Category: Downsizing

  • I Don’t Ever Think About What to Wear … and it’s Awesome

    Just the other day I saw a posting for a huge estate sale. There were several photos posted highlighting the person’s most prized possessions which were going to be on sale. Among them were “piles” of clothing. It made me wonder… when was the last time that person wore all those clothes…or did she even wear all of them? It was advertised that many of the articles of clothing still had tags on them. How could that be possible? How could one person ever collect, much less wear, that many articles of clothing?

    If you’ve ever had to sift through a loved one’s belongings once they’ve passed, you’re going to want to continue reading as a reminder to yourself about how it felt as you were going through them. Now, apply it to yourself and to your closet. Have you ever considered what will happen to your clothing once you’re no longer around to tend to it? Make it easy on them.

    Have you ever counted the number of clothing items in your closet and dresser drawers? Research shows that the average person owns about 148 pieces of clothing, yet often only wears 20% of them regularly. I currently own about 75 articles of clothing plus a half dozen sweatshirts and jackets. This feels about right, yet I still only wear about 20% of what I have on a regular basis. Interesting, isn’t it?

    Assessing Your Current Wardrobe

    If the time is right, walk into your closet and begin counting!  It’s important to assess what you currently have in order to create a minimalist wardrobe that reflects your style and needs.

    Inventory and Categorization:

    To begin, take stock of all your clothes. Start by emptying your closet and organizing your garments into categories. Categorize them into two main groups: essentials and non-essentials. Essentials are items you frequently wear, love, and fit well. Non-essentials are items that are rarely worn, no longer fit, or you never really liked, but perhaps spent a bit too much money on.

    I’ve been there! I used to feel like I had this huge, walk-in closet, and it needed to be full. But it didn’t matter how full it was, it never felt like enough. That mindset can be very destructive and costly, and it feels so good to just “let it go.”

    I used to feel like I had this huge, walk-in closet, and it needed to be full.

    Decluttering Techniques:

    There are many methods out there to help you begin your decluttering process, but at the end of the day, it comes down to these three questions.  You should focus on creating a collection of versatile, high-quality pieces that can be mixed and matched effortlessly.

    Remember these questions during the decluttering process:

    • Do you love it? Keep what you love.
    • Does it fit well today? Keep what fits right now.
    • Have you worn it in the past year? Keep only what you’ve worn in the last year.

    Assessing your current wardrobe is the first step toward creating a minimalist style that simplifies your daily routine and enhances your fashion choices.

    Building Your Minimalist Wardrobe

    Let’s get started by selecting some core pieces which will serve as the backbone of your wardrobe. Remember, only keep what you love, what fits perfectly at this moment, and what you’ve worn within the past year. Be honest with yourself! Embracing this approach will really help you streamline your choices.

    Identifying Core Pieces

    When choosing what to keep, it’s important to identify the staple items that effortlessly blend functionality with style. Think of classic white shirts, versatile denim jeans, good quality t-shirts, cashmere sweaters, and comfortable footwear. These timeless essentials act as the building blocks for lots of outfit combinations, ensuring versatility and longevity in your choices.

    Find one you like and buy it in multiple colors.

    Quality Over Quantity

    Choose quality over quantity. Instead of succumbing to the bargain sales rack purchases, prioritize investing in high-quality clothing that stands the test of time. Choosing pieces made from superior materials not only ensures durability but also lasts longer and reduces the need for frequent replacements.

    So, as you embark on the journey of building your minimalist wardrobe, remember that the average person owns about 148 pieces of clothing, but true style lies in selecting pieces that resonate with your personality and will and stand the test of time. Keep what you love, what fits perfectly in the present, and what you’ve cherished in the past year – therein lies the essence of a minimalist wardrobe that speaks volumes with minimal pieces.

    Maintaining Your Minimalist Wardrobe

    Here’s the challenging part! In my minimalist wardrobe journey, I’ve learned that maintaining a clutter-free and intentional closet is key to truly embracing a minimalist lifestyle. Regular wardrobe audits are a must. These audits involve assessing my clothing choices, keeping what I love, what fits right now, and what I’ve worn in the last year, while bidding farewell to items that no longer serve a purpose.

    Regular Wardrobe Audits

    Conducting regular wardrobe audits is like giving your closet a breath of fresh air. It allows you to reassess your clothing choices, ensuring that every piece aligns with your minimalist values and personal style. By following the simple rule of keeping what you love, what fits well, and what you actually wear, you can maintain a streamlined wardrobe that reflects your authentic self.

    Is it time to let it go?

    Mindful Purchasing Practices

    Mindful purchasing practices are vital for sustaining a minimalist wardrobe. Investing in high-quality pieces that are versatile can significantly reduce the urge to constantly shop for new items. Before making a purchase, consider why you want to add this to your collection of clothing. Do you need it? Do you want it? Are you replacing an existing item with this new one? It’s important to be intentional with your purchases…otherwise, bad habits creep right back in, and pretty soon, your closet is bursting at the seams again. Remember, the average person owns about 148 pieces of clothing. By practicing regular wardrobe audits and mindful purchasing habits, you can maintain a minimalist wardrobe that is both stylish and sustainable, reflecting your unique personality and values.

    Donate what you can no longer wear.

    Embracing a minimalist wardrobe has been a game-changer for me. It’s not just about owning fewer clothes; it’s about simplicity and knowing that I’m not leaving behind huge piles of “stuff” for my loved ones to have to sort through. As I decluttered my closet and focused on quality over quantity, I realized that less truly is more.

    I’ve simplified my life and discovered a newfound sense of freedom in my clothing choices. The average person owns about 148 pieces of clothing, but I’ve learned that I don’t need all of that to feel confident.

    A minimalist wardrobe isn’t about depriving yourself; it’s about empowering yourself to make intentional decisions about what you wear. Embrace the simplicity and elegance of a minimalist wardrobe – less time fretting over outfits means more time for what truly matters in life. Let your personal style shine through with carefully selected pieces that speak volumes without saying a word.

  • Lies that Lead to a Cluttered Home

    Are you tired of living in a cluttered home, surrounded by chaos and disarray? It’s time to uncover the lies that have led you down this path and regain control over your living space. Today, I will shed light on the misconceptions that have kept you from achieving a tidy and organized home. From the belief that more stuff equals happiness to the notion that you’ll never have enough storage, I’ll debunk these common myths and provide you with practical solutions to create a serene and clutter-free environment. Say goodbye to the clutter and hello to a peaceful sanctuary. Let’s get started!

