Help in downsizing options

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My health and age are becoming a factor. I need to clean out and donate. I understand small steps, make goals, etc. it all seems daunting.
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  • Brenda Brenda on Jun 10, 2017
    Don't stress! Think of it as detoxifying your life. 😊 Have two bags ready, one for keeping, and one for donating. Start in one room at the corner and work outwards. once you get going you won't want to stop! What I have done in the past is to call a local donation center that picks up and I set up a date ASAP. That way I have a deadline. Good luck!!
  • Bre24546540 Bre24546540 on Jun 10, 2017
    clean out one corner of one room and you will find yourself going from there. It's that first step that is the hardest.
  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jun 10, 2017
    Do you have family who can help? That can make it more fun. One of the things I'm doing while cleaning out is looking for items that I want to pass on to my kid/grandkids. I've been putting a note on some items so they know where it originally came from - my mother, my grandmother, etc. For other items I am making a list to divide other things that I am still using. Hope that helps a little.
    • Catherine.johnson Catherine.johnson on Jun 10, 2017
      All family lives in another state, have no kids but have lots of friends. Can't ask them. I do have a will but labeling sound good. Thanks.
  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown Holly Kinchlea-Brown on Jun 10, 2017
    I recently moved my parents to an apartment half the size of their old home and can certainly understand that you may be feeling overwhelmed! Try to pick one room (preferably the smallest) to start with. Look at what you have, what are you still 'in love' with or still use, ...keep that- everything else donate or give away. If you have something that you haven't used in a year or more, this too can find a new home. If a piece is broken or ripped or just plain old and tired, you no longer need to keep it. Try to think of how your lifestyle has changed and/or will change and keep only those items that will support that lifestyle.
  • Donna Wirtz Carter Donna Wirtz Carter on Jun 10, 2017
    Start with one room and clean out something each day--a drawer or a cabinet, etc. Eliminate duplicates.
  • Judy Judy on Jun 10, 2017
    DIFFICULT!!! WE KNOW. WE ARE STILL IN THIS PROCESS. REMEMBER, SOMEONE ELSE, CAN USE THIS, AND THEY ARE WAITING FOR THIS, OK?OR GIVE TO A FRIEND, OR LOVED ONE. SOME PLACES WILL GIVE YOU A TAX PAPER TO CLAIM IN THE NEXT TAX EVAULUATION.
  • Judy Judy on Jun 10, 2017
    You are very welcome, have a super day!!! J.
  • Imp22013828 Imp22013828 on Jun 10, 2017
    Boxes or bins if you have them. Think of it has making gift baskets or packages. And as the other comments go throw away torn or damaged or broken things first. Set out 1 box and label for each friend. Then add item you feel that would be appreciated.
  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Aug 28, 2021

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