What All Seniors Should Know About Downsizing Before Moving

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If your future plans include moving into a smaller home, you probably want to consider downsizing now. Through the years, it’s all too easy to accumulate more stuff than you actually need. Getting started with downsizing is challenging, but going through the process makes it much easier to take the next step in your journey. 

Before You Downsize 

Where you live next will determine a lot of your downsizing choices. Even if it’s a long way off, it’s important to know ahead of time where you want to live, when you should move, and how you’ll pay for it. Here are a few resources to keep in mind.

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What to Keep and Throw

After you know how much room you have to work with in your new home, you can start deciding what you should keep and what you should get rid of. This is often a challenge, as many possessions are still useful or hold sentimental value.

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Help and Resources for Downsizing

Even if you know the basics of downsizing, it’s still hard to let go sometimes. There are numerous books and other resources for helping you through the process. 

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Downsizing is a daunting task, but it has numerous benefits. Not only will you feel less cluttered, but having fewer possessions also makes it less complicated to move when you take that step.