    The Myth of “I Might Need It Someday”

    “Under the influence of clutter, we may underestimate how much time we’re giving to the less important stuff.” —Zoë Kim

    Holding onto items for potential future use is a common reason why many people struggle with a cluttered home. The belief that “I might need it someday” can lead to accumulating unnecessary possessions and can contribute to a disorganized living space. Let’s discuss the dangers of this myth and the fear of regret that prevents people from letting go.

    Holding onto Items for Potential Future Use

    It’s easy to fall into the trap of holding onto items with the thought that they might come in handy someday. Whether it’s clothing that no longer fits, outdated electronics, or random knick-knacks, our homes can quickly fill up with things we rarely or never use. The fear of needing something in the future can create a sense of necessity, making it difficult to let go of items that are no longer serving a purpose in our lives.

    “Remember: you are not what you own. Storing all those books doesn’t make you any smarter; it just makes your life more cluttered.” — Francine Jay

    It's easy to fall into the trap of holding onto items with the thought that they might come in handy someday.

    The Fear of Regret and Letting Go

    One of the main reasons why people struggle to declutter is the fear of regret. We worry that if we let go of an item, we might need it right after we’ve gotten rid of it. This fear can be paralyzing and prevent us from making decisions to declutter and create a more organized living environment.

    It’s essential to realize that the fear of regret is often unfounded. Most of the time, the items we hold onto “just in case” remain unused and take up valuable space in our homes. Learning to let go of these unnecessary possessions can free up physical space and provide a sense of mental clarity.

    Instead of holding onto every item out of fear, it’s more effective to adopt a mindset focused on the present moment. Ask yourself questions such as, “Do I currently need this item?” and “Is it serving a purpose in my life right now?” This shift in mindset encourages us to evaluate our possessions objectively and make intentional choices about what stays and what goes.

    By acknowledging the myth of “I might need it someday” and understanding the fear of regret that often accompanies it, we can begin to declutter our homes and create a more organized and peaceful living environment. Letting go of unnecessary items not only clears physical space but also allows us to let go of mental baggage, promoting a sense of calm and simplicity in our lives.

    The “Just in Case” Mentality

    We often find ourselves surrounded by clutter in our homes, and one of the reasons behind this is the “just in case” mentality. This mindset leads us to stockpile unnecessary items, believing that preparedness requires excess. Let’s explore this mentality and how it contributes to a cluttered home.

    The belief that "I might need it someday" can lead to accumulating unnecessary possessions and can contribute to a disorganized living space.

    Stockpiling Unnecessary Items

    When we embrace the “just in case” mentality, we tend to accumulate items that we believe might be useful someday. Whether it’s holding onto old clothes that no longer fit or hoarding kitchen gadgets we rarely use, the tendency to stockpile unnecessary items can quickly clutter our living spaces.

    The allure of keeping these items lies in the idea that they might come in handy at some point. Yet, in reality, most of these things end up collecting dust, taking up valuable space, and adding to our household clutter.

    The Belief That Preparedness Requires Excess

    I better keep it "just in case,"

    The “just in case” mentality stems from a belief that being prepared means having an abundance of things. We feel a sense of security knowing that we have a backup for every situation, even if the likelihood of needing those items is minimal.

    This belief often leads to an excessive accumulation of possessions. We start to associate preparedness with owning more things, which can quickly spiral into clutter and disorganization. The more we hold onto, the harder it becomes to maintain an organized and clutter-free home.

    It’s important to reassess this mindset and ask ourselves whether we truly need all these excess items. By letting go of the belief that preparedness requires excess, we can start to free ourselves from the burden of unnecessary clutter.

    The Sentimental Attachment Trap

    Many of us have experienced the difficulty of parting with sentimental items in our homes. These belongings hold memories and emotions that make it hard to let go. The sentimental attachment trap can lead to a cluttered home filled with objects we hang on to out of guilt or obligation that no longer serve a practical purpose.

    The sentimental attachment trap can lead to a cluttered home filled with objects we hang on to out of guilt or obligation that no longer serve a practical purpose.

    Difficulty in Parting with Sentimental Items

    When it comes to sentimental items in our homes, the struggle to let go can be real. Whether it’s a childhood toy, a piece of artwork created by a loved one, or a collection of old photographs, these objects carry an emotional weight that makes it challenging to declutter. We often attach memories and stories to these items, making them feel like a part of our identity or history.

    The fear of forgetting or losing the memories associated with these belongings can lead to a strong resistance in letting go. We may worry that by getting rid of them, we are erasing a piece of our past or disconnecting from cherished moments. This emotional attachment can create a barrier to creating a clutter-free living space.

    Nostalgia Overpowering Practicality

    When it comes to sentimental items in our homes, the struggle to let go can be real.

    Nostalgia can be a powerful force that overrides our sense of practicality when it comes to decluttering. We may find ourselves holding onto items simply because they evoke a sense of nostalgia or remind us of happier times. This sentimental value does not always align with the practical use or importance of an item in our present lives.

    For example, an old piece of furniture passed down through generations may hold sentimental value, but if it no longer serves a functional purpose or takes up significant space, it may be more beneficial to let go. Similarly, holding onto a large collection of childhood keepsakes may contribute to a cluttered home, even if the items themselves are not actively used or displayed.

    It’s important to strike a balance between honoring our sentimental attachments and maintaining a clutter-free living environment. By evaluating the practicality and necessity of each item, we can make more informed decisions about what to keep and what to let go.

    Remember, decluttering does not mean erasing memories or disregarding the significance of sentimental items. It allows us to create a space that reflects our present needs and priorities while still cherishing the memories that matter most.

    The Comparison Game

    We live in a world where comparison has become a constant presence in our lives. Thanks to social media and the pressure to conform to societal norms, it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of the comparison game. Let’s examine two aspects of the comparison game that can contribute to a cluttered home: trying to keep up with others’ possessions and the pressure to conform to societal norms.

    Trying to Keep Up with Others’ Possessions

    It’s hard to avoid the constant bombardment of images showcasing other people’s seemingly perfect homes and possessions. Whether it’s your friend’s newly renovated kitchen or a celebrity’s luxurious walk-in closet, it’s natural to feel a sense of envy and the desire to keep up.

    The problem arises when this desire to keep up leads to impulsive buying decisions. We may find ourselves purchasing items we don’t need or have space for, simply because we want to achieve the same level of perceived success or happiness as those we admire.

