Thinking of Downsizing?

Thinking of downsizing? Want to live a bit more minimalist? Or maybe you’re preparing for retirement? 

Here are tips for downsizing and getting rid of stuff that’s difficult to get rid of… 

Start Early & Start Small — The more you procrastinate, the harder it’s going to be. You’re going to have to sell a lot of stuff, take a lot of trash to the dump, and do some packing. The sooner you get started, the better. 

Sell Items On Craigslist & Facebook Marketplace — You can list your stuff for sale for free on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. You can also hold a few yard sales if you want. But don’t neglect the online platforms. If the price is right, things can sell pretty quickly. Make sure to get rid of any duplicate items you have and also sell items that belong to a room you won’t have in the new house (an office, for instance). 

Avoid The ‘Maybe’ Pile — When figuring out what to keep, try to avoid the ‘Maybe’ pile. Force yourself to say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to each item and that will move things along much faster and stop you from second-guessing yourself. 

Ask, “Does This Still Bring Me Joy?” — A neat little trick for figuring out whether you want to keep something is to ask this question. Does the item still bring you joy? If it doesn’t, you should probably just get rid of it. You could also ask, “If I were buying this item new, how much would I be willing to pay for it?” If you wouldn’t be willing to pay for it, then that’s an indication it should go in the bye-bye pile. 

Hope that helps! And if you want to sell your house quickly and easily, as-is for cash, give us a call at Stillwater Properties— we’d love to make you an offer! (608) 523-9807

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