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Downsizing is No Drudgery

Downsizing is No Drudgery

Downsizing is No Drudgery

What comes to your mind when you think of downsizing? There’s no denying it can be a daunting task. To some people it is loss, menial labor, or an overwhelming task. When you mention the word “downsizing”, people may think about scads of their coworkers getting laid off, or their parents moving into a retirement villa. We live in a society where bigger is perceived of as better. A bigger diamond, bigger tv, bigger car, bigger office. On the flip side, you might see downsizing as a feeling of freedom, simplicity, and even joy.

In reality, downsizing isn’t depressing. It actually has been proven to increase happiness once the emotional ties to the past are broken. No matter how you feel about downsizing, it is something that almost everyone has to do sooner or later for themselves, their parents, relatives, or friends.

Take Downsizing to a New Level

Some downsizing tips to help you move past your fears and reach the next level are outlined below. I believe that downsizing is an art and what works best for you might not be what works for someone else. Also, the amount of downsizing you need to do will depend on how much you start with and whether you are staying in your home or moving to a smaller location.

One way to look at downsizing is by category such as clothing, dishes, cookware, furniture, books, knickknacks, tools, pictures, linens, etc. Assess your needs and take a good look at what you really use, wear, read and want to keep. Some people want to keep it all. This is not downsizing. Some people, get fed up and want to get rid of almost everything. These are two extremes and your goal should be somewhere in the middle.