Here are 10 Tips to Help You Downsize After Divorce
Getting a divorce is never easy, and it often requires significant changes in your life. One of these changes may include downsizing your living space and belongings. If you're in the process of downsizing after divorce, here are ten tips to help you make the transition a bit smoother:
Take inventory of your possessions: Before you begin downsizing, take an inventory of all your possessions. This will help you determine what items you can keep, sell, donate, or give away. As you make your list you can begin to sort possessions into categories.
Set realistic goals: Downsizing can be overwhelming, so set realistic goals for yourself. Start by tackling one room at a time and give yourself enough time to be able to take breaks as you go. Don’t expect to complete a project of this size in one afternoon.
Consider your new space: When downsizing, consider your new living space. Make sure that the items you keep will fit in your new home. Be sure to measure larger pieces of furniture before moving to be sure they fit in the new space. If you have less bedrooms or bathrooms in the new space, you know you will need to get rid of duplicate items no longer needed.
Decide what to do with sentimental items: Sentimental items can be difficult to part with. Consider keeping a few special items that hold the most meaning to you and your family. If the items are on the larger side, see if a relative would like to hold onto the family heirloom. Take photos of any sentimental items you are giving away so you can remember them.
Sell items online: Websites such as Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and eBay are great platforms to sell items that are no longer needed. Be sure to price items accordingly to increase the chance they sell.
Donate items to charity: Consider donating items to a local charity or thrift store. This is a great way to give back to your community and declutter at the same time. Many donation centers also offer a receipt that is tax deductible.
Hire a professional organizer: If the downsizing process seems overwhelming, consider hiring a professional organizer. They can help you prioritize and organize your belongings. For more info on professional organizing, check out our services here.
Use storage solutions: Utilize storage solutions such as under-bed storage containers, hanging organizers, and shelving units to maximize storage in your new home. You’d be surprised how much you can fit into a small space with clever storage options. Here are a couple of articles we found that have some solid advice for small space storage solutions. Check out this one from Architectural Digest and Better Homes & Gardens.
Take care of legal documents: Make sure to gather and organize all important legal documents such as divorce papers, birth certificates, and passports. Scan copies of documents to save electronic copies and store originals in waterproof containers. You may also want to digitize your documents and Adobe has a great resource here that can help you.
Seek support: Downsizing can be emotionally challenging. Seek support from friends, family, and professionals to help you navigate this transition.
In conclusion, downsizing after divorce can be a challenging process, but it's also an opportunity to start fresh and simplify your life. By taking inventory of your possessions, setting realistic goals, considering your new space, and seeking support from professionals, you can successfully downsize and move on to the next chapter of your life. If you need a hand, we’re happy to help.