    But here's the truth: material possessions alone won't bring us true fulfillment.

    But here’s the truth: material possessions alone won’t bring us true fulfillment. Instead of constantly chasing after the latest trends or accumulating more stuff, we should focus on what brings us joy and suits our individual needs and lifestyle. By letting go of the need to keep up with others, we can create a clutter-free home that reflects our personal values and priorities.

    The Pressure to Conform to Societal Norms

    Society often dictates what is considered “normal” or socially acceptable when it comes to our homes. From the size of our living spaces to the style of our furniture, there can be a tremendous pressure to conform. We may feel compelled to have a perfectly organized pantry, a Pinterest-worthy home office, or a meticulously curated collection of home decor items.

    It’s important to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to creating a home. Each person is unique, with their own tastes, preferences, and priorities. What works for someone else may not necessarily work for us.

    Rather than succumbing to the pressure to conform, we should focus on creating a home that reflects our individuality and brings us comfort and joy. Embracing our own personal style and letting go of the need to fit into societal molds will not only help us create a clutter-free home, but also foster a sense of authenticity and contentment.

    The Fear of Making the Wrong Decision

    The fear of making the wrong decision can be overwhelming and can hinder our progress in decluttering. We may ask ourselves questions like: What if I need this someday? What if I regret getting rid of it? This fear can make even the simplest decision feel daunting.

    To overcome this fear, it’s important to remind ourselves that decluttering is about creating a more organized and functional space. By letting go of items we no longer need or use, we make room for things that truly bring value to our lives. Remembering our end goal and the benefits of a clutter-free home can help alleviate the fear of making the wrong decision.

    Instead of being overwhelmed by the number of choices, we can break down the decluttering process into smaller, manageable tasks. By focusing on one area or category at a time, we can reduce decision overwhelm and make progress more easily. Setting aside dedicated time for decluttering and creating a plan can also provide structure and help alleviate the feeling of being paralyzed.

    The accumulation of stuff can actually weigh us down both physically and mentally.

    It’s time to debunk the lies that lead to a cluttered home. The first lie is that more possessions equate to more happiness. The accumulation of stuff can actually weigh us down both physically and mentally. The second lie is that we need to hold onto things for sentimental reasons. While it’s important to cherish memories, we must also learn to let go and create space for new experiences. Lastly, the lie that organizing is a one-time task leads us to believe that once we tidy up, we’re done. Organization is an ongoing process that requires consistent effort. By recognizing these lies and challenging them, we can free ourselves from the burden of a cluttered home and embrace a simplified, more fulfilling lifestyle. So, let’s break free from these misconceptions and start enjoying the freedom and peace that comes with a clutter-free home.

  • Don’t Keep it Just Because it Cost Too Much

    Don’t you hate it when you splurge on something expensive and then feel obligated to hold onto it, even if you no longer want or need it? Many people, including myself, fall into this trap, holding onto items simply because of the money we spent on them. Today, we will discuss why it’s important to break free from this mindset and how to let go of things that no longer serve you.

    “Noticing what you love will help you release what you don’t.” – Courtney Carver

    The Cost Fallacy Illusion

    We had a beautiful patio dining table with six very nice captain chairs to match, which we used frequently at our home in Hanford. We hauled it all the way to Arizona with us when we moved here about a year and a half ago. But, here’s the deal. We don’t use it. It’s just one more “thing” that needs cleaning every week.

    In the time we’ve been here, we have only used it a handful of times. We imagined we would sit out there and enjoy the beautiful views, listen to music, or watch a baseball game on TV when the weather permits. But, the reality is that it really isn’t comfortable lounging furniture.

    If it no longer serves you, just let it go!

    So, I realized it was time to follow my own advice and let it go! I posted a picture on the local neighborhood app and a sweet young couple, with a three-year-old came over and picked it up the same day. It felt so good to give something we didn’t need or use to a family who was so excited to receive it. What took me so long to let go? My mindset…and, it was very expensive!

    It’s a common human tendency to associate value with the amount of money we’ve spent on something. The more we invest, the harder it becomes to let go. This cognitive bias is known as the “cost fallacy,” and it can have a significant impact on our decision-making process.

    It’s crucial to remember that the cost of an item is just one aspect of its overall value. The true value lies in how well the item meets your needs, brings joy, or adds functionality to your life. If an item no longer serves its purpose or brings you happiness, it’s time to reconsider its worth.

    The Burden of Unnecessary Possessions

    Clutter, or excess stuff, can have a negative impact on our mental and emotional well-being. When we hold onto things we no longer want or need, our living space becomes cluttered, making it harder to relax and focus. Physical clutter can also lead to mental clutter, as our minds become preoccupied with the burden of excess possessions.

    Living with only what you actually need and love can bring a sense of freedom and peace. Letting go of unnecessary possessions can create more space in your life, both physically and mentally. It allows you to prioritize the things that matter most and make room for new experiences and opportunities. Once I let that furniture go, we were able to create the comfortable, lounging space we had envisioned out on the patio. Now this space is an extension of our indoor living area and we use it every day.

    Use your space to create an area you love.

    The Liberation of Letting Go

    Letting go of items that no longer serve you can be a liberating experience. It frees up physical space, declutters your mind, and allows you to move forward with a lighter load. Here are some steps you can take to embrace the art of letting go.

    1. Assess the True Value: Instead of focusing solely on the cost, evaluate the item’s value based on its usefulness, enjoyment, and impact on your life.
    2. Donate or Sell: If the item still has some value, consider donating it to someone who could benefit from it or sell it to recoup some of the costs.
    3. Simplify Your Space: Take a systematic approach to decluttering. Start with one area at a time, categorize items, and decide what to keep, donate, or discard.
    4. Embrace Minimalism: Adopting a minimalist mindset can help you make more conscious choices about what you bring into your life and what you let go of.
    Enjoy the moment.

    Parting ways with items that have cost you a significant amount of money can be challenging, but it’s essential to recognize that the cost is only one aspect of an item’s value. By letting go of things that no longer serve you, you can create a more clutter-free and fulfilling life. Embrace the liberation that comes with “letting go” and focus on what actually brings you joy and happiness. Remember, letting go can be the first step toward a more intentional and fulfilling lifestyle.

