Taking The Stress Out of Downsizing

Taking The Stress Out of Downsizing

Jun 20, 2015

There are a variety of reasons to downsize. We might want a smaller home because we feel our house is too large to maintain. Or the kids have all moved out and wehave become empty nesters.

Or we need to move into an assisted living facility. Moving out of the home we have lived in for many years is a big, big step.

Downsizing is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally. We have to accept that the new home we will be moving into is smaller and, therefore, it is impossible to bring everything we've accumulated over the years with us.The most challenging aspect of the move is deciding what to do with all of our stuff.

Here are some helpful tips to make downsizing less stressful and easier to manage.

1. Know the Layout of the New Home

It is good to find out the layout, with measurements, for the new place in advance so you know how much space you will have. This will help you decide on what will fit and what things you can bring.

2. Make a“To Do” List

In order to stay organized and on task, it is important to keep a list so you remember everything.

3. Tackle One Room at a Time

When packing, start with rooms that are used the least, as they will likely house items with less emotional attachments (i.e. the attic, garage, bathroom, etc.). Also, when you get to the most used rooms focus on the most used items.

4. Take pictures

It is a good idea to take pictures of important itemsthat will help with the organizing in the new home. For, example, picture arrangements on a wall or how certain items are stored in cabinets.

5. Determine the things to:

  • Keep
  • Give to family and friends
  • Sell/Donate
  • Throw Away

Do not make a “Maybe” pile! This leads to more deciding and more time on the process. Try to frame the decisions as “yes or no.”

6. Selling Things

There are several ways for you to sell items yourself. Put them on eBay, Craigslist or in the local paper. Just be aware this is time consuming and the items may not sell right away. So then what do you do with the item?

7. Donating Things

There are numerous charities that will take donations. Keep in mind they may not accept certain items. Mattresses and cloth-covered furniture are among the belongings that can be difficult to give away. Books can be troublesome as well. Make a list of your local charities and call them to check on pick up dates and unaccepted items – and remember to get a receipt for taxes!

8. Giving Things to Family

This is a great time to offer those “certain items” to family members. No need to wait for a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary.

9. Consider an Estate Sale

There are companies that will organize, advertise and run an estate sale from your home. They make their fee off a percentage of the sales receipts. This is a good way to get rid of larger items and make some money. You should hold the sale after the move so only the sellable items are left in the house.

10. Consider Using a Professional

There are companies that specialize in moving seniors. They help make the downsizing a lot easier as they can help in organizing and sorting the possessions of the senior. They can go as far as putting everything back in drawers and cabinets, hang pictures and mirrors, even making the beds.

Bruce Ballatine

Bruce Ballatine, SRES, CSA is a Realtor Associate with Evergreen Realty. CalBRE #001783833. He can be reached at (949) 632-2923 or bruce.evergreen@cox.net

More in this category: Senior living »

Latest News

Travel Can Be Tough on Your Legs

Health & Wellness Livia De Los Rios

Travel Can Be Tough on Your Legs

Medical compression stockings and socks are a travel essential Many people travel long distances and have to r...

Sorbet Magazine Celebrates Its September Issue!

Business Showcase Sorbet Mag

Sorbet Magazine Celebrates  Its September Issue!

It’s impossible to say what we love most about our issue release parties, especially the most recent one at V...

The Escher String Quartet Opens Segerstrom Center’s 2018-2019 Chamber Music Series

Entertainment Sorbet Mag

The Escher  String Quartet  Opens  Segerstrom Center’s 2018-2019  Chamber Music Series

Thursday, November 1, 2018 in Samueli Theater Segerstrom Center for the Arts launches its 2018-2019 Chamber Se...

Segerstrom Center Kicks Off Its 2018-2019 Jazz Season With Jazz Master Ahmad Jamal

Entertainment Sorbet Mag

Segerstrom Center Kicks Off Its  2018-2019  Jazz Season  With Jazz Master Ahmad Jamal

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents Grammy® Award Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Ahmad Jamal for one pe...

Beyond the Books Nadia Milner delivers "Top Notch Services"

Entertainment Jody Robinson

Beyond the Books  Nadia Milner delivers "Top Notch Services"

I remember when one of my college friends was appointed Payroll Specialist for a large company in Pasadena. Whe...

