Downsizing: Tips When There is Time and When There Isn’t

By Eunice K. Neubauer, CSA

Learning to Downsize Senior Living Twin Cities MNLately I’ve been asked for advice on downsizing. The situation has varied, a relative out of state, a parent with memory loss. Downsizing is a dauntless task whatever the situation given the work and the emotion involved in the process.

When you Have Time on Your Side

When you have years or many months to start the downsizing process here are some tips to tackle the job:

  • Things with emotional value; start to give away at birthdays, holidays, or have a party to depart of special things you want to give away. You often know who you want to give an heirloom to but other times you may want to ask who would like it.
  • If you have a lot of pictures consider using www.shutterfly.com to scan and upload photos to store online or put in a smaller book. This month I took all the old videos of my children growing up and am having them put on DVD. Typically there is a volume discount if you have many. Suggest this as a birthday gift if funds are limited.
  • Books can be donated to Green Books Mn go to https://www.facebook.com/greenbooksmn for more information
  • Consider hiring a professional organizer to help you put together a plan. A good source is the National Association of Professional Organizers www.napo.net.
  • Each month, focus on a different room or area in the house. Much can be donated to local charities or taken to thrift shops or sold on Craig’s List. Another way to lessen what’s in the landfill is to post items on TwinCitiesFreeMarket.org.

When you Need to Downsize Quickly

When downsizing needs to be done in a hurry, the first call to make is to a move manager. Even if funds are limited, their expertise offered via phone or in a free consultation to get a quote for their services will be worth the time invested. To find a move manager whether locally or anyplace in the United States go to www.nasmm.org

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