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Mom and Dad Decide: How to Downsize


Is your parent unsure about downsizing their home? Have they enlisted your help without you having really any clue how to begin? Do they struggle deciding what to keep and what to get rid of? You’re not alone.

Many people struggle with the choices presented with downsizing --your parents are not alone. How many things should you take along? What should you donate? What should you pass down to a child or sibling? What should you get rid of entirely? What should you replace in the new home?

The questions seem like they never end. But there are answers and tried methods out there to help you out during this tricky process.

Get tips from the internet

This, surely, is something you’ve already considered. You’re here, after all. There are so many articles and posts floating about on the internet, waiting for you to check them out and learn some different methods that others in the world swear by. We’ve gathered a couple that we find helpful:

  • David Friedlander, writer for Life Edited gave his 5 thoughts on downsizing. Although he says that it’s always a good time to get started on decluttering, he also mentions that the best way to get started is to be moving to a new home. So, you and your parents are already on your way to success. He also says to not be afraid of getting rid of things with sentimentality – it gets easier as you practice.
  • Writer Alan Henry gives his thoughts on downsizing on Life Hacker. His thoughts are more aimed towards how to get it done – such as taking inventory, selling, getting rid of duplicates, and being ruthless, quite like Friedlander said in the previously mentioned article.

It seems that a running theme is to not be afraid to get rid of things that your parents won’t need. Do they have books they’ll never read? Donate them to a library. Do they have toys from your youth? Give them to your children if you have any. If not, donate those as well, unless they’re not in good shape.

If you use a definitive process, making prompt decisions for each object, the downsizing will go a lot quicker than you may have thought.

Read a book on downsizing processes

A new book has recently taken over this topic, called “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. Tidying expert Marie has taken over the shelves with tips and tricks for cleaning, along with her book “Spark Joy” that includes diagrams and explanations. Try using the tips you learn and apply it to your own home if clutter has developed over the years.

Enlist hired help

Another popular option is to get help from people who know what they’re doing. Caring Transitions, a relocating and downsizing company with locations all over the USA, does a fantastic job at helping people just like you every day. Not only will they help you downsize your parent’s home, but they can also help you make the move as well. It could make the transition so smooth and easy on you just in case you're already feeling stressed with your own life without the added stress of your parent’s move.

We know that the move can be full of stress, but we’re certain it will be worth it when it’s all over. Contact The Esquiline to learn more about what your parents should expect from a vibrant community like ours. Call us at 618-394-6400 for any questions you may have about your moving process.

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