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Follow these simple directions for successful downsizing

Follow these simple directions for successful downsizing



If you’re downsizing, be sure you now where you’re headed before you start!

Downsizing can be a lot like driving with a car full of screaming kids. If you don’t know exactly where you’re going before you set out, you won’t get far.

Would you begin a road trip by waiting until you got into the car to ask each child where they wanted to go? Of course not!  Five minutes like that and everyone would start having meltdowns. (Including you!)

Instead, you’d plan the trip and make sure everyone was on board before you got going. When the kids got restless, you’d keep them focused on where you wanted to go.

If you’re thinking about downsizing, it’s equally critical to think about where you want to arrive at the end of your journey.

Start going through your stuff with no clear plan and you can easily find yourself lost in the backroads of memories. You’ll have a very tough time getting back on track from that place.

When you know not just where you’re going, but why, deciding what you want to take and what you want to leave is easy.

Before you start downsizing, decide where you want to go. Think about:

  • Where do you want to end up at the end of this process?
  • What’s your objective in taking this journey?
  • How do you want to feel when you arrive?
  • What do you need to have – and what don’t you need when you get there?

Begin with the end in mind and you’re sure not only to get there faster, but to have a much more enjoyable trip!

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