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.