Downsizing Your Home, Preparing for the Next Chapter of Your Life!

Staring into the hallway linen closet that was filled with towels and bed linens in every color of the rainbow, 83-year-old Mrs. Jones sighed with resignation. “I wish someone would have told me earlier to begin downsizing. I could have cleaned out this closet months ago when I had the time,” she exclaimed.

Now Mrs. Jones was confronted with making more snap decisions about the possessions in her four bedroom house, because the movers were coming in two days to pack up her furniture, clothing, kitchen articles, and decades of accumulated treasures she would take to her new apartment in a nearby independent living community. She slowly moved from room to room as if in a trance.

Sound familiar? This scenario is repeated daily, as individuals of all ages face the ordeal of moving. Complicating matters is what to do with all the “stuff” that has accumulated over the years - the travel souvenirs, outdated clothing, unused exercise equipment, boxes of toys and art projects that belonged to the kids, and wedding gifts still in their original boxes.

If you are contemplating a move or you don’t want to burden your children with the task of disposing your treasures after you pass, you’ll want to give downsizing some serious thought.
Simply stated, downsizing is assessing your possessions – from basement to attic – and deciding what you will:
  • Keep or take with you when you move
  • Give to your family and friends
  • Sell
  • Donate to Charity
  • Shred
  • Discard 

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