Are you overwhelmed with the thought of moving?



When was the last time you moved? Was it 40, 50 or even 60 years ago? You probably have a lifetime of memories in your home, and with that comes a lifetime of belongings and items you have collected over the years.

Downsizing can feel emotionally and physically overwhelming. But careful planning and perspective can make it easier. Here are some ways you can make moving less stressful:

  • start early – when you make the decision to move, start downsizing right away
  • make a floor plan – figure out where all of your belongings will fit into your new space
  • work in one room at a time – start in rooms that are used the least
  • involve your family – invite your family to select items they want and encourage them to take them now
  • get rid of duplicates – you may only need one measuring cup
  • make yes or no piles only – maybe is just a postponed decision
  • reduce collections creatively – select only your favourites to bring with you
  • take photos of your home before you move – make a memory book of your home
  • don’t over-save for the next generation – they typically won’t want it and storage is not an option
  • give with no strings attached – don’t worry about where things are going, donate to your favourite charities
  • stop acquiring – avoid buying anything new prior to moving, except essentials
  • don’t move anything that doesn’t have a designated space in your new home – if it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t come
  • label your photographs – and everything else! so you can find it when you’re looking for it
  • purge your paperwork – a big job, but it needs to be done – be selective about which papers you keep