Downsizing – How to Eat an Elephant
Posted September 24th, 2015 by Moving Station

The process of moving is daunting and scary at any age. It can be especially difficult if you have thirty plus years of memories and house wares collected in your home. When faced with an overwhelming project, I like to ask myself the question, “How would you eat an elephant?” The answer: One bite at a time. This applies to downsizing as well. While the task of downsizing may seem like a giant elephant taking up space in your living room with no way around it, remember that you can tackle it one bite at a time.

To help get you started, here are a few tips to try:

-There is no time like the present! There will never be a perfect time to sit down and go through that junk drawer that you’ve been ignoring, so just go for it!

– One of my favorite practices is to set a timer for 20-30 minutes and designate one drawer or closet to focus on. Put on your favorite music or television program in the background, and work on that specific area for the allotted time. Once the timer goes off, then you’re done for the day. It may not seem like enough, but remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and every bit counts towards the end goal.

-Season to season, when you wear an item of clothing, put it back facing the opposite direction. When you get to the end of that season, you will know which pieces you regularly wear, and can sell or donate those that you don’t.

-As a rule of thumb, if you haven’t used it or worn in it in a year or longer, then there is no reason to keep it.

-Do you have multiples of an item? Think if you will really need several sets of measuring spoons in your next place. How often will you be baking or cooking? If the answer is not often, then odds are that you don’t need all of the sets you currently have.

-Get your family in on the fun! Do you have children, grandchildren, neighbors, friends, etc. that could use some of your extra items? Have them over to help you go through that closet or kitchen cabinet. This will help it feel more like a visit rather than a chore, and if you can send them home with some of your stuff, it’s a win-win!

Hopefully this gets you started in the right direction. We will add more tips and tricks for downsizing in the coming blogs. And, remember, the best way to eat that elephant, is just one bite at a time!

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