Top Five ‘D’s That Make Downsizing A Breeze…

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Muskoka Real Estate Matters – By Maggie Tomlinson

As a professional Realtor and Accredited Senior Agent, I often deal with seniors who are considering a move and just not sure how or where to begin when it comes to downsizing. Though for many the downsizing process is a daunting one, it can actually be very refreshing and fun when you make a plan and take some time to follow through with it.

Here are the top 5 ‘D’s to help you make downsizing a breeze:

Decluttering – My best advice is to start the decluttering process as early as possible. Remember to start small – only tackle one room at a time and that way the entire process won’t seem quite so overwhelming.

Divide & Conquer – Sort items into 3 piles:

1) Yes – you definitely need these items where you are going. Some of this ‘Yes’ pile you can even start pre-packing to save some time as moving day approaches.

2) Maybe – if there is still going to be enough room for these items where you are going. Note: If you find that your ‘Maybe’ pile is getting too big, then you might need to resort these items again later in the process.

3) No – definitely won’t have room for or a need for these items – this ‘No’ pile can be dealt with in the following ways.

Discard – Keep it simple. Anything that is worn, or is beyond it’s useful life should be discarded.

Distribute – Family keepsakes can always be gifted to family members now instead of moving them and then gifting them at a later time.

Donate – Your unwanted items could be someone else’s treasures. Consider donating to your local Re-Store, Salvation Army, etc. Family can also help with yard sales for larger items. Local consignment stores and antique dealers are also great resources.

Happy Downsizing!


Maggie Tomlinson is a professional Real Estate Broker with Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage, serving her clients from the heart of Muskoka. Maggie has successfully been actively marketing and selling cottages, homes, vacant land and commercial properties for years.
If you have any questions about buying or selling, your answers are always just a phone call or email away.
705.644.9283[email protected]

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