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There are some pretty basic points on downsizing.
- The first thing you need to do is be prepared to let things go. I think this can be the hardest step for a lot of us. We love our stuff. We collected it for a reason. It has meaning. But, we also know that we can't keep all of it.
- Walk around your home and write down things you definitely want to get rid of. Make plans to decide what you will throw away, donate, or sell and then organize into three separate containers as you downsize.
- Work on one space at a time. Choose a closet, drawer, cabinet or corner. This is easier than trying to do an entire room in one sitting.
- Immediately throw away items bagged for the trash. I recommend taking the donation items right away to somewhere like Goodwill and putting the items you want to sell in the garage or basement if you have one. Out of sight means out of mind and you are less likely to pull them out and put them back in your house.
So Mom just called me up all excited. She cleaned out a corner that she has wanted to do for months. "Good job, Mom." "So what have you done," she asked. "Ummmm, I wrote a blog post about downsizing." "Doesn't count," she said. Moms are just so tough.