4 Expert Tips for Downsizing and Decluttering This Summer

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When most people think of summer, they think of beach vacations, picnics, hot weather and sunshine. It’s very rare that something like downsizing and decluttering comes to mind – however, downsizing and decluttering can help to make for the best summer yet! Why is this? Because it opens up a world of opportunity, possibilities and time to enjoy summer to the fullest.

“Although many people don’t realize it, downsizing during the summer is a great way to prepare for the future, sneak away from the afternoon heat and get one step closer to the lifestyle you’ve  been dreaming of,” says Ellen Ottstadt, Director of Resident Services at Kendal on Hudson, the only true Lifecare Community in Westchester County. “This helps you pave the way to an easier move, clear your days for more of what truly matters to you and, best of all, makes you realize you were wasting far too much time on a lifestyle full of worry, stress, maintenance and more. This is why many of the residents recommend starting as soon as possible – and now is the perfect time to start!”

Tips for Downsizing and Decluttering This Summer

Whether you are new to the idea of downsizing, are looking for inspiration to begin or think it’s time to take the next big step to enjoying a worry-free lifestyle, we can help. Consider some of our team’s best tips and tricks to help make downsizing a breeze!

  1. Go in with a plan. Before you begin downsizing, it’s a good idea to know where you’re going to start, what you need and where you want to be by the end of the day. Make a list, start small and keep only what you know you need. By taking these steps now, you will make it far easier to move and continue your downsizing journey afterward.

  2. Donate and sell what you don’t need. Instead of throwing perfectly good items away, consider selling them or donating them to those who may need them. This not only feels great and provides satisfaction knowing you are helping, but it can also give you a little extra money to put towards your new lifestyle, decor options and more. 

  3. Before getting rid of anything, think hard. It can help a lot of people to decide what they are throwing away by thinking about how easy it will be to replace it if you find you actually needed that item. This helps to save costly mistakes, ensures you can replace something if needed and that you aren’t making a rash decision. It can also help to consider your friends and family’s stage of life when throwing things out. Do you have more than one of almost everything in your kitchen? Are they in good condition? Maybe it can help out your granddaughter who is heading to school. Maybe you don’t need two televisions, but maybe it could be a fun addition to your family’s game room!

  4. Understand you won’t finish this all in one day. Downsizing takes time. It can be tempting to try to wake up early, buckle down and zoom through downsizing and decluttering, but when you do that it can cause you to throw away needed items, keep items you don’t need or want and tire you out much faster! Instead, take your time, have patience and enjoy the process. Asking for help is a good idea as well, as it can take stress off of you and make the experience more fun!

To learn more about downsizing, or to see how we can help you on your journey, contact the team at Kendal on Hudson. We would be happy to share more information and make today and every day more carefree! Contact us today at 914-922-1000.