Managing your downsizing – or helping your parent(s) downsize – and a move can be complicated. Where adult children see a houseful of “stuff” and “junk” to sort and toss, parents see treasures, essentials, and a lifetime of memories. Holding onto possessions brings comfort, which is often overlooked by family members who just see items that are impeding progress. For adults over 60, only a spouse’s death and divorce are considered more stressful than moving. Here are several “expert-tested” ideas that can make downsizing less stressful.
Bonus Tip: Keep your eye on the end result. Try not to overthink the process of downsizing. Understand that you will need to make a few concessions and accept that you will not have space for all of your “treasures” in a smaller home. Make peace with your changes and remember that your goal is to enjoy your new surroundings.