Many of you have gone through or are currently experiencing trying to downsize your space or moving a family member to another home. Trying to figure out how you are going to fit five pieces of furniture into a space that will only hold two pieces of furniture is a huge challenge for you and your loved one.
The best advice I can give you is to be ruthless and only pick out and keep items that are valuable and precious to you. Maybe you and your spouse or family member went on a trip and came back with a beautiful piece of furniture or a painting or a decorative item. Those are the things that should be kept. Also, how many books do you really need to keep? Can they be donated or sold? And if books are your life, leave space in your new home for bookshelves for them.
Take one room and just go through things that are in the drawers and on the closet shelves. Pare the items down to half if possible and keep only those that have a happy memory and are in good shape or will definitely be used. Downsizing does not mean you have to get rid of all of your items, but you are keeping close to you what you need and what are truly cherished items that you received from a loved one.
I know this is a challenging and complicated process, but handling this with a plan, focus and time, you will get through this and you will feel much better and even feel lighter. You will think, “Why was I cluttering up my home and space with such unnecessary and unneeded items? I feel really good and should have done this a long time ago!”
With this process, always think back to do I love this item and does it bring me joy. If you or a family member are having trouble with this process, please contact me and we can talk about this. This is a long process, so start now and it will all work out in the end!