Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Thinking about Downsizing?

In a program last evening, my friend Vickie Dellaquilla of Organization Rules, Inc., offered some great tips for people who are thinking about downsizing their homes, whether they are Baby Boomers or seniors.

Here are some of her great ideas:

Get someone to help right at the beginning. You will need it.

Give yourself the luxury of time. Don't try to do everything in a week!

Set aside time on your calendar for downshizing and keep those appointments with yourself. They are as important as anything else you are doing.

If moving, get a floor plan for your new place with measurements marked off so you will know ahead of time what kind of space you will have and what you can bring with you.

Start de-cluttering in rooms or spaces you don't use every day, like the basement, garage, attic or a spare bedroom. Having some positive reinforcement after making headway in these rooms will keep you motivated.

And lastly, there's no other way to do this then to go through everything you own. It may seem daunting but if you limit yourself at first to small areas (a dresser, a closet) and stay focused, you will get it all done.

Stop back for more tips and visit Vickie's website at

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