It’s time. Maybe the children are all finally gone. Perhaps a job is taking you to a city where square footage is more precious and expensive than before. Maybe your life situation or health has changed and the home you are in no longer makes sense. Or perhaps you are just plain ready for the next chapter and want to lighten your load.
Plan for Downsizing
There are many reasons to plan a move that includes moving into a smaller space, or, downsizing. “Downsizing” has become a popular term, especially among Baby Boomers who are making lifestyle moving decisions at a younger age than their parents did. Whatever the reason, the realities are the same: before you move, you are going to have to decide what possessions to take with you and what to leave behind. You’ll have to decide what to sell, what to donate and what to give to friends or family.
Here are ten tips for downsizing your possessions so you can move into a smaller space:
- Calculate, don’t guess. Get the exact dimensions of your new space – room by room. Then measure what you have now in similar rooms in your current home. You’ll quickly start to see what will fit and what will not.
- Make a list of all the things you do not plan to move with you to your new space. Once that list is compiled, it will be easier to start deciding which of these items you want to sell, donate or gift to family members or friends. If you have adult children, it will also help them decide what they might want.
- Come up with a system. Whether it’s putting color-coded stickers on items as you decide where they go, creating room by room lists or even using a spreadsheet, decide what system works for you and use it.