Before you Downsize

Anyone getting rid of over 1,ooo square feet can get a little stressed….even if it was your decision and choice to do so!  I began getting ready months in advance…..beginning with my attic.  16×12 and full of boxes and stuff I hadn’t looked at in years.  Took 3 months…..I put a shredder next to the kitchen table and did one box at a time.  Some were boxes of taxes we inherited that were my mother in laws……some were photos of relatives we didn’t know……I even found an autograph book from when I was in the fourth grade (I didn’t bother shredding that but did check for famous folks names…ha,ha).  Watching TV while shredding made it a lot easier…..our house wasn’t on the market (yet)….just the beginning stages of how to get ready to sell and move to a smaller place… a movie while you go thru each box…..make a box for each kid if you find things that they might want…….mail photos of long lost friends to them.  I got lots of calls from people who got their photos mailed…..lots of laughs and a few called to thank me as they didn’t have that picture of their husband (or wife) who isn’t around anymore and it made them feel good that someone cared enough to keep the photo for years and then send it to them………what is stuck in the attic might actually be something precious to someone else and a stamp or two makes their day.

Always take your time during the attic clean out……you want to remember what you threw out or donated or gave away so you aren’t looking for it after you move…..and find a special place to donate things that might be resold.  We picked the Salvation Army….they are helping one of our friends kids get recovered from alcohol….so giving to a place that is special to you makes getting rid of stuff a lot easier.

Hang in there…..deep breaths

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