Thinking about downsizing? Overwhelmed by all of your stuff? One of our local organizing and downsizing companies, Arange, can answer all of your questions on the downsizing process.
At some point in life, almost everyone goes through the process of moving from a larger home to one with a bit less space. Despite that, there is very little information about how to get it done. So many questions with so few answers. So, we’re sharing some of the most common questions we hear with the answers we’ve developed after helping hundreds of families here in Hampton Roads.
Q : I’ve decided to downsize but I’m overwhelmed. Where do I start?
A : The best way to fight that feeling of being overwhelmed is to come up with a plan. Survey every room in your house (don’t forget the garage and attic) and list out the things you need to get done in each room. The list may seem long, but at least you know what you need to do. Get out your calendar and plan the dates and times for each “to-do” on your list. If your family and friends are helping, this gives them a chance to plan when they can best help, and to know what they’ll be doing when they visit.
Q : I’m not ready to make the decision yet, is it too soon to start downsizing?
A : It’s never too soon to start. Knowing that you can take your time takes some of the pressure off and can help you do things at your own pace. You’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to live in a house you’ve downsized, without the “weight” of years of accumulated possessions.
Q : I have trouble letting go of things … are there ways to make this easier?
A : You’d be surprised to learn that our focus isn’t on what to get rid of, but what to keep. We live by the motto “keep what you love”. As you start going through your home, you’ll be amazed at how much you can get rid of easily, with the goal of protecting what you want to keep. You don’t “love” everything in your house, in fact a lot of it you haven’t seen in years. It can be helpful to have someone help you that can help you decide what to keep and let go of. Having someone there to ask questions and help you be practical can be very useful.
Q : What if I want to sell some things?
A : The most common ways to sell things is an estate sale. Most “estate” sales are in the homes of people that are downsizing. Sites like estatesales.net can help you connect with local companies that can advise you on estate sales, it’s best to meet with more than one company to ensure that you understand the differences between companies and what they do and don’t do and how much you’ll make from the sale. If you don’t have enough for an estate sale, an old fashioned “garage sale” might be an option. Always consider donating items to local charities, you’ll feel good for helping and sometimes the tax advantages are as good as selling (or better).
Q : What if I need help with downsizing?
A : As we mentioned, family and friends are often more than willing to help. If that’s not your situation, there are local companies like ours that can help. We provide as much or as little help as you need and can just help with the entire process (including settling you into your new home) or just help with things you can’t do alone (like the garage or attic).
Have more questions? Feel free to reach out to us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 757.567.4443. You’ll be amazed at how easy we can make this for you!
Arange is a locally owned business that specializes in Senior Move Management, founded in 2014 by Lisa Dailey and Richard Lecours. For us, getting the job done well is essential, but ensuring you have a great experience is our top priority.