If you're feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of downsizing your home, you're not alone. It can be a daunting task to reduce your possessions and decide what to take with you when moving. But with the right plan of attack and some help from professionals, it doesn't have to be so stressful. Here are more than 10 tips to help you downsize when you're feeling overwhelmed. The best way to start is to create a plan of attack, room by room.
Be as brutal as you can and limit yourself by category to a specific quantity or space (bin, container, box, drawer, etc.). Don't expect to get it right in either the first or the second sweep. The idea is to make this a regular and intentional part of your monthly routine. Once you've toured the entire house, rest and then walk around with fresh eyes. Another way to bring joy to the downsizing process is to find a place where your loved one wants to live.
Or it could be that the overwhelming task of reducing staff is enough for some people to throw in the towel at the prospect of ever moving to a CCRC and instead decide to age in their current home. In addition to starting the downsizing process, you can also keep your home free of clutter and things you no longer need. If any step in the reduction and relocation processes is above capacity or you don't have time, seek help. A senior moving manager will help take charge of the entire downsizing and moving process. Throughout the downsizing process, you may feel a lot of different emotions, some even at the same time. Feeling sad or feeling pain during staff reduction is absolutely normal, regardless of how much you think you're making the right decision.
It can be especially difficult if one of the reasons you're reducing your staff is because you recently lost a spouse or partner. We've put together more than 10 tips on how to reduce the size of your home, plus specific tips for older people looking to downsize and maintain a tidy lifestyle after moving. Here are some of our top tips:
- Create a plan of attack, room by room.
- Limit yourself by category to a specific quantity or space.
- Make this a regular and intentional part of your monthly routine.
- Find a place where your loved one wants to live.
- Seek help if any step in the reduction and relocation processes is above capacity or you don't have time.
- Keep your home free of clutter and things you no longer need.
- Understand that stress is the symptom and that there are too many things to keep track of is illness.
- Consider the bigger picture of what you expect to achieve with the reduction in staff.
- Feelings of sadness or pain during staff reduction are normal.