Ready for Open Enrollment?

Health & Wellness Sorbet Mag

Ready for  Open Enrollment?

In a few weeks, you’ll be making important choices about next year’s health plan. As you consider your opti...

Making Educated Choices for Your Loved One’s Care

Education Jody Robinson

Making Educated Choices for Your Loved One’s Care

A Q & A with Derek Mannion, founder of Alliance Eldercare You think it might be time to consider options f...

Lea Michele and Darren Criss Continue LM/DC Tour With North American West Coast Dates

Entertainment Sorbet Mag

Lea Michele  and  Darren Criss  Continue LM/DC Tour With North American West Coast Dates

November 2, 2018  in Segerstrom Hall Following the demand of fans and rave reviews, actors and musicians ...

Drug Free, Surgery Free & Needle Free: A New, Proven Treatment to Reverse Erectile Dysfunction

Health & Wellness Jody Robinson

Drug Free, Surgery Free & Needle Free:  A New, Proven Treatment to Reverse Erectile Dysfunction

A Q & A with Dr. Michael DeYoung, M.D., LaSara Medical Group Men with erectile dysfunction (ED) often suff...

Pilates and Yoga for the Neck

Health & Wellness Align Pilates Team

Pilates and Yoga for the Neck

There is no shortage of reasons why people suffer from neck pain, but primarily, the root cause is due to impro...

How Can I Tell If I Have Skin Cancer?

Health & Wellness Kristy Fleming, MD

How Can I  Tell If I Have  Skin Cancer?

People of all ages get skin cancer. Checking your skin can help you find skin cancer early when it’s highly t...

Broadway’s Smash Hit Beautiful The Carole King Musical returns to Segerstrom Center for the A…

Entertainment Sorbet Mag

Broadway’s Smash Hit Beautiful   The Carole King Musical   returns to  Segerstrom Center for the Arts

October 9 - 14, 2018 Back by popular demand, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical returns to Segerstrom Cente...

The Art of Craft @ The Brewhouse in San Juan Capistrano

Business Showcase Jody Robinson

The Art of Craft @ The Brewhouse in San Juan Capistrano

Let’s play a quick game: I’ll say a word and you write down the first thing that comes to mind. Ready? Beer...

Thinking Inside the MedBox. The New Standard in Medication Management Offers a Better Way to Dispens…

Health & Wellness Jody Robinson

Thinking Inside the MedBox. The New Standard in Medication Management Offers a Better Way to Dispense Prescriptions

In a recent conversation with my mother, I discovered something. Something that was a cause for pause as I pond...

Upcoming Events at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Entertainment Sorbet Mag

Upcoming Events  at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

The Australian Pink Floyd Show September 6, 2018 Segerstrom Hall The 2018 Australian Pink Floyd Show Tour is ...

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Announces 2018 – 2019 Jazz Series

Entertainment Sorbet Mag

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Announces  2018 – 2019  Jazz Series

Ahmad Jamal Quartet and Shahin Novrasli Kenny Barron Quintet • Kurt Elling Christmas Branford Marsalis Quarte...

Compassionate Caregiving: Your Home Care, Inc.

Health & Wellness Jody Robinson

Compassionate Caregiving:  Your Home Care, Inc.

In-Home Care and the New! Senior Social Club & Stay Care Center in Laguna Woods Village Over the past deca...

RODAN + FIELDS: Changing Skin. Changing Lives.

Health & Wellness Jody Robinson

RODAN + FIELDS:  Changing Skin.  Changing Lives.

Friends are good for a great many things. Laughing with you, getting out of tight spots every once in a while, ...

Get Your Game Together with No Bogeys Golf

Entertainment Ann Laurence

Get Your Game Together with No Bogeys Golf

Everyone knows that you’re not supposed to pick favorites when it comes to family. But let’s be honest, we ...

Medicare: A + B = ? Where does D come in?

Insurance Denice Merrill

Medicare: A + B = ?   Where does D come in?

I’m getting so much information in the mail! What do I need to keep? I am the presenter at the Mission Hospi...