Downsizing? Don’t Go It Alone!

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on October 16, 2017

Whether you’re empty nesters moving to a smaller home or you just want a place with a little less space, downsizing can feel overwhelming. What are you going to do with all this stuff?

This article from Houzz lays out a nine-step process for downsizing, and our big takeaway is this: Don’t downsize alone. Enlist the help of family, friends, or a professional organizer to help you navigate the tasks of paring down, decluttering, and eventually moving your stuff. There are many ways another person (or persons) can help:

What stays and what goes: What should you keep? Donate? Sell? Trash? An outside opinion can help you sort through your belongings. Their eyes will be more objective and less emotional than yours.

Yard sale: Yard sales are a great way to get rid of your stuff, but pulling one off is a lot of work. From sorting and tagging to setting up and selling, there are many ways an extra set of hands (or two or three) can pitch in.

Packing: Experts say you should start packing nonessential items at least 6 weeks before moving day. If the thought of packing stresses you out, ask for help! The old adage “many hands make light work” rings true.

Are you downsizing? Check out all the tips Houzz has to offer here.

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