Spring Into Downsizing with these 6 Tips!

Congratulations on making the decision or contemplating one to downsize and free yourself of years of belongings that have become physical, mental and emotional clutter. Remember that maintenance -free living and less space equate to more time for the things you really want to do!

Relocating is a major life change. Menno Haven readily acknowledges the stress that a move can cause. Research shows that the amount of preparation, degree and type of support during this process greatly reduces stress.

So in other words-plan, plan, plan. Some tips for proper planning include the following.

Tip 1: Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Some of us have lived in our home for several years, or perhaps decades, so sorting and packing is not going to happen in a weekend. Give yourself several weeks or a month to thoughtfully accomplish this task. Implementing the “Divide and Conquer approach” is always a good idea to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Tip 2: Tackle One Room at a Time

Think about the rooms you will not be duplicating in your new home first. Perhaps it is time to let the formal dining room furniture or bulky office furniture go. Selling items through estate auctions, local papers, social media, yard sales and consignment shops are options. You can also donate items to charities.


Tip 3: Organize Backwards

A common strategy is to pick out things you don’t want and pack the rest.  Believe it or not, it is more efficient to work backwards!   Simply pack only the things you need and love and get rid of the rest. Do you need 4 spatulas? You can only use 1 at a time! Remember, keep only the things that bring you joy!  This process will bring you such a sense of freedom.

Don’t forget Menno Haven takes care of all exterior maintenance so no need for rakes, shovels, ladders, and your mower.

Tip 4:Yes or No

Either you love it or need it or you don’t, no “maybe”. Don’t pack something just because you might need it someday. If you haven’t used something in over a year, get rid of it.

Tip 5: Manage Collections

Pick one or two pieces and let the rest go.  A creative way to cherish your collections is to take photos of the collection and make a photo album for your coffee table.

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Tip 6: Ask for Help

Enlist family members and friends to help.  Make it a fun event like a pizza party. This is a great time to gift some items.  There are also Senior Move Managers that offer services to assist with downsizing, packing, arranging for the move and unpacking.

Not sure how to get started? Luckily, Menno Haven has a suggestion list of companies to help with your downsizing process. We also have our Menno Haven at Home services that can help you downsize, organize, and pack! Learn more about Menno Haven at Home here.

Proper planning makes downsizing manageable and helps you to focus on the next happy chapter; your active, secure, stress-free lifestyle in one of Pennsylvania’s top rated Continuing Care Retirement Communities.

Call us today to learn more about how downsizing is upgrading your life!