How to Sort Through Your Things When Downsizing Before a Move


It’s something we’ll all have to face at some point – the need to move from a larger home to a smaller place whether it’s because of a change in lifestyle, household income or because you no longer need or can care for your home. No matter the reason, it’s always a hard move to make not only because it’s so much easier to expand the amount of stuff we have than shrink it, but also because the stuff we have we’re attached to in some way and detaching is always difficult especially if this move is due to aging or a change in your financial or physical health.

If you’re in this situation, I recommend being good to yourself and following these suggestions to help you through this emotional move.

1. Take your time going through each room: If possible, I always recommend not rushing the sorting process. Make sure you give yourself time to make your way through your things and allow yourself to acknowledge what you have and what you’re losing. You need to make sure that you’re making decisions that you won’t regret later on.

Start with the easiest room. Take a full pass through your things and set aside those items that are easy to get rid of and anything that you’re not sure of leave for another time. Do this with every room.

2. Ask for help and talk to your family: If you’re having a hard time taking a second look at your stuff and making decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of, ask for help. Sometimes talking it through with someone close to you – someone who understands – helps to clear your emotions so you can see the more practical need of sorting through your things.

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