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Downsizing Is More Than Packing Boxes!

There are many reasons for downsizing and many ways to do it. You may choose to downsize and move or downsize and stay put.

No matter which you choose, you’re going to miss your home and all the memories it holds. Bottom line is: You can’t keep it all and decisions must be made!

Some of the WHYs for downsizing are:

  • Too much unused space
  • Desire to save money
  • Too much upkeep or costs
  • Too much stuff for your current lifestyle

Downsizing must be well-planned. Lists should include:

  • Pros and cons for: Why you should downsize and stay or why you should downsize and move?
  • What you need to keep: Furniture, appliances and other required things.
  • What you’re going to keep: Items you’re certain you want to keep for whatever reasons.
  • What you’d like to keep: Items you have to decide whether or not still fit into your lifestyle.

Here’s some suggestions and tips for ways to distribute, contribute or dispense of items:

Host a family giveaway party and give your family the things they’ve been begging you for over the years. Give it to them now so you can see them enjoy it.

It’s also a great opportunity to discuss your downsizing plans and/or move. You can also share other important family information while everyone’s gathered.

Have a garage sale—it’s the perfect way to downsize and make money at the same time. It’s also  a great way to catch up with your neighbors and let them know you’re moving.

Donate—it’s a great option for helping community organizations. Your donated items can be used as a tax deduction.

Consult your lawyer, accountant, and financial advisor about what paperwork or records you should keep. Make sure to secure all those items so they don’t get misplaced in your move.

Rent a storage room for your extra items—but do you really need one? Remember, you’re downsizing, not adding new expenses and obligations.

No matter which decisions you make: Downsizing is great way to begin the next chapter of your positive aging adventure! This one’s for you, Richard!

Pat Landaker is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and a Senior Lifestyle Consultant. She is owner of the Living La Vida Senior brand, serves on the City of Henderson’s Senior Citizens Advisory Commission and teaches Positive Aging at UNLV/OLLI. Contact her at [email protected].

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