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Keep Calm and Downsize On

how to downsize

Downsizing? No problem.

Are you making a move soon and in dire need of downsizing and decluttering your home? You’re not alone. Luckily, there are people out there going through the same process and have developed several tips and tricks to get you through it as smoothly as possible.

Where do you begin?

You may not even be sure that the timing is right. There are questions to ask yourself to find out whether or not you should get your move on. How will living in a smaller home affect me? Does size matter? Will I miss having a bigger home? How much will it all cost?

After some careful examination, you’ll have your answer.

It’s normal to feel a little unsure about starting the project of decluttering. Sometimes it’s hard to let go of your things. But don’t hesitate—the sooner you do it, the better. It’ll be such a relief when you’ve finished and you may find yourself feeling less stressed and more “free” after the experience.

When you sort through your things, think like Kimberly McMahon, owner of Let’s Move, “nothing should be off limits. Either use it, love it — or leave it.”

Get help from family… or more.

Decluttering your home can be a big job — don’t hesitate to ask from help. Try asking a son or daughter or any family member to help you sort through your things. Be careful not to overwork or overwhelm yourself. Take it slow, and by category, and you’ll find that the process can be enjoyable — one where you can look back on various memories — and be done in no time.

You could even go beyond that, if you need to. There are services all over the country dedicated to helping people declutter, downsize, and move. The Esquiline recommends Caring Transitions. They are a great company that provides all of the mentioned services and more — we tell so many of our incoming residents to ask them for help if they feel they need it.

Hiring help could give you so much peace of mind and relieve stress. Unless you really don’t think you’ll need it, it’s definitely something to consider when moving from your home.

If you have any other questions about moving from your home, we’d love to hear from you at The Esquiline. Feel free to give us a call at 618-394-6400.

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