  • Hey Boomers: It’s Time to Discover the Benefits of Living with Less

    Downsizing and decluttering might seem like a daunting task, especially when it’s about a lifetime of memories and possessions. But there’s a silver lining. It’s about learning to do more with less, living a simpler, uncluttered life, and enjoying the freedom that comes with it. For Baby Boomers, this change can bring both challenges and opportunities. With the right strategies and a positive mindset, it’s possible to make the process less stressful and more rewarding. I hope you’ll find some useful tips in this guide to help Boomers navigate the process of downsizing, decluttering, and adopting a simpler lifestyle.

    The Benefits of Downsizing for Baby Boomers

    Downsizing provides an opportunity to let go of unnecessary possessions and create a more streamlined and peaceful environment

    Creating a More Manageable Living Space

    If you’re a baby boomer looking to simplify your life, downsizing can be a game-changer for you. By reducing the size of your living space, you can create a more manageable home that is easier to navigate and maintain. Imagine not having to spend hours cleaning rooms you rarely use or constantly searching for misplaced items in a cluttered home. With a smaller living space, everything becomes more accessible, allowing you to spend your time and energy on the things that matter most to you.

    Reducing Stress and Anxiety

    Downsizing provides an opportunity to let go of unnecessary possessions and create a more streamlined and peaceful environment

    One of the greatest benefits of downsizing for baby boomers is the significant reduction in stress and anxiety. As we age, it becomes increasingly important to minimize the mental and physical strain that a cluttered and disorganized living space can cause. Downsizing provides an opportunity to let go of unnecessary possessions and create a more streamlined and peaceful environment. By eliminating the excess stuff, you can free yourself from the burden of constant upkeep and enjoy a more stress-free lifestyle.

    Saving Money and Resources

    Downsizing can also have a positive impact on your financial situation. By moving into a smaller home, you can significantly reduce your monthly expenses. Smaller spaces require less energy to heat and cool, resulting in lower utility bills. Downsizing often means reducing your property taxes and insurance costs. With the money saved, you can invest in experiences or hobbies that bring you joy, rather than spending it on maintaining a large and unnecessary living space.

    Understanding the Psychology of Letting Go

    For many baby boomers, their belongings hold sentimental value and memories that are deeply ingrained in their hearts. Letting go of these possessions can be an emotionally charged process

    The process of letting go can be a complex and emotional one. Many boomers have lived through decades of accumulating belongings, each holding a story or memory. These possessions often become intertwined with our identity and sense of self. The thought of parting with these items can create feelings of loss, anxiety, and even guilt. However, understanding the psychology behind these emotions is crucial in helping boomers navigate through this process.

    To begin with, it’s essential to acknowledge and validate these emotions. By recognizing the significance of our possessions and the feelings associated with them, we can gain a better understanding of our own attachment. Having open and honest conversations about these belongings can help us reflect on why certain items hold such sentimental value. By doing so, we can gradually detach our emotions from the physical objects and shift our focus toward the memories and experiences they represent.

    Strategies for Sorting and Categorizing Items

    When faced with a household full of possessions, the task of sorting through them can seem overwhelming. Boomers may find it challenging to know where to begin. That’s where effective strategies for sorting and categorizing items come into play. Here are a few techniques that can simplify the process and make it more manageable:

    Boomers may find it challenging to know where to begin. That's where effective strategies for sorting and categorizing items come into play.
    1. Start small and set achievable goals: Breaking down the sorting process into smaller tasks can help you feel less overwhelmed. Set specific goals for each session, such as decluttering a specific room or tackling a particular category of items (e.g., clothing, books, or kitchenware).
    2. Use the “keep, donate, discard” method: Create three distinct categories for your belongings: items you wish to keep, items you can donate or give away, and items you should toss. This method allows you to make clear decisions about each item and prevents unnecessary clutter from re-entering your living spaces.
    3. Focus on functionality and usefulness: Prioritize items based on your current needs and lifestyle. Consider whether an item serves a practical purpose or brings you joy in your day-to-day life. By shifting your focus from sentimental value to practicality, you can make more objective decisions about what to keep and what to let go.

    Finding New Homes for Beloved Possessions

    By giving your possessions to those in need, you may feel a sense of fulfillment knowing that these belongings will continue to serve a purpose.

    After identifying the things you wish to part with, you may still struggle with the thought of them ending up in a landfill or being forgotten. Finding new homes for precious possessions can help alleviate this concern and provide you with a sense of closure. Here are some avenues to explore:

    By giving your possessions to those in need, you may feel a sense of fulfillment knowing that these belongings will continue to serve a purpose.
    • Passing items on to loved ones: You may want to consider gifting sentimental items to family members or close friends who have expressed an interest. Knowing that cherished possessions will be appreciated and cared for by someone you know can bring peace of mind.
    • Donating to charitable organizations: Research local charities or nonprofit organizations that accept donations of gently used items. By giving your possessions to those in need, you may feel a sense of fulfillment knowing that these belongings will continue to serve a purpose.
    • Selling valuable items: If you have valuable possessions that you no longer need, consider exploring online marketplaces or consignment stores where you can sell these items. Knowing that your belongings will find new owners who appreciate their worth can make the process of letting go more rewarding.

    Seeking Assistance from Friends and Family

    Decluttering can be an emotional journey, especially when it involves sentimental items or memories from the past. In such cases, seeking assistance from friends and family can provide much-needed support and guidance. Reach out to loved ones who can offer a fresh perspective and help you make difficult decisions. Their presence can also make the process more enjoyable and less challenging. Involving others in the decluttering process creates a sense of community and shared responsibility. Remember, you don’t have to go through this alone; with the help of your loved ones, decluttering can become a collaborative and rewarding experience.

    Decluttering is a journey, and it’s important to be patient and kind to yourself throughout the process. Stay focused on the end goal and celebrate each milestone along the way. With these practical tips, you’ll be well on your way to downsizing and embracing a simpler, more fulfilling life.

    Downsizing allows for a simpler, more manageable lifestyle, reducing stress and freeing up time and resources for new experiences.

    Although downsizing and decluttering can be challenging, it is important for boomers to focus on the positive aspects and benefits that come with this process. Downsizing allows for a simpler, more manageable lifestyle, reducing stress and freeing up time and resources for new experiences. It can also provide financial advantages, such as lower utility and maintenance costs. By embracing the opportunities that downsizing brings, baby boomers can create a brighter future filled with more meaningful moments and less unnecessary clutter.

  • Minimalism: Five Ways to Give it a Try

    Minimalism is a lifestyle choice that focuses on choosing to live with less. Embracing minimalism doesn’t mean you have to give up everything you own. It’s about making conscious decisions to prioritize what truly matters.

