The Downsizing Dilemma – Managing a Move

It’s not easy parting with personal belongings that hold a lifetime of memories. Taking time to sort and emotionally detach is crucial to both the process and well being of a loved one.

There are steps you can take to make the task much easier on everyone.  Here are some tips:

  • If there are keepsakes from the now-grown children still taking up space in the home, have everyone take their belongings home.
  • Make decisions about who gets what long before you need to act on it.  Put it in writing or put tags on furniture.
  • Decide on a sorting method you will use before you dig in.  Create areas where you will put items to keep, to toss, to pass on or to donate.
  • Set special pieces aside with care so they don’t end up accidentally being thrown or donated.
  • Get rid of the biggest items first.  It will help you feel like you are making great progress and free up room to move around as you continue.
  • Don’t lose the stories.  Special pieces often have great stories attached to them.  Jot some notes down so the story can be passed along with the item.
  • Work a little every day.
  • Know that people may get emotional.  Allow this to happen and honor the process.
  • Make sure everyone knows what’s considered a keepsake and should be set aside.
  • Take time to do the job properly.  Don’t try to rush the process.
  • If you need help, hire someone.

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