Math: 1st Step in Downsizing

Downsizing math! At least 40% of your stuff needs someone else to love it.

One of the biggest barriers to making a downsizing move is math. Some numbers come in the form of finances, independent living communities are not inexpensive, but if those calculations work for you, then your biggest math problem will come in the form of square footage. The largest floor plans tend to be cottages, topping out at around 1,600 square feet. Apartments can be far smaller, starting at a cozy 500 square feet. According to the National Builders Association, the average US home is some 2,700 square feet.  

Using that 2,700 square foot average home for our example, someone downsizing would have between 1,100 and 2,200 square feet of things that won’t fit.  That is a lot of stuff. No wonder the decision to downsize gets put off! But fear not.

Some of those decisions will be easy. If you are considering a 2 bedroom floor plan, you may already know that at least 1 bedroom of your current 3 bedroom house won’t be making the move. Separate dining and formal living rooms are not typically found in independent living spaces, so all that furniture will likely need a new home too. 

How to Excavate a Mountain in 6 Steps

Are your busy days followed by busy nights? Does your house show it—in piles of mail, newspapers, cups, glasses and half-emptied shopping bags strewn across the counters and table tops? Maybe you are like me and have shoes here and there on the floor too? As long as it is a temporary state, it’s a normal part of living a full life.

If you are like our decluttering clients, however, the piles have become mini-mountains, overtaking the counters and tables and expanding over to the floors. Perhaps life took an unexpected turn and you didn’t get a weekend to whip the house back into shape before bringing in more mail, newspapers and shopping. And that turn was years ago. Did you build a mountain of stuff in the guest room, or the garage? Maybe Your Mountain is part of a range?

Finding the bottom of the floor or the top of the desk can feel like climbing Mt. Everest, but the mountain wasn’t built overnight and it won’t go away in a weekend. If you are ready to excavate Your Mountain, use these steps to reach the surfaces.

How Does a Senior Move Manager’s Mom Declutter?

AmVets’ Kareem picks up Mom’s big Christmas Tree, she prefers a tabletop one now.

My parent’s home hasn’t changed much in the thirty years since I last lived there. Couches have been replaced, the kitchen was updated. But still scattered throughout are knick-knacks lining the tops of furniture, clippings of newspaper articles being saved for “later” in piles here and there, paperwork saved for decades filling file cabinets and dresser drawers, and closets filled with enough extra towels to start a car washing business. I know that their house is not unusual, what is unusual is that at 82 years old, my mother is actually doing something about it.

7 Steps to Start Downsizing

Large woman and shoe
Are you one of the 42% of Baby Boomers who are thinking about downsizing their home? Are you doing a lot of “thinking,” because the actions required to downsize are so overwhelming and you don’t know where to start?

Houses aren’t just filled with our belongings, they are filled with our memories, treasured traditions, reliable routines and family folklore. How can a person move from “thinking” to “doing” the job of downsizing 3,000 sq ft of stuff to fit inside something half as big? Or less?!

I understand and have great compassion for your worries! My clients are often relieved to have found someone who will walk them through the downsizing process and provide a framework for the tasks. Allow me to suggest you start in the least emotional space.