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Tips for Downsizing

A well-planned move can have a huge impact on your settling quickly and comfortably into your new life. If you have lived in your home for many years the thought of moving can be quite overwhelming. However, with these great tips you can start preparing now!

Make a date with yourself once a week for 2/3 hours. You are setting aside time for sorting through your home. Remember it has taken you many years to accumulate things; it is going to take you some time to let them go.

Pick a “magic” number and stick with it. If you do like to keep boxes for potential gifts limit your collection to four and don’t add anymore until you have used one up.

Have three sorting piles: 1/keep; 2/sell, donate and recycle; and 3/rubbish. Remove the donations and rubbish as soon as possible.

When sorting clothes take all of them out of the closet and put them on the bed. Hold the item up to yourself, if the colour gives you a lift and you feel good about it, keep it, if not let go.

Try each pair of shoes on to make sure they fit comfortably and you can still walk in them! Those high heels sitting in the back of the closet may be ready to be recycled.

Use birthdays and special holidays to give away some of the things you don’t use anymore.  One of those pretty teacups and saucers filled with Valentine chocolates might be a nice gift to a granddaughter; the whole collection is not.

Most importantly, take the time to say goodbye to the things that are not coming with you.