How to Let It Go – Emotions of Downsizing 

The closer you get to downsizing, the more you will begin to experience uncertainty. Your emotions may try to persuade your decision. Don’t be intimidated by the emotions of downsizing! Let it go! This is a good opportunity to get excited about your new lifestyle.

Answer these questions before you begin downsizing.

What is your reason or passion for downsizing?

Remember that you’re downsizing for a reason – you have a brand new and exciting lifestyle on the horizon. Think of all the places you’ve always wanted to see? How great it will feel to actually check it off your bucket list! Take a look at some photos of these places online and in magazines to remind yourself of your why.

You may be getting a little older and your tired of all the upkeep, lets face it, that uphill battle is daunting. Take the stress out of life, look over your items and get rid of the worthless ones. Stop worrying about stuff, and focus on your new adventures to come.

Think hard about your why, this will be a big factor in getting you to move forward.

What is your emotional investment to your items?

Don’t let your emotions ware you down. Listen, you don’t have to sell your favorite piece of furniture that your grandparents had, keep it. Do you really need to keep the 20 items from her house?Wouldn’t it be great to share some of those items with your family? Let them hold on to some great memories & traditions.

Think about each of the items you are questioning – is there anyone who would appreciate them? It could be an amazing gift. Ask friends or family members what they think – a second opinion may help you make your decision.

Having difficulty leaving the family home?

time to enjoy like It’s never easy leaving a place where you’ve grown your family, but if the kids are all grown up and you’re an empty nester, do you really need such a large space? Downsizing will give you a chance for greater flexibility with fewer financial and home maintenance responsibilities. With your financial savings, you can take your family on a vacation that they will remember for a lifetime.

Face it, your kids don’t want your stuff. Give yourself some time to sort through your possessions, and consider that maybe you’re the only one who cherishes those family heirlooms that have been boxed away for years. Create a thumb drive for each of your kids with photos of items you think will create fond memories for them.

Wherever you are in the process, I am here to help you reach your goals from start to finish. You don’t have to conquer this overwhelming task alone. Feel free to contact me at any time with questions, we welcome it.

Posted on April 13, 2020 at 8:06 PM
Julie Duncan | Posted in Downsizing | Tagged , ,

The Start of a New Life: How to Make Downsizing Go Smoothly

If you’re feeling stressed but can’t figure out why, take a look around your home. A cluttered home is a leading cause of stress for many people, but its effects are subtle. The cause of your uneasiness lies all around you, but many people simply overlook it. Downsizing, whether due to a move or to regain control of your living space, can have a powerfully transformative effect on your life. Here are some pitfalls to watch for once you’ve committed to downsizing.

Go Easy on the Supplies

Getting organized is self-empowering, and it’s one of the great benefits of downsizing. It puts you in control of your environment, but go easy when you start purchasing storage containers and boxes. You could end up defeating the purpose of downsizing by filling your storage space with bulky plastic containers and stuff you should probably get rid of. So, take stock of your belongings and get a feel for what you’re keeping before you start buying containers. Do some research online to help you find the right supplies at the right price.

Have a Good Labeling System

Be sure to stock up on labels. There’s nothing quite as frustrating as moving heavy boxes around trying to find something you’ve lost track of. Make a full list of contents on the outside of each container to save you some time down the road. Label each container as you pack them; that way, you’ll know exactly where everything is when you need it. Fortunately, buying labels won’t break the bank — you can find a pack of 80 labels for $9.11 at Amazon.

Be Proactive

Decluttering is a task that’s tempting to put off as long as possible. However, this process is indispensable if you’re serious about it, especially if you’re moving into a smaller space. Give yourself at least a full month to go through everything so you don’t have to rush. Don’t wait too long — you’ll want to take your time and make deliberate, well-thought-out decisions.


It always feels good to get rid of stuff you no longer need or want, but resist the temptation to chuck your cast-off belongings straight into the dumpster. Instead of sending it to the landfill, look for charities or local organizations that could use your old stuff to help people in need. Homeless shelters and orphanages can always use extra clothing, shoes, toys, coats, and many other useful items. You’ll gain the satisfaction of helping those who are less fortunate while benefiting from the tax deductions you’ll earn. If you’d like to earn a few dollars, consider selling some of your belongings on eBay, take them to a second-hand shop, or have a yard sale. For anything you can’t sell, donate, or recycle, you may need to call on a junk removal service, which will typically run you between $194 and $500 in Lexington.

If downsizing seems like an act of finality and resignation, you’re not seriously considering its many benefits. It can be liberating, the beginning of a new life full of opportunities. Think of it as a chance to unburden yourself financially, to meet new people, to travel, and do things you’ve always wanted to try. It’s your opportunity to live a simpler life.

Guest contributor:   Shirley Martin

Image courtesy of Pixabay

Posted on March 6, 2020 at 3:37 PM
Julie Duncan | Posted in Downsizing |

Is It Time To Downsize?

Ahem, empty nesters.

Cottage with Colonial Williamsburg Style

Downsizing is bittersweet. Moving out of a home filled with decades’ worth of memories can be a difficult decision. But downsizing is a practical option for many empty nesters. Put the sentiments aside for a minute, and evaluate how your home is meeting your current needs. Does your voice echo from one end of the house to another? Are you hustling to keep up with chores like cleaning and yardwork? Is your retirement fund going toward bills instead of fun experiences like travel? A number of financial, physical, and emotional factors can play into a homeowner’s decision to cut back on square footage. Here are five signs it’s time to consider downsizing.

1. You’ve retired.

Most retirees spend less time at home and more time traveling, so downsizing to a smaller home is a cost-efficient solution. Use money saved on lower utility bills to visit family and friends. Also, what’s not to love about tiny cottages?

2. Overwhelmed with upkeep.

Owners can feel tethered to high-maintenance homes. Something always needs repairing,? Grass is overgrown shortly after it’s cut? Basic chores consume entire weekends? Having a smaller house and yard can simplify your live, freeing up time and resources for things you actually enjoy doing.

3. You’re an empty nester.

Are a few rooms still sitting vacant after the kids moved out? Too much empty space can feel cavernous and lonely, and most unused rooms inevitably turn into dust-collecting storage units. Maximize square footage and minimize cost of living in a smaller house. (These 18 house plans under 1,800 square feet are ideal for downsizing.)

4. You’re having trouble moving around the house.

If going up and down stairs is becoming too difficult, moving into a one-story house can be a safer, stress-free option.

5. The property value of your home has risen.

If the real-estate market in your neighborhood is booming, consider selling. You could make money by downsizing.

Posted on January 23, 2020 at 5:02 PM
Julie Duncan | Posted in Downsizing |