Q. I have always been very organized in my own life, but am having a hard time down-sizing now that I am older and know that it is time to do so! When my husband was alive we lived in a 5,000 sq. ft. home with our five children. Now that I am alone and a grandmother I find it hard to get rid of all my organized boxes and tubs full of household stuff which carries many memories. Do you have any suggestions for downsizing in retirement? I know I need to do it while I’m still able and strong, but keep procrastinating.
Thanks ahead of time, for any boost you can give me!
A. In my experience, the downsizing process rarely happens in a significant way unless you have an actual deadline to meet (such as a move) and a specific goal (such as reducing your belongings by 50% to accommodate a smaller home). But if you are determined to make progress in advance, it can be very effective to arrange to meet at least weekly with a friend or a paid helper who will work with you for several hours at a time & help you keep up your momentum, as well as assisting by taking away items to be donated or discarded. Scheduling a regular decluttering or downsizing session is a way of establishing a routine that will enable you to get in the habit of letting go of whatever you are ready to let go of. Good luck!