    As a baby boomer, we have worked our entire lives, with an end goal of retirement. Now that we are here, what do we do? Dave and I set a goal to live this phase of our life doing whatever we feel like doing. And it feels good! Living a minimalist lifestyle makes it simple for us to just pick up and go whenever the opportunity presents itself.

    If you are interested in giving it a try, here are five ways you can sample minimalist living, helping you create a more intentional and fulfilling life. By adopting these practices, you’ll find that less is more, and that living with less can lead to a happier, healthier, and more sustainable lifestyle.

    Understanding Minimalism

    Minimalism is a way of living that involves intentionally simplifying one’s life by minimizing possessions and focusing on experiences. Minimalism is not just about owning fewer things. It is also about creating a sense of clarity and freedom in one’s life. Minimalism is a way of focusing on what’s truly important in life and eliminating distractions. This can mean different things to different people, but the general idea is to get rid of excess stuff and create space for what really matters.

    Why Choose Minimalism?

    There are many reasons why people choose minimalism. Some people are tired of the constant clutter in their lives and want to simplify. Others are looking for more freedom and flexibility in their lives. And some people are simply looking for a way to save money and reduce their environmental footprint.

    Minimalism is a journey, not a destination. It’s about finding what works for you and creating a sense of purpose and clarity in your life. Whether you choose to adopt a completely minimalist lifestyle or simply incorporate some minimalist principles into your life, the benefits can be significant.


    Five Ways to Sample Minimalist Living

    Minimalist living is a lifestyle that focuses on living with less. It’s about simplifying your life by reducing the clutter and distractions that can weigh you down. If you’re interested in exploring minimalist living, here are five ways to get started:

    1. Downsizing and Decluttering Your Home

    The first step to embracing a minimalist lifestyle is to declutter your home. Take a look around your living space and identify the items that you no longer need or use. Donate, sell or recycle anything that doesn’t serve a purpose in your life. You’ll be amazed at how much clearer your space and mind will feel once you’ve let go of the excess.

    2. Simplify Your Wardrobe

    Take a look at your wardrobe and identify the clothes that you wear the most. Donate or sell the clothes that you haven’t worn in the past year. By simplifying your wardrobe, you’ll be able to spend less time deciding what to wear and more time on the things that matter most.

    3. Examine Your Diet

    Eating a simpler diet is not only good for your health, it can also help you save money. Instead of eating out or buying pre-made meals, try cooking your own food from scratch. Focus on whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. Not only will you feel better, but you’ll also have more control over what you’re putting into your body.

    Simplify your diet, eat healthy meals

    4. Clean Up Your Digital Life

    Our digital lives can be just as cluttered as our physical ones. Take some time to declutter your digital life by unsubscribing from email lists, deleting old files, and organizing your digital space. Spend less time scrolling through social media and more time engaging in real-life activities that bring you joy.

    5. Embrace a Slower Pace of Living

    Living a minimalist lifestyle is not just about physical possessions. It’s also about slowing down and enjoying the simple things in life. Take a walk in nature, read a book, or spend time with loved ones. By embracing a slower pace of living, you’ll be able to focus on what really matters in life. If you missed my earlier post on Slow Living, check it out here –

    Minimalism, Slow Living, Intentional living, simplicity

    I hope these five ways to sample minimalist living have been helpful to you. Minimalist living is not about deprivation or sacrifice. It’s about making conscious choices that align with your values and priorities.

    By living with less, you can create more space, time, and energy for the things that matter most to you. Whether it’s spending time with loved ones, pursuing your passions, or simply enjoying the present moment, minimalism can help you live a more meaningful and satisfying life.

    I would love to hear from you. Feel free to leave your comments below!

  • The Minimalist Boomer: Keeping Life Simple

    The Benefits of Downsizing are becoming increasingly popular, especially among the baby boomer generation. As retirement approaches, we are looking for ways to simplify our lives, reduce stress, and improve our overall quality of life.

    Downsizing is an excellent solution that offers numerous advantages. As baby boomers move into retirement age, many of us are considering downsizing our homes and possessions.

    “Much of what we acquire in life isn’t worth dragging to the next leg of our journey. Travel light. You will be better equipped to travel far.”
    ― Gina Greenlee

    What is downsizing?

    Downsizing is the process of intentionally reducing one’s possessions and living space. This can involve getting rid of items that are no longer needed, such as excess furniture, clothing, or kitchen appliances. It can also involve moving to a smaller home, such as a condo or apartment, or even embracing a tiny house lifestyle. The goal of downsizing is to simplify one’s life and reduce the burden of physical belongings.

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    Why is downsizing important for baby boomers?

    Downsizing can be a positive step for boomers looking to simplify our lives and enjoy these retirement years to the fullest. By reducing our possessions and living space, we can experience greater financial freedom, less maintenance, and a more fulfilling lifestyle.

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    Reduced Stress and Anxiety

    One of the most significant benefits of downsizing is the reduction of stress and anxiety. Moving to a smaller home eliminates the need for many of the daily tasks and chores that come with a larger home, such as cleaning, maintenance, and taking care of a large yard and or swimming pool.

    With fewer possessions, there is less clutter and a greater sense of organization, leading to a more calming and peaceful environment. Additionally, downsizing can help reduce financial stress, as smaller homes often come with lower mortgage payments and decreased utility costs.

    Increased Mobility and Independence

    Downsizing can also lead to increased mobility and independence, especially for older adults. Smaller homes typically have fewer stairs and less square footage, making it easier to navigate and maintain. With less space to clean and maintain, we can spend more time doing the things we enjoy and less time worrying about household tasks. This increased mobility and independence can also lead to a greater sense of self-confidence and empowerment.

    Improved Social Connections

    Finally, downsizing can lead to improved social connections. Moving to a smaller home often means moving to a new neighborhood or community, which can provide opportunities to meet new people and get involved in local activities. A smaller home also means less time indoors, which can lead to more time spent in outdoor spaces, such as parks and community gardens. These outdoor spaces provide opportunities for social interaction and connection.

    As Baby Boomers approach retirement age, many of us are looking for ways to simplify our lives and get more bang for our buck. One strategy that is gaining popularity is downsizing. By selling our large homes and moving into smaller, more affordable ones, Baby Boomers can reap a number of financial benefits.

    Lower Living Expenses

    One of the biggest advantages of downsizing is the reduction in living expenses. A smaller home typically means no mortgage or much lower mortgage payments, property taxes, utilities, and maintenance costs. This can free up a significant amount of money each month, which can be used to pay off debt, save for retirement, or travel.

