When singles or families are downsizing, or right-sizing, once their existing long-time home has become too large for them, one of the most difficult parts of the move is deciding on what to eliminate.
In a simple world, you’d just take the opportunity to start over… get rid of everything you have right now, buy all new and have a fresh start.
But of course, it definitely is not that simple for many people. There are memories of all that took place in their home including perhaps the furniture which may have sentimental value or those boxes of books, mementos and family keepsakes.
The move itself may be from a space that has 1,500 to 3,000 sf into a much smaller space in the 600 to 1,200 sf range, depending on whether the new home is a condominium or a senior- or assisted-living facility.
Most down-sizing families are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. In many cases, it falls to family members or professional moving consultants to help with deciding what to take and what to give up and break the process down into manageable tasks.
People will need to look at their belongings in a different way. Typically, 80% of what they own are standard, off-the-shelf items which can easily be replaced while the other 20% are those ‘special memories’ items that have high monetary or sentimental value.
Once this categorization has been made, the next step is to ‘downsize’ the quantities of those items… maybe cut back the dining table place settings from 8 to 4 for example.
To help with your downsizing, try and live by these 9 rules…
- Keep open garbage bags for ‘giving away’, ’throwing away' and ‘keeping’ handy and, in the first go-around, try to keep the number of bags evenly filled - think of how someone else might appreciate receiving what you’re giving up
- Reduce the quantities of everything - plates, glasses, candle sticks, vases, sheets, towels and more - all need to be pared down to much smaller numbers
- Try not to impose some of your items onto family members when they don’t have the space or the same memories attached to them
- Donate as much as possible to charities, refugee centres and to new Canadians who may need them
- Pick the easy stuff to start with… do a general decluttering of those piles in corners and on chairs or cabinets which seem to grow by themselves sometimes… and throw LOTS out
- Start using up any canned goods on the shelf and food in your freezer so you won’t have to move them
- If you have lots of lead time, commit to 15-30 minutes daily to the ‘throwing out’ phase - you’ll soon see some progress
- Clothes tend to be hard to get rid of. If you haven’t worn it in the last few years, it’s time to let it go
- Family photos and keepsakes are very difficult to let go of. Consider if they could be digitized and preserved so current and future generations can enjoy them more easily
And as a family member helping with a down-sizing move, remember to be sensitive to your family member’s stress at losing what they’ve had for many years.
If you can, take this as a golden opportunity to record stories around family mementos and photo albums… you’ll really appreciate having access to these family voice or video recordings in later years!
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