Downsize with less Stress- The decision to downsize from a larger home to a smaller one, or move to a senior community is not easy. It’s usually done after a lot of thought about what’s important to you. Perhaps you don’t want or need a big home anymore, or the upkeep. Maybe you want a simpler life, or want a lock and leave lifestyle so that you can travel more. Hi, I’m Rich Barnes, owner-broker of Realty Experts in West Allis, Wisconsin, and the benefits of downsizing include being able to move closer to family and do the things you want to do. Maintenance probably will be much less of an issue in a smaller home, and you could also use the money from the sale of your house to pay off debts and/or to further fund your retirement. There’s a lot of work to be done in the move, as you probably won’t be able to take all the things you’ve accumulated over the years, but there are things that you can do to make downsizing go smoothly. Experts advise homeowners to divide their things up into four groups, things you want to keep and things you want to sell, donate, or throw away. Look over everything you have, including what’s in your house, your garage, storage space, et cetera. When’s the last time you used it? Do you still need it? Will it fit into your new residence? Decide what you want to take with you on the move, and the things you don’t plan to take with you. One of the toughest things about downsizing is that you may have to get rid of some things that have emotional significance. If you have adult children, ask them if they want any of the things that you don’t plan to keep. Do you have something that maybe you’d like to sell? How do you wanna do that? Do you want to have a garage sale or maybe use eBay, Craigslist, or Nextdoor? You could also try to sell some things through a consignment shop. If you really want to sell things, price them right so they get them to move. Goodwill, Salvation Army, or St. Vincent de Paul are a few organizations that can use donations when you downsize and have items that you don’t want. If you have many things that you don’t plan to keep and you want to throw them to the curb side, check with local ordinances before you do that to avoid a fine. If you have a lot of throw away, you might think about renting a dumpster or going to the dump. If 2020 is your year to downsize, and you have any questions, feel free to reach out. I’m here to help, and believe me, I’ve been in your shoes. Thanks, and you have a great day.