    Tips for Downsizing Successfully

    Downsizing can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right approach, you can simplify your life and enjoy a more stress-free existence. Here are three tips for downsizing successfully:

    Start Early and Plan Ahead

    One of the keys to successful downsizing is to start early and plan ahead. Give yourself plenty of time to sort through your belongings and decide what to keep and what to get rid of. This will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed and ensure that you make thoughtful decisions about what to keep and what to let go of.

    Declutter and Organize

    Decluttering and organizing are essential steps in the downsizing process. Start by going through your belongings and deciding what you can live without. Get rid of anything that you haven’t used in the past year, duplicates, or items that no longer serve a purpose in your life. Then, organize the items you plan to keep in a way that makes sense to you. This will help you stay organized and reduce clutter in your new living space.

    Consider Alternative Living Arrangements

    One of the biggest benefits of downsizing is the ability to explore alternative living arrangements. Consider moving into a smaller home or apartment, or a retirement community. These options can offer a simpler, more manageable lifestyle and allow you to focus on the things that matter most to you.

    Dave and I found an amazing community here in Wickenburg Ranch, It is truly a special place to live, and we feel blessed to be here.

    Wickenburg Ranch, Arizona, downsize

    As you begin looking for your “special place” to retire, or even if you are retiring and “staying in place,” consider how you wish to live. Downsizing can offer a variety of benefits for boomers looking to simplify our lives.

    By reducing the number of physical possessions owned, one can experience a greater sense of freedom and flexibility. This can lead to a more enjoyable retirement and the ability to focus on experiences and relationships rather than material things. Overall, it’s important for boomers to consider downsizing as a viable option for simplifying our lives and enjoying all that retirement has to offer.

    Here’s where you’ll find me when I’m not hanging out with Dave or blogging! I love my view from Lane 1.

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  • Reverse Decluttering … It May Work for You

    Let’s face it, decluttering can be overwhelming. But what if we told you there’s a way to make it fun and exciting? Enter reverse decluttering. This approach encourages creativity and challenges you to find new uses for old items. Plus, you’ll be amazed at how much money you’ll save by not constantly buying new things.

    “Reverse decluttering is a method of downsizing your possessions by starting with the end goal in mind. Decide what you want to keep and work backwards to decide what you should get rid of. Focus on the things that are most important to you and let go of items that no longer serve a purpose in your life.” – Unknown

    Downsizing your home can be a challenging process, but with the right strategy, it can lead to a more efficient and organized living space. One effective approach to downsizing is reverse decluttering, a method that focuses on selecting items to keep, rather than deciding what to discard.

    Reverse decluttering is a unique concept that can help you downsize your belongings in a more organized and structured way. Unlike traditional decluttering methods, reverse decluttering involves starting with the end in mind and working toward your desired outcome. Essentially, you begin by deciding what you want to keep instead of what you want to get rid of.

    reverse declutter, decide what to keep, toss the rest

    When you begin the process of reverse decluttering, you start by setting your end goal. This could be anything from moving to a smaller home to simply wanting to live a more minimalist lifestyle. From there, you work backwards to decide what items you need to keep to achieve your goal.

    One way to do this is to focus on the items that bring you the most joy or have the most practical use in your life. For example, if your goal is to downsize your home, you might decide that you need to keep your bed, your dining room table and chairs, and a few essential kitchen items. From there, you can begin to let go of items that you don’t need or that don’t serve a purpose in your life.

    keep what brings you joy, reverse declutter, downsize, simplicity

    One benefit of reverse decluttering is that it can help you create a more intentional and fulfilling lifestyle. By focusing on the things that bring you joy and purpose, you can reduce the clutter in your life and make room for the things that matter most.

    Another benefit of reverse decluttering is that it can help you save time and money. By keeping only the things that you need and use, you can avoid buying unnecessary items and reduce the time and effort required to maintain your home. This can result in a more streamlined and efficient lifestyle that allows you to focus on the things that truly matter to you.

    Reverse decluttering is a process that involves identifying and keeping only the essential items while discarding the rest. It is an effective way of downsizing your possessions, simplifying your life, and increasing your living space. However, getting started on reverse decluttering can be a daunting task, especially if you have never done it before.

    Here are a few tips, and tricks to help you get started.

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    One Step at a Time

    1. Start with a plan: A plan will help you stay focused on the task at hand. Determine the number of rooms you will declutter and the time frame for completing the project.
    2. Sort your possessions: Sort your possessions into three categories: keep, donate, and discard. Be honest with yourself and keep only what you truly need and use.
    3. Organize your space: Once you have identified the items to keep, organize your space in a way that makes it easy to find and access the items. Consider using storage containers, baskets, and shelves to maximize space.
    4. Dispose of unwanted items: Donate or sell items that are in good condition and discard the rest. Consider donating to a local charity or selling items online.
    5. Maintain your space: Make it a habit to maintain your newly organized space. Regularly assess your possessions and get rid of any items that no longer serve a purpose.
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    Tips and Tricks

    • Start small: Begin with a small space, such as a closet or drawer, before moving on to larger areas.
    • Set goals: Set realistic goals for each decluttering session to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
    • Use the one-year rule: If you haven’t used an item in the past year, it’s time to let it go.
    • Ask for help: Consider enlisting the help of a friend or family member to make the process more enjoyable.
    • Be mindful of sentimental items: It’s okay to keep sentimental items but limit the number of items you keep and find creative ways to display or store them.

    Reverse decluttering can be a rewarding process. By following these steps and tips, you can simplify your life and create a more organized and peaceful living space.

    If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the clutter in your home, remember that you’re not alone. Many people struggle with organization and finding ways to create more space. But with reverse decluttering, you have a simple and effective method to start making changes.

    This is a simple yet powerful concept that can change the way you live. It’s about being intentional with your possessions, thoughts, and actions. By focusing on what you want to keep, you create a space that is filled with meaning and purpose.

    So, don’t wait any longer, start your reverse decluttering journey today and see how it can improve your life!

  • 10 Telltale Signs Your Possessions Are Overwhelming Your Life

    “If you have not used it in the last year, it probably belongs in the trash!”
    ― Steven Magee

    Owning a lot of possessions can sometimes become overwhelming, leading to clutter and disorganization in your life. Maybe today is the day for you to realize it’s time to begin to declutter and simplify your life.

