Five Tips For Downsizing To A Smaller Home

When people think empty nest, they either dread the thought or they can't wait. They think about having a quiet house and maybe some time to travel. Others dread the quiet without their children in and out all of the time. Many people start to think about downsizing to a smaller home when their children move out. However, that can feel very overwhelming with a house full of treasures.

Here are some tips to make downsizing a little easier.

•   Start early. Start as soon as possible to make the process go smoother. If you wait until right before you move, you will quickly get overwhelmed and end up just throwing a lot of things away.

•   Work at it slowly.Take a few minutes every day instead of trying to do it all at once. Maybe you would feel better to do a room at a time. Take a drawer at a time. Find a way that works for you and stick to it. Just start making progress and keep working at it slowly until you get through it.

•   Figure out what you really can’t get rid of.It is hard to realize that you can’t take everything with you. Make a list of things that you have to take, like photo albums and other sentimental albums.

•   Get help.Downsizing can be very hard so sometimes it helps to have someone else to help. You might be deciding whether or not to keep something when another person might tell you that you don’t really need it.

•   Think about where you are going. When you are downsizing, you are not going to have room to take everything. You will have to get rid of some of your furniture, clothing, and other things. You will have to downsize in your kitchen and bathroom. But who really needs that many toiletries and kitchen utensils?


When your children leave, you might be excited to have a quiet house or you might be dreading the day. You might also be considering downsizing. However, it can be challenging so you should start to think about it now, before you even start looking. What don’t you use? What won’t you ever get rid of? Take a few minutes every day to go through a room or drawer and in a few months, you will notice a difference.

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