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5 Tips For Downsizing

Posted by Twin Lakes on August 7, 2018

How to DownsizeDo you look around your house and wonder why you have all the stuff you have? Long after the kids have moved away you're stillhanging on to things you think somebody may need.

If you can relate, then you’re likely ready to downsize – or “rightsize” as many like to call it.

Downsize With Less Stress

1. Start Early 

  • Tackle one room or area at a time. It's less overwhelming to focus on clearing out one space than tackling the whole house at once. Think in terms of months, not days. 
  • Create a schedule. Planning an hour or two on specific days will allow you to make progress without getting exhausted and overwhelmed by trying to tackle too much of the house at one time.
  • Don't wait until your moving. Procrastination is not your friend when it comes to downsizing.

2. Antiques and Heirlooms 

  • Pass wanted items to family members. If the children or grandchildren want a special piece that's been in the family pass it on while you can still enjoy seeing them use it. No need to wait.
  • Pass items to someone else who will cherish them. Let's face it, some of the antiques we have are not wanted by our children. They don't fit in with their lifestyle or decor. But if there is a person in your life who's always loved a piece you have, consider passing it to them. 
  • Sell them. You're children may not be interested in some of the pieces you have but that doesn't mean someone else isn't. Lots of young adults enjoy antiques even if it's not your kid. 

3. Sell Household Items

  • Selling items yourself. From classified ads and eBay to Craig's list and Facebook Marketplace there are many ways for you to sell household items. Whichever you decide to do, be safe and smart about what you are doing
  • Letting others sell them. Try an online auction service, especially for high-value items.  Services such as Everything But The House and eBay Consignment Sellers use competitive bidding and fully manage the online auction.

4. Donate

  • Charities who accept donations. Become familiar with charities in your area that accept donations. Household items, clothing, furniture, and even cars can be donated. You'll also find unique donation opportunities like that of Cincinnati based Matthew 25 Ministries who accepts latex paint for their Rainbow Paint Reblending Center.
  • Know the values. For a quick idea of what your items may be worth, check out this valuation guide from Salvation Army.

5. Don’t Be Afraid To Toss 

  • Try using the “yes-no” method. Don't be shy about tossing items. To avoid “maybes” and reluctance make a decision about everything. Will I use this in the near future? Yes or no. Do I really need this? Yes or no.
  • Shredding.  Papers with personal information on them need to be shredded. If you don’t own a shredder, see if your community hosts shredding days.  

By the end of your downsizing efforts, you'll feel better about the house you live in and if you're moving to a new home, you'll be taking a lot less with you! 

At Twin Lakes Senior Living Community, our villa and patio homes are located in beautiful, suburban Montgomery. Maintain the independence of your own single-family home, with all of the advantages of maintenance-free community living. Contact Twin Lakes to schedule your tour or for more information. 513-853-2000.

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