It’s no secret that downsizing is a challenge, from both a logistical and an emotional standpoint. We recently contributed to an article by the real-estate experts at Redfin discussing those challenges. Let’s explore some ideas that might be helpful if you are considering downsizing.
Reasons for Downsizing
Sometimes downsizing is a practical decision. From empty nesters wanting to streamline life to simply looking to save on monthly bills by moving from a large house or apartment into a smaller one, people make calculated decisions to downsize all the time. However, it can also be a necessary life decision, such as situations where someone is facing long-term mobility issues that make their existing living conditions untenable.
Every downsize is unique, but they tend to face similar challenges. First, there’s the emotional challenge associated with parting with possessions. We’ll discuss ideas to help people decide what stays and what goes, as well as tips for preserving memories without keeping every item. The other major challenge is the very practical one of what to do with all that stuff? Once you figure out what you should keep and what will go, where does all that stuff go? We’ll get to that a little later on.
Let’s talk first about the emotional challenge of parting with items that are connected to years of memories. Just look around your room right now. Pick an item or two and think about why you have it. I bet you could tell me a story or two associated with just about every item you have. Those memories are wonderful, but those memories are also why it is difficult for some people to approach the idea of downsizing. Inevitably, downsizing means parting with many of those items, and that’s really hard, but it doesn’t mean parting with memories.
Ways to face the emotional challenge
How can you face the emotional challenge of parting with personal items when downsizing? Let’s explore some ideas:
Alright, now you have taken the steps to figure out what you are keeping after you downsize, but what do you do with everything that is left? In the past, many people may have simply thrown a lot away, but that’s not an environmentally friendly approach. Let’s look at some options for responsible disposal of the items that need to go.
Ways to face the logistical challenge
We highly suggest taking a moment to read this Redfin article on the subject. They collected the thoughts and advice of people from many industries that work with people who are downsizing. You’ll find helpful ideas and resources.
Remember that downsizing doesn’t happen in a day. For some people, it’s the culmination of years of careful consideration, and completing the process will take time. Sustainable Junk Removal will always be happy to consult with you regarding your downsizing needs. We offer free estimates and advice. If we are not the right ones to help with your situation, we likely have resources and partners who fit. Give us a call at 720-740-7200 to discuss anything from reducing a little bit of clutter to removing a household full of items that you have chosen to part with.
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