    The following piece will provide you with 10 signs you own too much stuff, helping you pinpoint areas in your life where you can make changes to reduce stress and live more efficiently. By the end, you’ll be prepared to tackle your excess belongings head-on and create a more organized and peaceful living environment.

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    The Cluttered Home

    Have you ever found yourself struggling to find something in your own home? Do you feel like there’s just too much stuff around you and you can’t seem to keep it organized? If so, you may be dealing with a cluttered home.

    Overflowing Closets

    One of the first signs of a cluttered home is overflowing closets. When you have more clothes than you can fit in your closet, it’s time to start decluttering. You may find items you haven’t worn in years, old shoes that need to be thrown away, or clothes that no longer fit. Getting rid of these items can help make space for the clothes you actually wear.

    Packed Drawers

    Another sign of a cluttered home is packed drawers. When your drawers are so full that you can’t close them properly, it’s time to start decluttering. You may find items that you forgot you even had, or items that you’ve been holding onto for sentimental reasons. Getting rid of these items can help make space for the items you actually use.

    “I decided to break the trend of accumulating stuff sooner rather than later. I moved to smaller homes ahead of my need. I downsized before I was forced to do so.”
    ― Lisa J. Shultz

    Stacks of Paperwork

    Do you have stacks of paperwork taking up valuable desk space? If so, you need to declutter and organize them and train yourself to touch a piece of paper one time, from start to finish.  If you do this, you’ll never have another stack of paper.

    Too much clutter, paperwork, stacks

    In the meantime, take a deep breath, grab a pen, and let’s get this sorted. Get a trash can and start tossing any obvious junk like old receipts or outdated letters. Sort the remaining papers into categories like bills, important documents, and reference materials. Use folders or trays to keep each category separate and label them for easy access.

    Set up a regular schedule to go through and shred any papers you no longer need. With a little bit of effort and organization, you’ll have a clutter-free workspace in no time.

    Emotional Attachment

    Inability to Let Go

    It’s common to develop emotional attachments to our belongings, especially those with sentimental value. However, when these attachments become so strong that we can’t bear to part with possessions, they can become a sign that we own too much stuff.

    Have you ever found yourself struggling to get rid of an item, even though you haven’t used it in years? Perhaps it’s a shirt that doesn’t fit anymore, or an old book that you know you’ll never read again. This inability to let go of possessions can be a sign that you’re emotionally attached to them.

    There are many reasons why we might struggle to let go of our belongings. We might worry that we’ll regret getting rid of something later, or that we’ll be throwing away something that could have value in the future. We might also feel guilty about getting rid of something that was a gift or has sentimental value.

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    However, when we’re holding onto things that we don’t need or use, we’re cluttering up our living spaces and making it harder to find the things we do need. Learning to let go of possessions that no longer serve us can be a liberating experience.

    Memories Tied to Objects

    “The reason many people in our society are miserable, sick, and highly stressed is because of an unhealthy attachment to things they don’t even need.”
    ― Steve Maraboli

    Many of us have possessions that are tied to memories. Perhaps it’s a photo album that reminds us of a happy time in our lives, or a piece of jewelry that was passed down from a loved one. While it’s natural to feel attached to these items, it’s important to recognize when we’re holding onto things simply because of the memories they evoke.

    Memories don’t have to be tied to physical objects. While it’s nice to have reminders of happy times, we shouldn’t let our possessions define our memories. Instead, try taking photos of sentimental items and storing them digitally. Or consider donating the item to someone who will appreciate it as much as you did.

    Overall, emotional attachment to our belongings can be a sign that we own too much stuff. While it’s important to hold onto items that bring us joy and serve a purpose in our lives, we should also be willing to let go of things that are cluttering up our space and holding us back.

    Financial Stress

    Difficulty Paying Bills

    When you own too much stuff, it can lead to financial stress, which can make it difficult to pay your bills. You might find that you are struggling to make ends meet and are constantly worried about money. This is because owning too many things can lead to overspending, which can then lead to debt.

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    No Room for Savings

    Another sign that you own too much stuff is when you find that you have no room for savings. When you are constantly buying things, you are not setting money aside for emergencies or for your future. This can leave you in a precarious financial situation, where you have no safety net to fall back on in case of an emergency.

     “Financial peace isn’t the acquisition of stuff. It’s learning to live on less than you make, so you can give money back and have money to invest. You can’t win until you do this.” — Dave Ramsey

    Financial stress is a common sign that you might be owning too much stuff. If you find that you are struggling to pay your bills or have no room for savings, it might be time to reassess your spending habits and consider downsizing your possessions.

    Social Isolation

    Embarrassment to Have Visitors

    When you own too much stuff, it can be difficult to maintain a clean and organized home. This can lead to embarrassment and shame when inviting others over to your space. You may feel hesitant to have visitors because of the clutter, mess, and lack of space to socialize.

    Not having a welcoming home that you can be proud of can lead to missed opportunities for socializing and connecting with others. It can also lead to feelings of loneliness, as you may feel disconnected from the people around you.

    Lack of Space to Socialize

    Another sign that you may own too much stuff is when you don’t have enough space to socialize comfortably. This can be especially true in smaller living spaces where every inch counts.

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    When you have too much stuff, it can be difficult to find a place to sit or even walk around. This can make it challenging to have friends and family over for social events or even just to hang out and relax.

    Having a clutter-free and spacious home can help alleviate feelings of social isolation and allow you to enjoy the company of others in a comfortable and welcoming environment.

    Time Management

    Do you feel like there are never enough hours in the day? Are you constantly running late or missing appointments? These could be signs that you own too much stuff. Here are a couple of ways that owning too many possessions can impact your time management skills.

    Difficulty Finding Things

    When you own a lot of stuff, it can be hard to keep track of everything. You may find yourself spending hours searching for a single item, like your car keys or your husband’s favorite recipe. This not only wastes time, but it can also cause stress and frustration.

    One way to combat this issue is to organize your belongings as you declutter your home. Get rid of items that you no longer need or use and organize the things that you decide to keep. This will make it easier to find what you need when you need it, allowing you to spend less time searching and more time doing the things that are important to you.

    Time Spent Organizing

    Another way that owning too much stuff can impact your time management is by taking up valuable time that could be spent on other activities. When you have a lot of possessions, it can be difficult to keep everything organized. You may find yourself spending hours each week cleaning, sorting, and putting things away.

    While it’s important to keep your home clean and tidy, it’s also important to remember that time is a precious commodity. Instead of spending all your free time organizing your possessions, consider simplifying your life.

