How do I de-clutter & downsize all my “collections”?

How do I de-clutter & downsize all my “collections”?

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they need to take a look around and ask, “Do I really need all this stuff?” And for my senior friends who have been in the same house for 30 years, it’s time to look around and ask “Why do I need such an extensive cakepan collection (or screwdriver collection for the guys)!  As I watch my parents try to downsize a house they’ve lived in for 30+ years, I’m learning a thing or two.

  1. The first thing to do is organize everything into 3 categories: Keep, Donate, and Trash. Don’t spend too much time wondering if your granddaughter wants a figurine your Aunt Betty had in the ’40s. Just put it in one of the 3 groups and then ask your family (later) to make sure everything is in an appropriate group. If they want something, ask them to speak up!
  2. Don’t play around with this one- focus on the “donate” and “trash” categories. If you haven’t touched it in a year or more, why do you still have it? Trust me; you will not ever need that 70’s Hawaiian print shirt ever again. Get rid of it! And your kids don’t want the “heirloom punchbowls!”
  3. Yes, selling the house and moving is very important and might even be necessary at some point. Start the conversation early with a real estate expert that you know and trust.

At Danbury Senior Living, we know that downsizing and moving can be a difficult and emotional experience. Since 1997 we have helped thousands of seniors and their families downsize and make the move to more appropriate surroundings. Give me a call today to learn how we can help!

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