Quick Tips for Moving or Downsizing Your Home

Downsizing your home can be traumatizing, intimidating and, at times, overwhelming. For whatever reason you are downsizing,a strategic plan will simplify your move and make the transition to your new home painless.

As with many people, your family may have lived in your home for a lifetime and might have accumulated many belongings. Therefore, you should start by assessing what you have, immediately, before you put your home on the market. Hopefully, it will sell quickly so be prepared to make rational decisions on what to keep and what to part with.

If you have the time, allocate 2 hours a day to chip away at sorting your belongings. Start by writing a checklist for each room and begin with rooms that you no longer use. Work methodically through drawers, closets and under beds, anywhere you have stored items. Use a colored sticker system for “keep,” “family,” “charity,” and “dispose,” as you collect items and thenmake arrangements for those that need to be picked up. Above all, remain focused on the task at hand. Your goal is to simplify your home in order to best prepare for your future.

If you are in a time-crunch and making a big move, you may consider hiring the services of an estate sale firm or auction company. Many of these services come into your home and will advertise and manage the sale fror you, as well as clean out your home, making the process less stressful.

Lauri Ward, author of “Downsizing Your Home With Style,” suggests asking yourself the following questions:

? How will this item enrich my life? ? Does this furniture, art, accessory truly reflect who I am? ? Can I repurpose, refine or reuse this item in my new home? ? Can I live without it? For more handy tips on moving, organizing and downsizing, see Lauri’s book.

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Patricia MacKay, IRN

Interiors Revisited, East Lansing, Michigan