The Method of the Move
by Mary Christenson
April 25th, 2010 Cedar Rapids Gazette
Christine Smart, of Designing Moves in Marion, is a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers. Here she provides 10 tips on how to downsize your possessions if you’re ready for smaller living quarters.
- Take pictures or videos of your home and heirlooms to share with family members after the move.
- Identify the move day, so you can plan how much help you will need and how fast you will have to work.
- Work through one room at a time to avoid feeling discouraged or overwhelmed. Start in a small room, such as a bathroom.
- For each room, sort items into three containers or bags; Keep, Throw and Donate.
- Identify items to go to family members and put their names on the items.
- For family heirlooms you plan to keep, write down the family story about it. If you don’t know it, reconsider whether the item is worth keeping.
- Schedule an auction, consignment or tag sale to get rid of items that are sell-able.
- Locate charities you want to support that are willing to take your items.
- Don’t underestimate the time to sort through your garage, basement, shed, etc.
- On moving day, always move some items yourself so they aren’t lost or broken; jewelry, financial papers, and valuable items.