"Down-sizing", or going from a big space to a smaller one and the overwhelming decisions that are part of the process, is the topic of many organizing articles.
"I could NEVER do that!"
"What do they do with all their stuff?"
"What do they DO?"
"Where are their things?"
"What if they need something they got rid of?"
I hear questions like these every time the subject of down-sizing comes up in conversation or a workshop, and I see the panicked looks on the faces of those who doubt the comfort of the answers.
Right-Size For You
I'm a proponent of "right-sizing" - about making our homes fit our lives at the stages we are in while still anticipating what we will need in the future. This is a hot topic for those recently retired, as well as baby boomers cruising into their golden years.
Right-sizing can be less overwhelming than downsizing, even when anticipating a potential move to a smaller space. It's about asking purposeful questions about the things in our lives right now:
Do we need them?
Do we use them?
Do we love them?
Where, if at all, will these items fit into our lives in the future?
I shared some right sizing tips with Debbie Drinkard Grovum, a Retirement Coach, in her post, "Too Much Stuff" on the RetireUSA Blog. Check back here next week for tips on deciding what to keep, and who gets our treasures after we are gone.
How about you? Are you retiring soon and wondering how to pare down accumulations from a lifetime career? Have you already retired and let go of things? Please share a comment below!
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