Downsizing…..Where Do I Start?

The kids are gone. The big house feels lonely.  The spacious back yard that once held baseball games and family picnics now looks like a lot of mowing.
You want to move to something smaller, but the task seems overwhelming.  There is a basement full of boxes, a garage full of garden tools, and probably a bicycle or two. Downsizing a home requires downsizing contents too.
When we feel overwhelmed, we tend to procrastinate and then we become frozen.

Downsizing Step 1: Gather the Family
To help get started, have a family get-together.  Make it a party, where each of the children puts “Post-its” on what he or she wants.
The key to downsizing is sort through your stuff regularly and get rid of what you no longer use.
After the kids have claimed their possessions, you’re ready for Downsizing Step 2.

Downsizing Step 2: Make Piles
Sort again, making a pile to donate to charity and a pile to throw out.  If you haven’t used it in a year, do you really need to keep it?

Downsizing Advice
Work in one room at a time to keep the task manageable, but keep sorting. You’ll thank yourself on moving day.

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