If you're like most Americans, then you probably have trouble letting go of certain things. Downsizing is no easy feat and one of the biggest challenges is being honest, both with yourself and your future.
Whether you're downsizing to a smaller home or moving into a senior community, the thought of packing is probably stressful. Moving to a new place is never easy but dragging along boxes of things you haven’t used in years doesn’t make it any easier.
So, where do you start when it comes to downsizing?
Looking to Downsize? Here's How to Get Started
#1: Start Small
If moving is the forest, think of each room as an individual tree. You must tackle it one room at a time to make it through. Start with something easy first, like a guest room that isn't used often.
#2: Make a Plan
Sit down and write down a plan to help you stay on schedule. Whether it's giving yourself deadlines or doing two boxes a day, create a plan that is realistic and works for you.
#3: Be Honest
What does your future look like? Are you going to need a blow-up pool if you're moving somewhere without a yard? What about snow gear if you're relocating to a warm-weather climate? Probably not. While holding onto sentimental items is one thing, holding onto things you never use is another.
#4: Consider Hiring Help
If you're having trouble getting things down or donating items you don't need, it may be time to bring in a professional. Someone with an outside perspective might be just what you need to make this move happen.
#5: Donate Items
People find that's it much easier to part with items when you're donating them instead of just throwing them away. The idea of giving your items a second life with a different family can help you let go and move on.
Most importantly, enlist help from loved ones. Moving is no easy task and doing it alone only prolongs it. Ask friends, family, or neighbors to pitch a hand to help you downsize. Who knows, they may even find a treasure for themselves amongst your items!