Downsizing Doesn’t Have to Be Daunting!

Liberating ourselves of extra space can open the door to lower costs (mortgage, utilities, property taxes, and repairs), but for many the thought of having to downsize their belongings is overwhelming. Here are some ways you can get the ball rolling:
• Lifestyle Analysis –Review how your life is going to change. If you are retiring, work-related items no longer need to clutter your closet! If you are moving to a warmer climate, rethink your winter wardrobe. Entire categories of things can be the first to go.
• Space Analysis – Think about the space and functionality of the rooms you are moving to. If you are downsizing to half the space of what you have now, half of what you have will need to find another home. Consider scale of furniture – sectionals and large dining room tables may be too large proportionally for smaller rooms.
• Functionality Analysis –Often we keep something around because we perceive that we need it, but you likely only use a few items in your home on a regular basis. Downsizing means choosing, so choose wisely!
• Memorabilia Analysis –Yearbooks, photos, letters, keepsakes, children’s artwork, etc all fall into this category. This category is too painful for some people to have to go through and make choices for fear of making a mistake, but getting a storage unit and putting those items in there may be a good option.
Are you overwhelmed by the thought of downsizing? I would be happy to help get the ball rolling. (206) 327-1663 Call or text or email: jay@jayadams.realtor.

Courtesy of The Lones Group

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