Tips for Downsizing Your Home

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There’s no two ways about it; moving is a hassle. That goes for every type of move, but it’s especially true in cases where downsizing is also part of the plan.

If you’re in the process of downsizing, the first thing you need to think about is where you’re moving. How do the room sizes in your new home compare to your current home? Is the layout dramatically different? This will help you determine which items to keep, and which to give away, especially in terms of furniture and other larger items. Talk it out with household members. Make lists. Do whatever you need to do to make sure that you won’t be moving anything into the new home that shouldn’t be there.

This is where the “keep, donate, throw away” system comes in handy. It’s common to hear of people turning to this method when it’s time for seasonal or annual decluttering, but it’s also the perfect solution for anyone who needs to downsize or reorganize their home. If you have valuable personal belongings, you may also want to make a fourth pile for selling. The Maggee Miggins Group regularly works with antiques dealers, book sellers, and a variety of other resellers on behalf of clients who are downsizing. We also work with professional organizers who can help make the transition a breeze.

That brings up another very important point: you should take the time to choose your “moving team” wisely. Downsizing is no small feat. Moves like this really depend on the people you are working with, their connections, and their access to various resources. If you’re an older, active adult, be sure to ask us about Continuing Care Retirement Communities (also known as CCRCs). We have extensive experience with CCRCs and are very familiar with popular senior living options.

Whatever scaled-down living option you choose, though, make sure that the “keep” pile holds only those items that you simply can’t do without. Throw your past hoarding tendencies into the garbage pile, and move on to the next stage of your life with a clean slate. Don’t try to do it overnight; start weeding through your belongings months in advance.  Devote a few hours per day to the task, and keep at it until it’s done. Again, this is a new chapter. Send procrastination out with the garbage pile, too.

If you’re toying with the prospect of downsizing, it helps to speak with an experienced professional before making the decision one way or the other. The Maggee Miggins Group can not only help you explore your options, but we also have an extensive support network that we can draw upon to meet your relocation or downsizing needs. Contact Maggee directly at 973-879-9711 or via email at maggee@migginsrealestate.com for more information.