Believe it or not about one in every seven, or 14.5%, of the population is an older American. Many of these Americans make the decision to down size their homes at some point. In theory, this sounds great. They’ll have less to take care of, be in a space where they can get care easily if needed and many other benefits. In practice, however, downsizing a home also comes with many challenges. A few tips can help make this easier.
One Room at a Time
Instead of trying to tackle decades’ worth of accumulated items all at once, go one room at a time. Set a reasonable goal of one room per week. This will keep you from getting overwhelmed and make it easy to track progress.
If there are furniture or other items you plan to bequeath to family, give them away now. This not only saves you space in your new home, it also gives you a chance to see your family enjoying the items now.
Photo albums take up loads of space. But they also contain a lot of memories. Get some help to convert your photo albums and scrapbooks into digital format. This way you can take your memories with you without taking up valuable space in a smaller place.
As you’re sorting through all your items and deciding what to keep, don’t allow “maybe” to be an option. Creating a maybe pile simply makes more work since you’ll have to go through it again to sort into yes and no later on. Save yourself the time and agony of going through things twice and go with only yes or no right from the start.
Packing up to downsize can be overwhelming, no matter how organized you are. Working with a personal assistant can be a huge help. We’ll help you decide what to keep, what to store and what to get rid of. And we’ll help with organizing and doing the heavy lifting involved in preparing to downsize.
If you or one of your loved ones need help preparing to downsize a home, please reach out. I’d love to help!