Downsizing...Now What?

Except from the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) Newsletter. www.organizersincanada.com

Are you ready to downsize? Know someone who is? A well organized move can make the difference between chaos or a peaceful transition.

There are ways to plan for a stress-free move. Follow our
Downsizing Checklist to start on the right path:

1. Start the discussion early: For some, the decision to move may not be a welcome idea. Plant the seed early to start discussing the benefits of downsizing.

2. Determine what isn't moving: Next is the time to do some space planning and decide what you don't want to move. Decisions can be made to sort into the following categories: 

  • Pass to family/friends
  • Sell
  • Donate
  • Recycle
  • Waste

3. Contact a Realtor: Ask for referrals, find someone you enjoy working with!

4. Declutter and stage: Time to get the house ready for sale. Consider decluttering and staging if your home needs an update.

5. Book moving company: Make plans for truck rental, moving assistance, or hire a moving company.

6. Packing: Purchase packing supplies, enlist the help of family and friends, or hire a Professional Organizer to get the job done quickly.

7. Update address: Be sure to notify utility companies, services and personal contacts.

8. Moving day: Assign one person to be in charge of all questions of what is going where.

9. Unpacking: Make the transition as smooth as possible by unpacking right away.


If you are stuck or require assistance anywhere along the way, call a Professional Organizer - we are here to help!

Happy Organizing!