How to make downsizing work for you!

By: Betty Smith

If you’re tired of mowing that expansive lawn or find cobwebs have taken over unused rooms, it may be time to consider downsizing.

There are more options than ever for people who are pondering a move from big to small. From snazzy, uptown condominiums to a cozy suburban bungalow to townhouses on the lake, there are ample options for those who have a “less is more” outlook.

If you’re like most people, however, you’ve probably got a lot of stuff. So, what do you do?

Whatever the motivation for downsizing, if you do a little homework, you can pare down without too much pain. Downsizing can be good for the soul, clearing out clutter and creating room for new opportunity.

Start by deciding what you really need. Examine how you live your life and keep the items that you actually use, not those you want to be part of your life. You might think you will one day jump on that dust-covered treadmill and train for a marathon. But consider this: Maybe you’d be better off junking the machine and getting a good pair of running shoes?

And what about those novels you fancy you’ll read while sipping tea one night? It might be time to toss those, too. (If you’re digitally inclined, there are a ton of e-books to occupy your time that take up no room.)

Most of us keep items we intend to use but never do. If you can’t bring yourself to get rid of it, put it in storage for six months. If you haven’t used it by then, say goodbye. Be brutal with yourself. When you’re done you may reap a bonus: If you decide to sell some stuff, you’ll end up with extra cash!

To keep the “less-is-more” momentum going forward, organize as you unpack. You’ll start out using your space efficiently and hopefully set a precedent for the days ahead.

Getting rid of objects we’ve collected over time is hard. But the end result is worth the work: You won’t be burdened by clutter you don’t need, and you’ll be surrounded by objects you love and actually use.


Phyllis Brookshire (Senior Vice President)

blog courtesy of Allen Tate Realtors