Keep in mind~ you are not your stuff! The things that make you “you” are all within you!
A.) The Plan-downsizing done right takes time and forethought.
· Solicit help. Whether its friends, family or a professional, lighten your load by letting others help. Professional organizers, estate sale and professional movers can make downsizing less stressful.
· Measure the new space and have a written design/plan. Check whether your current furniture is best for the new space. Perhaps a smaller bed, couch, dining table or desk is in order.
· Pace yourself. Slow and steady sorting starting with the things you are least attached to. Tackle one small space at a time. Mark outgoing large items with blue painters tape, so when the muscle arrives to help, there are no mistakes.
B.) Keeping the memories without all the things.
· Make a special photo album specifically of the home you are leaving, since you can’t take the house with you!
· Create a memory box. Select a container size that is reasonable for your new space. Carefully decide which keepsakes are “worthy”.
· Design a shadow box to display the few things you want to see visually and that you want to share with your guests.
· Photo collection too big or old VHS tapes hanging around? Have them converted to a CD or a DVD…how often do you really look at ‘em anyway?
C.) Reduce the volume. Letting go can be “oh so freeing”.
What a glorious opportunity to let go of all the things that no longer enrich your life.
· Don’t keep things out of guilt or a sense of obligation.
· Be generous. Give your most prized possessions to the people you love the most. But don’t take on the burden of trying to find the “right home” for everything you are letting go of. Thrift stores need nice things too. Many charity groups even do pick up!
· Create a landing zone for things on the way out.
· Keep only the things you need or love, and let go of excessive duplicates. For example:
a. Most folks only wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the time. What a great place to purge.
b. Two sets of your favorite bed sheets are usually enough.
c. Knick Knacks that were fun to collect may currently be just collecting dust- if so let em go.
d. Multiple place settings and serving sets for large dinner parties are probably no longer needed.
· Be realistic and honest with yourself about what you want in your new place!