THE SILVER LINING CHRONICLES - DOWNSIZING AND HOW TO PREPARE FOR IT

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THE SILVER LINING CHRONICLES - DOWNSIZING AND HOW TO PREPARE FOR IT

Selling the family home can be a bittersweet endeavor. Sure, you're excited about moving forward with the next stage of your life, but letting go of a lifetime's worth of personal belongings in order to move to a smaller space can leave you feeling confused, at best, and paralyzed by indecision, at worst.

It's not so easy to pare down to just the essentials. Our souvenirs occupy a big place in our heart. We count on them to help us remember and, sometimes, we fear that letting go of our possessions, will mean that, pretty soon, our memories will cease to exist altogether.  Jill Sackler

My experience with helping folks go through this very challenging and emotional process has shown me that a successful transition will result from adhering to a very structured plan. Organization is key to a positive downsizing experience. Decluttering the home is the immediate goal.  Jill Sackler

Begin Sorting.

  • Use Post-its to assign furniture, art, knick knacks, etc. to family members and good friends
  • Identify what you may want to sell on Ebay/Auction or
  • Plan for a tag/estate sale
  • Earmark donations to charity*
  • Rent storage (if necessary)
  • Shred sensitive documents
  • Coordinate a dumpster for all remaining trash
  • Call in a painting and spackling contractor
  • Arrange for a cleaning service; leave premises broom clean as per contract.
  • Shutdown utilities.

Optional: 

  • Pet arrangements i.e., board your pet for a day or two before and after moving day to minimize change in behavior due to a strange environment and unusual routines.
  • Shipment arrangements if moving out of the country.

 

*Well-known charities with local numbers:

  1. Big Brothers                              631.234.0000
  2. Salvation Army                          800.728.7825
  3. Vietnam Vets                            631.582.0242
  4. Chabad JCC, Queens, NY          718.441.2470 x 1 
  5. Society of St. Vincent DePaul    631.858.0380,  631.385.1226

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
681,500
Ron Marshall
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire
Marshall Enterprises

I really enjoy this series, Jill.  And, your checklist is perfect.  There are only so many things that one would take on a move across town or across the country.  Donate the extras to a charity that can use them!

July 06, 2012 01:28 PM
Rainmaker
474,364
Cindy Westfall
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon
Hi Jill, like Chris said, this is not only a great list for those downsizing, but for anyone thinking of moving. It's amazing how we can accumulate so much "stuff". For those downsizing, it's even more imperative to go through everything as the new home will not have the space for it.
July 07, 2012 01:54 PM
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704,266
Debb Janes
REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
The Carl Group, LLC

Hi Jill, this is an excellent list - I have concur with others getting rid of clutter is a good idea throughout our lives - it always makes me feel good to get rid of things we don't use on a regular basis. Ah, maybe I'll go through my closet today and get rid of the clothes I don't wear often. :)

July 08, 2012 07:24 AM
Rainmaker
1,003,479
Sheila Anderson
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
Referral Group Incorporated

Hello Jill. It is a big deal to do this when it's not business or personal. My current home is now de-cluttered and believe it, I like it. My new place is a great deal smaller and I am aasking people to come and check out my things that will not make the move. Living simply is the answer but for me it is now about cutting things back and trying to remove the emotion from it. I'm working on it.

July 08, 2012 07:42 AM
Rainmaker
1,438,472
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c)
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists
Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803

Jill, Larry and I deal with many boomer's and downsizing certainly isn't easy. No matter who is moving, it can be a stressful experience, but your checklist provides a good guideline. Plus, adding those phone numbers for donations is a big plus!

July 08, 2012 07:47 AM
Rainmaker
510,754
Jill Sackler
Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!"

Thanks, Chris. I suppose they can.

Hi Steve - Oh, if it were only that easy...

Belinda - It's so hard. Everytime I've done it, I've sworn, "never again" and then a few years go by, and I forget (almost like giving birth.)

Ron - Thanks so much. It's just amazing how little we really need to get by. So many things we're positive we could never do without, but then, if we leave them in storage for a year or two and never once take them out, we realize how silly it is to keep paying each month.

Cindy - I know but, ironically enough, possessions take on an even stronger meaning for those ready to downsize. We're literally holding on for dear life.

Debb - I'm with you. I may very well have the opposite problem. I can't wait to throw things away. On occasion, I realized I really should have kept them as I still needed them.

