Why Wait? Downsizing Minus Regrets

Susan Borax- Good Riddance Professional Organizing Solutions – Practically Daughters Senior Move Managers

If you have been in your home for over 20 years, no doubt you have accumulated enough furniture, decorations, clothing, tools and paper to at least cause a shudder as you contemplate what to do with it all. Moving to a smaller home creates a host of challenges, not the least of which is deciding what will fit in with the new life. What do you do with the possessions and their associated memories that span a lifetime?   Downsizing presents an opportunity to reconnect, evaluate and organize belongings, and distribute what is no longer needed or wanted. The benefits include a safer and healthier home where everything is accessible.

 

Yet even those with the best intentions can fall victim to mistakes that can cost them time, money and result in unanticipated outcomes –chaos and regret.    We are professional organizers specializing in downsizing and moving seniors. Our experience has led us to advise clients that it is never too early to start executing a downsizing strategy that includes selling, donating and recycling.

 

Downsizing is the hard because it is emotionally difficult for people to release their history. It’s the worst anxiety associated with any move. First there is the guilt and sadness about letting go of things from the past. It is not uncommon to experience resistance from family members who have their own attachment to possessions. Gifting, selling, donation, and discarding all entail some planning, effort and expense. There is also the real possibility that gifts may be refused or sale items will not be valued by the marketplace.

 

While people have a rough idea of how long it takes to pack up boxes and belongings, what they often don’t factor in, is the amount of time it takes to sort through an entire household’s contents. Making that many decisions can be exhausting, both emotionally and physically.  It is an activity best performed in small chunks with the help of family members or trusted professionals.

 

If you try to do it alone the task may simply be so overwhelming and emotionally charged, that you simply give up. Or, when you actually open the boxes of photos, letters or other memorabilia, you may get so caught up in the contents you forget the real reason you are reviewing it – to reduce it to a manageable level. Professionals have resources at their disposal to get you cash for your unwanted belongings and the connections to keep your gently used belongings in circulation instead of the landfill.

 

In conclusion, to make downsizing a liberating and successful experience, make sure you get the help you need, set realistic goals and appropriate timeframes, and enjoy the rewards of moving to a new home minus the unnecessary clutter.


About the Author

SUSAN BORAX

Good Riddance Professional Organizing Solutions

Practically Daughters Senior Move Managers

www.goodriddance.ca

604 421 5952

Email: goodriddance@shaw.ca

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