my new space?

Sort into categories:

  • things to keep
  • possessions to give to friends and family
  • items to be sold
  • discards to be donated to charities
  • trash, broken objects, and other items to be thrown away or recycled
  • things I can't decide about now and need to think more about

How to help you let go:

  • take photos of those treasured items you really want to remember
  • give treasured keepsakes to family and friends
  • know that your treasures are going to people who love and appreciate them
  • donate serviceable items to charities that help the less fortunate

Finally, if you are helping someone with this process, or tackling your own move to a smaller home, take time to do it. It is a tiring process both physically and emotionally, so be prepared.

My advice is to do a little each day, go room by room, cupboard by cupboard until you have been through the house. Have a space for all items that are going, and move them on as quickly as possible.

Remember the end goal! A warm, uncluttered space, with your treasures and most loved possessions. A home you will feel comfortable in.

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