    This could mean downsizing your home, buying fewer things, or finding ways to reduce clutter in your current space. By doing so, you’ll free up more time to spend on the things that truly matter to you.

    It’s Never too Late to get Started

    If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of stuff in your life, know that you’re not alone. Many people struggle with clutter and the feeling of being suffocated by their possessions. But by recognizing the signs that you own too much stuff, and taking action to simplify, you can create a more balanced and joyful life. Remember, it’s not about how much you own, but how much joy and meaning your possessions bring to your life.

  • Time to Downsize


    Time to Downsize

    Downsizing your home can be both an overwhelming and an exciting time, and it’s one that generally comes with a big lifestyle change. People downsize for many reasons; perhaps they no longer need as much space, they want to save money, or they’re entering a new phase of life and they want to change their living situation.

    Whatever your reason, this piece may help you learn how to downsize in an organized and stress-free way, with tips and tricks on everything from how to make decisions about what to keep and what to declutter and how to deal with sentimental keepsakes.

    “Much of what we acquire in life isn’t worth dragging to the next leg of our journey. Travel light. You will be better equipped to travel far.” ― Gina Greenlee

    Downsizing is moving from a larger house to a smaller one. It typically involves getting rid of possessions that are no longer needed or that will not fit into the new place and it can be a big lifestyle change.

    Dave and I are good examples of boomers who downsize. First, we moved into a smaller home in the same town, after our children moved out. About three years later, we moved into an even smaller home in another state when we retired. We made these two moves over the course of about seven years. I hope you can learn a few things from our experience.

    The key to downsizing is to start early, pace yourself, and remain focused, and to remember that what may seem like tedious and time-consuming tasks will save you time and effort once you get to your new home.

    Packing your home for the move

    1. Get an early start

    It’s a good idea to reset your mindset and adjust the way that you think about your current home and belongings as soon as you decide that downsizing your home is in your near future.

    This doesn’t mean you need to start packing and organizing right away, but you can start making lists of everything you have and stop purchasing items you know you don’t need and probably won’t ever use. Use this as an opportunity to begin to declutter as the seasons change.

    This way, you can begin to prepare yourself and your home for the process of downsizing and you won’t be under a lot of stress when it’s time to really begin. In my experience, it was a lot of work to sell a home, downsize, and buy a new home within a very short period of time. We did it all in about 45 days. If you have the time, I strongly recommend that you pace yourself.

    2. Know what you have

    While it may seem tedious, taking inventory of everything that you have is an important pre-packing step. There may be possessions you forgot you had, things that are broken and need to be thrown out, or multiples that have accumulated over the years.

    This will also give you an idea of how many boxes you will need and how much time you should give yourself for the packing process. This is also a good time to measure furniture to see what will fit inside your new home and what won’t. While you’re measuring, also consider the bulkiness of the pieces of furniture you plan to move, especially if the rooms are smaller.

    For example, we moved a very nice couch with a pull-out bed in it for use in a guest bedroom. We measured carefully and although it fit, it was very bulky and just wasn’t right for the room. By the time the cushions were removed and the queen mattress was pulled out, the room felt “full.”

    I want our guests to have plenty of space and to be comfortable so we donated that pull-out bed couch to a needy family and replaced it with a Murphy bed, or wall bed, which is only pulled down when guests are visiting and it is the perfect solution for us.

    If we had considered how much space that pull-out bed really consumed and how bulky it was, we never would have moved it from California to Arizona.

    3. Sort and declutter

    To stay organized and focused during what may seem like a very overwhelming task, come up with categories to sort everything. For example, set up separate boxes for items you will keep, donate to charity, toss, sell, or give to other people.

    This way, as you go through all your possessions, you can ask yourself which of the categories the item falls under, then either place it inside the designated box or, if it’s too large, place a label on it.

    4. Oh, those sentimental items

    Pass them along to family members.

    Going through your things and deciding what to keep and what to toss can be challenging and emotional, especially when it comes to sentimental items and family heirlooms.

    There are several ways to approach sentimental items; if you have boxes and boxes of old photos but don’t have the room to keep them all, digitize them. Keep the originals that have most meaning and value to you if you must, then go through and scan all the rest.

    This way, you can still enjoy all your pictures, they just take up much less space. The same applies to postcards, greeting cards, and other things, like concert tickets or playbills, that you may have kept as souvenirs.

    As for items such as a piece of furniture or an accessory like a statue or a painting, evaluate how much it means to you personally and whether you would have it out on display or if it would just sit in a box stored away.

    If the answer is the latter, consider giving it to a family member or passing it down to a child or grandchild. This way, the item stays in the family, and you can still see it, just not necessarily in your own home.

    5. Getting rid of stuff

    Even when it comes to items that are non-sentimental, deciding what to hold on to and what to toss can be difficult and overwhelming. To help you with the process, there are a couple of questions you c an ask yourself as you evaluate each item.

    Have you used it in the past year? Do you see yourself using it in the future? Do you have space for it in your new home? Do you have duplicates of it? Is it in working order, or is it broken?

    Thoughtfully considering these questions will help you remain focused and make the hard decisions easier. I thought I did a pretty good job of this, but the fact is, I still let that “what if I need this some time in the future” thinking paralyze my decision-making process at times. Consequently, we still moved a lot of things we had to get rid of once we got here, which is both expensive and time consuming.

    6. Don’t do it all at once

    Under most circumstances, downsizing is a process and should be treated as such. You didn’t collect all your belongings in a week, so expect that it will take longer than a week to go through them.

    Giving yourself time is important so that you can keep your momentum going before you even get to your new house, and so that you can stay organized and do as much sorting and purging as is necessary.

    No Regrets

    Devise your plan and divide tasks over a period of time. Recruit help if need it. Others may not be able to help you decide what to keep and what to donate, but they can help you clean, wrap fragile items in bubble wrap, carry boxes from room to room, or prepare items for donation.

    If your move to downsize also involves a major lifestyle change, such as becoming an empty nester or retiring and moving into a much smaller home, considering your new lifestyle will help you make hard decisions.

    For example, if you don’t need more than one vehicle, you may want to consider selling one of your cars. Now that we are retired, we realize that we don’t need two cars. This saves you time, money, and a opens up a great deal of space in your garage.

    Consider just owning one car.

    As long as you give yourself plenty of time and get started early, remain focused and organized throughout, and are willing to get rid of everything that takes up too much space, the downsizing process can be surprisingly smooth and simple.

    Enjoy the journey!