The Upside of Downsizing

Finding Peace of Mind in the Process

A fresh perspective and peace of mind are the rewards of downsizing your home and life, and it doesn't have to be stressful. Creating a plan and timeline that fits your schedule will keep stress levels low and the process moving forward. Working one room at a time, begin to inventory the house. Decide what to keep, throw out, donate or sell. Downsizing requires a serious purge and that's the part that's challenging for most people. "Remember that it’s just stuff. It’s often not the physical things that form the attachment, but rather the memory associated with the furniture, china or memento,” says Stacy.  Stacy Reno and Sharon Scarborough are downsizing experts and instructors at the FCC class, "Downsizing Simplified: Living Smaller and Loving it!" StacyandSharonStagedandSold.com

Tip #1:  Stacy advices using the acronym “OHIO” when sorting items, “Only Handle It Once!”  Pick up an item and quickly decide if it is something you want to keep, sell or donate. 

Tip #2: To clear out efficiently, Stacy says to email pictures of must-go items to family members and friends with a pick up deadline.

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