The Upside of Downsizing

A man donating unwanted items to a charity shop

[Updated: March 14, 2023 | Published: June 27, 2018]

It’s natural to accumulate objects throughout your lifetime. While some remind us of our most precious moments and milestones — others may just be taking up space. If you find yourself overwhelmed with clutter, it may be time to consider downsizing.

Whether you’re decluttering for peace of mind or in preparation to move, getting expert advice beforehand can save you headaches later. We recently hosted a luncheon with local

downsizing experts — Suzy Smith, Chris Davis, Sharon O’Brien and Brian Brooks — who shared their insights and best practices for letting go of items you don’t need.

Consult family members
Memories can be attached to items found in the home, so ask your family members if they have an emotional connection to things you want to sell or donate. This can help you keep items you love in the family while still creating extra space in your new home.

Decide what to sell
It’s always easier to let go of something if it puts a little money in your pocket. Consider bringing in a professional to help determine what items have value. You could sell them in auctions, second-hand stores or online apps like LetGo or the Facebook Marketplace. During the process of downsizing, organization is key – so clearly label what you’re going to sell.

Decide what to donate
As long as the item is still in good condition, it’s always better to donate it than put it in the trash. Through the donation process, items can find another home where people will appreciate your items as you once did.

Prepare belongings to move
Companies specializing in downsizing will work to ensure your moving process is seamless. During the process of transitioning, companies will work behind the scenes to execute the move. If you’re going to downsize and move without help, try following these expert moving tips.

If you’re interested in learning more about our campus or are looking for help downsizing, our staff can point you in the right direction. You can reach us through our contact page.

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