Is It Time To Move?
When the time comes for us to leave our family home, there are many things to think about. This is never an easy decision.
It seems like all of a sudden you don't need your large house anymore; you don't want to clean the large house anymore; you don't want to take care of the large yard anymore, and you don't want the financial burdens that come with owning a larger home. But the biggest one for most of us, you don't want to think about the emotional roller-coaster that will come when sorting through everything to downsize.
Most consumers do want to simplify their lifestyles. They do want less maintenance, more travel, and more leisure time.
Here's a few suggestions to get you started:
1) Start slowly - Start with a room you don't use very often anymore. It could be your basement or a spare bedroom. Try to avoid cluttering up the rooms that are still used on a regular basis.
2) Sort Everything - Go through everything. Toss the 'stuff' that you don't use anymore and you don't need. You could separate them into piles of Donate, Recycle, and Trash.
3) Closets - If you haven't worn something in a couple of years, get rid of it.
4) Furniture - Think of the furniture that you will want to keep. Remember, how much space are you going to have in your new home. After the furniture come the knick-knacks (or chachkas as I call them) or collectibles.
5) Let the Family Have Stuff - If you're storing stuff for your children or other family members, find out if they would like to take them back. If they don't want them, get rid of them.
6) Storage/Attics/Garage - Look at your tools, landscaping equipment, and get rid of what you don't need. Have a garage sale for this stuff. Someone in your neighbourhood may have need for tools, etc.
7) Personal Papers and Photographs - This is the most tedious. It takes a while to go through everything. If you really don't need it, shred it. For photographs, consider putting them on discs for easier storage or just give to family members or children.
8) Gifts and Sentimental Items - Your children's papers and report cards should go back to them. Those gifts that didn't quite hit the mark, keep some in a clear 'memory box'.
9) Let Things Go - don't be afraid to let things go. They are 'just things'. You will feel better by living a little lighter. Soon, you will be ready for the new excitement ahead!