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Tips For Downsizing

10. START EARLY. END HAPPY!

It’s never too early to begin the downsizing
process. Begin by focusing on typical problem
areas such as the attic, basement, garage, closets,
file cabinets.

9. GET GENEROUS

Since you can’t take everything you own to your
new home, now is the time to make arrangements
to “give” some of your treasures to special people in
your life including, and especially family, helpful
neighbors, friends, favorite organizations, or a
church/synagogue.

8. SAVE YOUR MEMORIES

You may have boxes of old photos from every holiday,
vacation and birthday party attended.What
do you do with them? Consider the following
ways to preserve family photos and stories: a customized
process of audio and video recordings
called Life-Storying. Copy your special photos on
to CDs, or try your hand at scrap-booking. ?ere
are also services that will take all your photos,
slides, and videos and do it for you.

7. NEW LOOKS FOR BOOKS

If you own large quantities of books, you need to
spend time downsizing your collections. Books
take up lots of space and are heavy to move.
Consider donations to libraries or senior centers,
or sales to used bookstores. Call on a book dealer
for older books with potential value.

6. USE IT UP... DON’T MOVE IT OUT

Take an inventory of your canned goods, frozen
foods, and paper products. Plan to use as many of
these products as you can before moving. If you
simply have too many of these items, think about
passing them on to a local food pantry.

5. RECYCLE THE TOXINS

Take time to put together a box or two of household,
yard, and automotive cleaning products, as
well as paint, that are considered hazardous. Visit
Earth911.org for more information on hazardous
collection in your area.

4. DON’T LOSE TOUCH

Create a list of people, places, and utilities/services
that need to be notified of your upcoming change
in address.

3. FLOOR PLAN AHEAD

With a floor plan of your new place, cut out furniture
templates to determine the pieces of furniture
that will fit in your new home, and the best location
of each. Knowing which pieces will fit in your
new space will keep you from moving too much
furniture.

2. PACK A SURVIVAL BAG

Put together a survival bag for move day. It might
include personal needs (medications, eyeglasses,
toiletries, change of clothes, important papers,
etc); kitchen needs (snacks, drinks, folding chair,
disposable cups/plates);basic tools (hammer,
screwdriver, flashlight, tape, etc.); cleaning supplies
(sponge, roll of paper towels, soap, etc.); and payment
for mover – be sure you know which form of
payment they prefer.

1. ASK FOR HELP!

Don’t be too proud or independent-minded to ask
for help. Moving is not easy and you shouldn’t do
it all yourself. But don’t wait until the last minute
to ask for help. Some of these downsizing steps
take time to accomplish. Remember your goal is
to move into your new home happy, healthy, and
ready to enjoy you new lifestyle!
Source: Janice Landry, Transitions, Reading, MA
www.chooseTransitions.com
Ten tips to downsize and ‘de-stress’ your move!
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