6 Efficient Ways to Downsize and Destress

While downsizing your life for retirement can be exciting, it can also be stressful. Ultimately, you you’re working towards creating a simpler life for yourself, but if you’re preparing to sell a home or move out of a large family apartment you’ve lived in for what seems like a lifetime already, it can be overwhelming. It may seem challenging now, but in the long run, downsizing and decluttering will actually help you live a less stressful life.

Focus on the positive. Maybe you’ve lived in a home with a large yard you’ve had to care for. Downsizing and moving into a retirement community means no more mowing the lawn, raking leaves or shoveling. A smaller living space means less cleaning and maintenance. Doesn’t that sound glorious? After all these years, you deserve a break. While you may miss the house you made your home for many years, try to focus on all the great benefits that will come with the change.

Start small. Don’t try to tackle it all at once. Take deep breaths and start small. Pick the smallest room in your home to begin with or maybe one that’s not used as often. Starting mall will help you into your own groove of decluttering, and once you start feeling lighter, you’ll be motivated to move onto bigger areas.

Make it a family affair. If you’re looking for an an excuse to get to the kids and grandkids together, this is it! Get them involved in the process. Once you’ve gotten organized, invite them over for a day go through things and narrow down the clutter even more.

Furniture you don’t need, collectibles that are hard to part with, too many pictures to take with you? Pass on the memories to the next generation. They’ll appreciate, and you’ll feel better knowing that they are going to good use and being cherished. Don’t forget any childhood toys, drawings, etc. they’ve left behind. They can take those too or decide for themselves to trash them and take the pressure off you. Not only will getting them involved help you, but it creates a great bonding experience.

Donate and make a difference. Once your family has taken what they need and would like to have, consider donating the rest and giving back. It’s hard to let go, but by donating them to a good cause you’ll know that they’ve gone on to serve others as well as they’ve served you. There are a range of organizations and causes that need donations of clothing and home goods, and they pick up the items right at your doorstep. It couldn’t be any easier. It will feel good to to let go, donate and do good.

Earn a few extra bucks. It’s easier than ever to sell items online. There are so many sites and apps that make it easier than ever to find your items their new perfect home while making some money. If selling online is not your style, consider a local consignment shop.

Downsizing is a big life change, but there are so many exciting experiences that will come out of it. Take a deep breath and get ready to downsize, de-stress and begin living your simpler happily-ever-after.

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