Most of us will only downsize when we have to,
usually when we move. Starting early is key.
The longer you put it off, it becomes a bigger
problem. It’s taking that first step that is the
Start early. As soon as you think about moving,
Break it down into steps. Downsizing and
moving is a process with specific steps. It’s still
scary and overwhelming and unfamiliar, but it is
Start small, with one closet. Take everything
out of the closet and put it on the floor. Start to
sort – keep, garbage and not sure.
Sorting – Keep, Garbage and Not Sure. Use
heavy duty trash bags and/or boxes for sorting.
Sort through the items and put into piles –
Keep, Garbage and Not Sure. Get rid of the
obvious garbage – the item is broken, badly
stained or doesn’t work. This is trash and you
can’t give it away – to anybody. Next take out
the items you really want to keep. Put those
aside in the Keep pile. If they are seasonal, like
decorations, or sentimental such as baby
clothes or kids toys or family items, put those
into a separate pile. This should leave you with
a pile of Not Sure. Go through your Not Sure
pile, one by one. If you want to keep it – Why?
If you think it’s worth money and you can sell it,
put it into a new pile called Sell.
Once you’ve gone through your Not Sure pile,
go back to your Seasonal Pile and your
Keepsake Pile. Do the same thing here. Can
you pare down?
Do it Daily. Go through your home, closet by
closet, room by room. Break it into smaller
pieces and do something every day. Moving day
will come much more quickly than you will ever
be ready for.
Sell What? If you have a pile of items set aside
to Sell there are a number of options: online
tools like Craigslist, garage sale or online
auction. Depending on the type of items, ie:
silver, cars, art, furniture and the number of
items will determine how you sell these items.
If it’s just a few items, Craigslist or other online
sites may be the right way to go, or give away to
charities. Garage sales take a lot of time and
generate very little money. If you have a lot of
items, consider an online auction.
This is a tough process, ask for help of a good
downsizer or professional organizer. They can
help you make tough decisions and provide
options you may not have considered.
Downsizing and Moving is a Bonus. Downsizing is a process: reduce, reuse, recycle. It sounds easy, but it can
be mentally, emotionally and physically challenging and draining.
The bonus at the end: A feeling of lightness, opening up to the universe, and not having to cart all of this
‘stuff’ from place to place. This new feeling is both surprising, rewarding and unexpected. The process to get
there can seem overwhelming, but it’s worth it. Moving forward is the only way through.
Thank you to Niki from NKR DOWNSIZING SOLUTIONS in South Surrey for this helpful article!
Joel Ross, Realtor