Sheila - Good luck with everything moving forward - your sale, your purchase, a simpler life style. It's all good.

Thanks, Sheila - Stressful it is. I'm not sure there's any way around it but starting at least 3 months early and doing it methodically, step by step, is the answer.

July 08, 2012 11:15 AM
Rainmaker
584,359
Don Sabinske
Sabinske & Associates Inc.
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc.

Getting all the possessions sorted and to the right place is 90 percent of the battle, I think.  Well done, Jill.

July 08, 2012 12:27 PM
Rainmaker
773,007
Mike Cooper
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc

Excellent advice, Jill.  I am already thinking in those terms.  I'm more than ready to scale back, but I use too much of the stuff that's taking up the space.  That's a challenge.  I know, I get rid of my wife's junk.  Then I'll have more room for my stuff.  8=)  I will keep your suggests handy just in case my plan doesn't pan out.  

July 08, 2012 05:47 PM
Rainmaker
646,835
Evelyn Kennedy
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California

Jill:

I am trying to posts about seniors and the services and problems they encounter.  This is very good advice for seniors.

July 08, 2012 06:58 PM
Rainmaker
331,338
John Juarez
CDPE, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN
Prudential California Realty

Good advice, Jill.

I have a widow client who has been talking about selling for a couple of years. She has her eye on a larger home closer to her kids. She is at a stage in her life where a larger home does not make sense. I think that she simply cannot bear parting with so much of her personal property that would have to be eliminated if she moved into a smaller home.

July 08, 2012 07:53 PM
Rainmaker
562,862
Michelle Cooks
Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services

Very informative and congratulations on your feature although useful to all seniors will surely benefit as well.

July 08, 2012 09:38 PM
Rainer
143,279
Andrew Capelli
Fidelity National Title

Jill: Great article!  I agree with some of the comments in that I think de-cluttering is something that should be done periodically, not just in anticipation of moving.  If unused items are cleared out from time to time, too, then it (hopefully) won't be so heartwrenching when moving becomes a necessity.  Thanks for sharing!  :)

July 09, 2012 08:26 AM
Rainmaker
474,364
Cindy Westfall
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon

Hi Jill, Watching my MIL go through this years ago, you're right, it IS like holding on for dear life. Came back to say congrats on the well deserved feature!

July 09, 2012 08:36 AM
Rainmaker
682,333
Steve and Jan Bachman
Realtors - Northern Virginia
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax

Why can't I just leave and let my kids take care of the rest? Yes...I think that is what I'll do. They owe me big time anyway.

July 10, 2012 05:14 AM
Rainmaker
510,754
Jill Sackler
Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!"

Don - It's helpful to take a really big task and break it down into smaller pieces. With each goal you accomplish, your confidence grows and you feel good that you can see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Mike - Now there's a plan. It's always smart to have a plan B in case your wife sees things differently.

Evelyn - That's great. I think we just have to be sensitive to the fact that things seem harder and take longer at an advanced age.

John - That may very well be it. In time, she'll probably understand this by herself. Being close to her kids will make up for any space she ends up losing.

Hi Charles - thank you very much.

Andrew - So true, but some people have a really hard time with that.

Cindy - thanks so much. It's always a happy surprise when that happens.

Steve - They certainly do owe you big time. From my recollection of previous posts, you were an awesome father. Run it by them and see what they think.

July 10, 2012 06:35 AM
Rainmaker
404,880
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty

Jill, I know I've said it before, but your SILVER LINING CHRONICLES and their content do make for informative reading and should be made up in a book!

July 11, 2012 03:55 PM
Rainmaker
510,754
Jill Sackler
Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!"

That's so nice, Ellen. Maybe someday. I'll have to look into how to do it.

July 11, 2012 07:39 PM
Ambassador
1,656,768
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
Broker/ Owner HomeRome Realty-Author "Real Estate the Rome Way" 410-530-2400

Jill, What a timely message for anyone thinking of moving. No Steve #17 that is my plan.

Margaret

July 11, 2012 08:31 PM
Rainmaker
479,129
Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor
Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824
Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL

Jill,  What a good list this is and how very useful it will be to some folks.   The process of moving after so many years can seem monumental, but you've broken it down into detailed steps.  Nice job!

July 12, 2012 06:08 PM
Rainmaker
510,754
Jill Sackler
Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!"

Hi Elyse - thanks so much. Monumental is certainly the right word.

July 13, 2012 06:41 AM
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