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downsizing advice please

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    downsizing advice please


    Looking for advice suggestions etc from folks who have had real good and bad experiences with downsizing, prep to moving to smaller quarters-what I think I would like is a very part time helper to help sort organize and pitch-stuff for toss, to donate, lots of garage sale type stuff what to do with that.
    Do no want more hassle -the whole idea is achieve downsizing from two houses both fairly well pack ratted -in addition to the regular stuff- antique furniture and pieces worth a significant amount of money according to eBay etc.-


    Seems like I think I want an eBay type person who has the time, motivation, to assist me part time over a several month period of time in order to maximize the money involved -lots of expenses beside paying a percent to a helper- shipping, moving etc- this furniture is old oak very heavy and has to come up steps-I donít want to have to pay someone to take several thousands dollars worth of antique furniture off my hands. Of course I will need that money to relocate - thanks all.
    in other words a part time experienced downsizer hobbiest
    Again some one with first hand experience dealing with similar situations- thank you all for your advice-

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    First I would decide what I wanted to keep and then I would contact the best auctioneer in the area and ask them to auction off the remaining contents of both homes.

    Auctioneers are not inexpensive but they work to get the highest price for your goods and when the auction is over everything is gone.

    Good luck!

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    I agree with Aunt Bea. I’ve read about many people using auctions to get rid of stuff that they have inherited and very successfully

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    I have a friend who does this part-time but it's not her favorite thing to do, LOL. We live in a high labor market so she charges $25/hr. She just helped a woman who was a hoarder - a SERIOUS hoarder - move to another city. It took her client much more time, even with considerable help, than planned.

    I think her advice would be:
    1) Start NOW. A gigantic task is more manageable if you break it down into small projects. Start with a single wall, for example. Don't just move things around. If you haven't used (or even really looked at) an item in a year, it's not something you need.
    2) Don't get caught up in the "...but this is worth $$$$$$" trap. It's worth nothing to anyone just sitting there. Divorce yourself from the ego/pride of ownership.
    3) Prioritize - you'll have limited space and energy. It may be nice to have it, but in a small space everything counts. What you take with you must be worth the space it takes up and the energy to move it. It might help if you imagine having half the space you have now. What are the things which will make that smaller space feel like home to you?
    4) Categorize those possessions. There are "must haves", "nice to have", "pretty but for someone else to appreciate". Don't rush through it, but don't dawdle interminably, either. Restrict yourself to, maybe, two hours a day. Two working hours, not two "oh I remember the story of this" time-wasting. Then stop. Go make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and read a book, or watch TV.
    5) Lay in a supply of Scotch tape and Post-its. Anything you can't move yourself, tag it with the category.
    6) The next time you start working, take 10 min to look over what you did last time. Is there too much in the "must have" pile? Is there something you want to move from one category to another? Do it now. Then start work on a new wall/corner/room.
    7) At the end of a week's worth of work, check over how much is in each pile. You'll have multiple days' worth in your "must have" pile - now you can look at those items against one another. Maybe you marked Object A as a "must have" on day 1, but on day 3 you also marked Object F as a "must have". But they're both big, and sort of similar. Maybe F is a better choice to keep than A. So you move A into the "nice to have" pile.
    8) Downsizing is choosing. First priority is what you love vs what you like. Concentrate on what you love. The other two piles can be taken care of later. Auctions, estate liquidators, Craigslist, Next Door, eBay, Habitat for Humanity, charities, neighbors, friends/family - lots of options.

    If my friend's client had done this for even a couple of weeks before calling her, she probably could have saved at least 40% of the money she spent hiring her. The steps above were really all my friend helped in clarifying*. The actual decision-making had to be the client's responsibility (e.g., yours and only yours).

    (* well, that and moving boxes around. Her client had some physical handicaps which prevented her from doing everything herself.)

    HTH! Good luck with your efforts. We're downsizing too, and it's a job, for sure!

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    Right before we put our home up for sale, we had a garage sale. The goal was to get paid to have people haul off what we no longer needed, not make money. We were very successful. My only issue was I had to keep reminding my cousin who was helping us that the goal was to get rid of stuff, not make money. She kept complaining my prices were too low. We were able to get rid of all of it in about 4 hours! We still have too much stuff and we are going through it once more before we make our last move to our new retirement home so we will have even less to move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paxtonstafford View Post
    Looking for advice suggestions etc from folks who have had real good and bad experiences with downsizing, prep to moving to smaller quarters-what I think I would like is a very part time helper to help sort organize and pitch-stuff for toss, to donate, lots of garage sale type stuff what to do with that.
    Do no want more hassle -the whole idea is achieve downsizing from two houses both fairly well pack ratted -in addition to the regular stuff- antique furniture and pieces worth a significant amount of money according to eBay etc.-


    Seems like I think I want an eBay type person who has the time, motivation, to assist me part time over a several month period of time in order to maximize the money involved -lots of expenses beside paying a percent to a helper- shipping, moving etc- this furniture is old oak very heavy and has to come up steps-I donít want to have to pay someone to take several thousands dollars worth of antique furniture off my hands. Of course I will need that money to relocate - thanks all.
    in other words a part time experienced downsizer hobbiest
    Again some one with first hand experience dealing with similar situations- thank you all for your advice-
    I would hire someone that does not have the "attachment" to the things you've "hoarded". Much more of an unbiased approach to getting rid of your "stuff".
    Personal attachments to the things you've accumulated will make your decision to keep or sell very difficult.
    A second person with no personal attachment will help you with the decisions to continue "hoarding" forgetting rid of the stuff.
    Doing it by yourself will be very difficult.
    Best of luck!

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    I have posted this before but it's some of the best advice I've ever been given. I visited a 105 year old postal patron after she had a mild stroke. She said " you know, when I went from a five bedroom house to a one bedroom apartment it was SO stressful. All that worry and stress about what to keep, give up or donate and THIS is what we all wind up with (and she pointed to each) a bed, a dresser, a TV and a chair".
    That was our mantra when we downsized.

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