Friday, July 3, 2009

downsizing challenges

I have a lot of clients who are downsizing from a house to a condo…or just to a smaller house. This can be a huge challenge even before you throw clutter into the mix!

An adult child of one of my clients had a wonderful idea that I share below:

When you're downsizing from a house to a condo, have each one of your grown children come one at time and let them put his or her name down as a possible owner for the dining room table, armoire or bookcase (whatever you won't take in the move) in exchange for helping you de clutter.

We did this in my mom’s house and once we cleared the clutter my mom picked the things to move to her condo. Then, whatever was left over was ours.

It was like Christmas as mom decided who got the rest of the items among us!

This is a great way to clear the clutter in your home…even if you aren’t downsizing. You will know that your possessions are getting a loving home with one of your relatives/friends and you will get a little more space. Just make sure your relatives/friends actually want what you are giving them!!

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