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14 tips on downsizing, moving

Should it stay or should it go?

1. Only take things that are functional, sentimental or beautiful.

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2. Keep chairs and couches with sturdy frames, leave those that are low, deep and difficult to get in and out of.

3. Bring multi-purpose furniture, such as ottomans with storage space and tables with shelves.

4. Can’t bring a sentimental keepsake because it’s too big? Take a picture of it, frame it, and hang it in your new home.

5. Let go to let in — ditch the old to let the new enter your life

6. Pace yourself. Ask for help from family members if you work well together.

7. Be ruthless when sorting. Packing and moving things you don’t need or have space for is costly.

8. Think about the amount of entertaining, socializing, and cooking you will do to determine what dishes, glassware, and kitchen equipment to pack.

9. Scan important photos to CD’s to eliminate bulky albums.

10. Consider switching to a Kindle or an iPad instead of cluttering a smaller home with too many books.

11. Bring artwork and decorative pieces you love. If they don’t fit in the new space, disperse them later.

12. When sorting through closets, move only the things you actually wear or have worn in the last year.

13. Measure each piece of furniture to see if it will fit in the new space. Create a floor plan.

14. If the above is too overwhelming consider hiring a senior move management company.

SOURCES: Emily Henderson, Secrets from a Stylist, Joan Roover, A Thoughtful Move

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