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In this video, we addressed a common question:
“Where should I begin when it comes to downsizing?”
First, let’s revisit the distinction between downsizing and decluttering. Downsizing refers to the process of moving from one place to another, where the new space cannot accommodate all your belongings. On the other hand, decluttering involves purging and reorganizing possessions without the need for a move.
With this distinction in mind, let’s explore five areas to consider decluttering in preparation for a downsizing move.
1. Outdated Paperwork, Taxes, and Receipts:
Start by consulting your tax advisor or visiting IRS.gov to understand the guidelines for retaining important documents. Once you have clarity, declutter your paperwork by securely disposing of outdated tax files and unnecessary receipts.
2. Books, Magazines, and Technical Manuals:
Items like books, magazines, and technical manuals often don’t sell well in a downsizing sale. Consider donating or recycling these publications to free up space and lighten your load.
3. Clothing & Accessories:
Now is the perfect time to part ways with clothing, shoes, and accessories that no longer serve you. Donate items that are in good condition but no longer fit your style or size. This proactive approach will help streamline your wardrobe for the next phase of your life.
4. Family Photos:
Sorting through family photos can be emotionally challenging. To make the process more manageable, start early and pace yourself. Consider scanning important photos to preserve them digitally, and you can choose to gift physical copies to family members or create a cherished photo album.
5. Cosmetics and Outdated Medications:
Take a closer look under the bathroom sink and declutter cosmetics and outdated medications. Dispose of expired medications safely by taking them to a local pharmacy equipped to handle proper disposal.
Remember, these suggestions are optional and can be tailored to your personal preferences. Some individuals prefer to go through their belongings systematically, while others are comfortable moving and allowing professionals to handle the disposal, sale, or donation process. Rest assured, we at Seniors Living Smarter Services are here to assist you every step of the way, ensuring a
hassle-free downsizing experience.
If you are feeling overwhelmed or have questions about downsizing in Georgetown or surrounding areas, call us at 512-818-0988.
If you are outside our service area, we can help connect you with great people in your area who are experienced and reputable!